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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As the new Managing Director of FADA CATEC, I have the opportunity of addressing you all taking advantage of this new digital newsletter, which has become one of our main ways to let everybody know about our projects and initiatives carried out from our Foundation and Technological Centre. It has become a very useful tool for the aerospace sector.

And I make it with a strong message of commitment and hard work to continue the support to R&D that our company has been developing for our Andalusian Aerospace Industry since 2008. I’m sure not only by the Innovation and technological development we will keep on contributing to the improvement and competitiveness of our companies. And what’s more important, to keep on positioning our company in the market, in areas of added value called to lead the technological innovation in the world aerospace sector, like unmanned air systems, avionics, robotics or new materials and manufacturing processes.

One sample of that collaboration with the industry can be recently found with the first “CATEC Industry Day”. A meeting to bring closer the latest technologies and improvements developed by our Centre and reinforce the relation with aerospace and technological enterprises, and without any doubt, it has been a complete success of participation and exchange of experiences and knowledge.

There are other examples such as the working day dedicated to new applications with unmanned air systems for inspections and maintenance works in different industrial sectors. Some of them have already been developed by our investigators and experts in the frame of the European Project ARCAS. They are opening the way for new civil uses with this kind of aircrafts.

All of them reflect our commitment in satisfying the requirements and technological needs of the industry, promote cooperation and synergies for the development of new projects and promote technology transfer. To this aim I’ll focus all my efforts as the new Director of FADA. Continuing this way is the key to strength the position of the aerospace andalusian sector as the third aerospace European hub. This way we will be able to aim future business opportunities.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Managing Director of FADA

December 31st 2014
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