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


Investing to keep on growing

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Data from Andalusian aerospace during 2013 presented a few weeks ago by the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster Helix highlighted again that companies and industry enterprises in the community are very healthy. That’s because, in the last year, they kept the upward trend and the rate of sustained growth they have been experiencing for over a decade in its main indicators, such as sales, employment and productivity, and have increased notably in other fields such as exports. It’s expected Data will keep on growing in the next years, thanks to the increase of the ram up of A400M and the entry into series production of the A350 and A320neo, the two new models of Airbus involving an important part of the sector in Andalusia.

2013 hasn’t been as good in other fields in this sector, we are referring to investments, an especially important sector for FADA-CATEC. That’s the case of investments in R &D, which came down in the auxiliary industry with reference to 2012. It’s been because of the end of FEDER- Innterconecta Projects. In addition, there has been a loss of almost 10% workers which worked in the R & D departments and subsidiary companies, despite the efforts made by the industry in an economic and financial context which still remains difficult.

All the different Public Administrations have been offering their support to the aerospace sector and their commitment with research, technological development and innovation, especially Andalusia. Large tractor companies are claiming a stable investment strategy and support R&D that strengthens our industry in all areas in which we are already a model, and also let us to get a foothold and grow in others that will shape the future of the aviation in the future. It is a very important factor if we want to participate in new developments and programs linked to the international aerospace industry, such as the case of aircraft and unmanned systems or intelligent manufacturing.

CATEC is convinced about this is the way we should go together, administrations, companies and technological and research centres, so that we can establish ourselves as one of the most important aeronautic poles and be prepared to access new global market business opportunities.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Manager

July 4th 2014
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