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


International positioning

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Step by step, quietly, but working hard and truthfully, CATEC is creating a trademark and a reputation within the international aeronautical industry. To support this statement, there is the recent award of the agreement with Safran engineering at Le Bourget, an information that also strengthens the image and international positioning of our Centre, as a valuable technological partner for big European engineering firms.

Indeed, we tried to show at Le Bourget the wide range of capabilities, resources and services that we can offer to companies, as well as the experience that we have gathered together during these years, which is already our best guarantee, even though we are a “young” Centre.

Modestly, but with a strong conviction, nowadays we can say that CATEC is an European benchmark in some of the most interesting research lines with the biggest potentiality that there are being developed in this industry, particularly in the sector of UAV technologies, in which we have recently achieved another success: the first  completely automatic night flight of an Andalusian UAV.

You will find these and other news about CATEC on this new issue of the bulletin, which aim is to show companies which are our technological capabilities and how can we help them to reach their targets in a more and more demanding and global market.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director

July 29th 2011
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