In good health

We reached the middle of the year and it’s time to take stock of the path of the Andalusian aerospace sector, just after the celebration a few weeks ago of the largest business event in the industry in our country, the Aerospace & Defense Meetings 2018. An event that once again made Seville the epicenter of national and international aerospace industry, attended by the main actors of the sector, both the large tractors as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as the main contractors and national and international Tier 1 , with, whom the attending companies could maintain business contacts and explore ways of collaboration or contracts for the future.

The numbers of this fourth edition of ADM Sevilla showed that it is a fully consolidated event, and that, in part, reflect the good health of the aerospace industry in Spain and Andalusia: more than 1,100 professionals from 350 companies from 28 countries attended the fair. In the country, more than 8,000 business meetings were held among the attendees, and some 70 companies and technological infrastructures were visited. In CATEC we witnessed this, contributing to strengthen the ties of technological development that our community has in some of the areas that are called to lead the future of the sector, such as advanced robotics or Industry 4.0.

Beyond these quantitative figures it also should be noted the announcement by the President of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, on the development and implementation in the short term of the new Strategic Plan for the aerospace sector. It will focus on aspects such as innovation, development, research, talent and the competitiveness and productivity of our industry. This new plan it will allow us to take a new leap and face the great challenges of the sector in a global context, that is always difficult and that can generate uncertainties.

After ADM Sevilla, the Andalusian industry is reinforced and sets course for new markets to continue promoting its internationalization, competitiveness and know-how in the sector. The next stop is the Farnborough fair, where I am convinced that our companies will continue advancing in that goal to position and reaffirm ourselves in the top positions of the global aerospace industry.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


Fernando Lasagni is awarded with the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Materials

Our Head of the Materials and Processes Division and its team have been recognized for their work in the application of additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) to new uses in the aerospace field

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Fernando Lasagni, Head of the Materials and Processes Division of CATEC, has been awarded the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Material (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde) in order to recognize the work and scientific projection of those researchers, ideas and technologies related to the science and engineering of the materials that have managed to be implemented in the industry and that constitute a reference for their novelty.

Dr. Fernando Lasagni and his team have been recognized for their work in the field of the application of additive manufacturing technology, popularly known as 3D printing, to new uses in the aeronautical and aerospace field, such as the manufacturing of parts for space launchers, and for different and civil and military aircraft and next-generation helicopters.

According to the German scientific society, "Lasagni’s team has participated in the development and manufacture of critical flight components, that is, structures of maximum responsibility with the highest quality requirements, which also reduce the launch and manufacturing costs, and delivery times". Another reason for the award has been the development of procedures and non-destructive tests for the qualification and quality analysis of aerospace components by computerized tomography, procedures that have been validated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Likewise, the work carried out by Lasagni and his team have been highlighted as referents in the R&D of aerospace components by 3D printing, and qualified to fly. These activities have been possible thanks to the collaboration with companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, CITD, TRYO Aerospace, Iberespacio, Zero 2 Infinity, Renishaw, Airgrup, or Alestis Aerospace, among others.

The Georg-Sachs-Preis will be awarded during a ceremony to be held in the German city of Darmstadt next September, on the occasion of the "Materials Science and Engineering" (MSE) Conference, which will bring together more than 1,500 scientists and experts from around the world in the field of Engineering and Materials Science. The work and research carried out by Lasagni and his team will also be presented at this conference.

July 10th 2018
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