Growing abroad

There is no doubt that CATEC has become one of the most advanced technological centres in Spain and a reference in R&D in Europe, especially in areas such as drones and unmanned systems, robotics and industry 4.0, additive manufacturing (3D printing) or non-destructive inspection, which are already marking the present and future of the aerospace industry and other important productive sectors. And not because we say it, but the results that we have achieved throughout our 11 years of history and professional trajectory talk by themselves.

We announced some days ago a new milestone in the history of FADA-CATEC, and especially in our internationalization and growth process towards foreign markets. This is no other than the first project in the field of technological developments in 3D printing outside the European continent, thanks to the collaboration with the company INVAP Argentina, which means our leap crossing the ocean to Latin America, precisely in an area of great value such as components and parts manufacturing for satellites and launchers for the space sector.

In a year in which precisely the city of Seville is assuming and leading the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), and Andalusia is boosting its growth in the aeronautical sector reached in the last decade, we are convinced that this new CATEC project will contribute to show the high technological and industrial capacity that our industry has and to continue encouraging our companies to keep on on this good path, betting on R&D and high added value activities.

The latest figures for the year 2017 are again clear and consolidate Andalusia as a region that has not stopped growing in turnover, employment and exports in the aerospace sector, and that already faces the future with new challenges and illusions. The new strategic plan of the sector must be a key element in all this, and the base for the Andalusian aerospace sector to continue growing abroad, with the support of all the agents involved and with the R&D and the promotion of innovation as main allies. Only this way will strengthen our position as a of the fastest growing industries in the European and international level, and with better prospects for the coming years.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities



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CATEC’s facilities recently inaugurated include 3,000 m of laboratories and workshops and 1,500 m of office space located at Aeropolis, the Aerospace Technology Park of Andalusia, the only industrial park in Spain completely devoted to the aeronautical sector. During its coming-out, the president of the Andalusian Regional Government, highlighted that CATEC’s main objective is “to contribute improving the competitiveness of aerospace companies through scientific research, technological development and innovation, promoting knowledge generation and technology transfer”.

Griñán visited the facilities accompanied by the Regional Minister of Economy, Innovation and Science, Antonio Ávila; the Director-General of the Andalusian Agency for Innovation and Development (IDEA), Antonio Valverde; the Director-General of CATEC, Juan Pedro Vela, and several representatives of companies in the Andalusian aerospace industry, universities and academic institutions. Besides the institutional speech and the visits organized in several groups, a video about our Center’s services and objectives was shown, in which assistants could know, grosso modo, our technological capacities and our large scientific-technological equipment addressed to the aerospace research, specialized human resources integrated in our projects, and services offered by our main work areas: Materials and Processes, Avionics and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Automation and Robotics and Simulation and Software.

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Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities

Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities

Great business and institutional representation at oficial inauguration of our facilities


April 6th 2011
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