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


Institutions and companies of the aerospace sector meet in Seville to advance a strategy to boost the space industry

Our Center participated in this initiative led by the IDEA Agency and that is part of the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane Cities in 2019

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Our Center participated on December 20 in a working meeting at the Airbus facilities in Tablada (Seville) in which different institutions and companies of regional and national scope brought together in order to promote a strategy to boost the Space industry in Andalusia. In this meeting, representatives of TEDAE, the HELICE Cluster, Andalucía Aerospace, the Ministry of Defence, some universities, Airbus, the City Council of Seville and the Junta de Andalucía participated, through the IDEA Agency, the Ministry of Employment, Business and Trade, which is in charge of the Technical Secretariat of the Andalusian Industrial Strategy and is responsible and leads this process.

As a result of this first working meeting, the base for the constitution of the Commission for the Space Industry in Andalusia was set up, at the beginning of 2019, within the framework of the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities. Likewise, a roadmap and a program of events aimed at industry have been established, which will culminate at the end of the year, on the eve of the Interministerial Commission of the European Space Agency, with an international event on Space Technologies for Dual-Use, civil and Defence.

Andalusia, which is committed to the development of industry and innovation as a vector of territorial transformation through the Andalusian Industrial Strategy EIA2020, has recognized the space environment as an opportunity field of advanced industry on which to bet to generate activity and employment.

Therefore, it has launched this alliance between institutions, companies, knowledge and administration entities, in order to strengthen and link the players of the space industry in Andalusia; know their capabilities, connect regionally, nationally and internationally and establish a roadmap to position our region to take advantage of the opportunities in the European space strategy, and those actions arising from the European Defence Strategy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, Science, Innovation and Universities, and Agriculture, and the European Space Agency (ESA) can be implemented in Andalusia.

February 1st 2019
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