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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Almost ten years passed since the creation of the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA) and the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), which in just a decade have become one of the main drivers of research and innovation in the aerospace sector in Andalusia and Spain. Without them it would not be possible to understand all innovative activity and technological development of excellence that our industry has been developing in recent years to improve its competitiveness and positioning in the global market.

Ten years in which we have achieved important milestones and recognitions, some of them published in this newsletter, too: the awards granted by the Andalusian Aerospace HELICE cluster and the Social Sciences and Environment Academy, or the successful participation in the MBZIRC competition, in which we have led the only Spanish team that has competed with the main universities and R&D centers in the world in terms of robotics. But nothing compares to the gratifying work we have done for our companies to be more innovative and technological, and have increasingly inculcated the R&D seal in their DNA, as a fundamental value to keep on growing and reaching new goals in the aerospace sector.

We are moving forward, therefore, walking the right path, and we are sure that we have achieved a lot, but at the same time we know we have achieved nothing if we are not able to put new challenges on the horizon, and fulfill them, in order to not lose business opportunities and technology growth that the aerospace future offers. What we achieved will encourage us to continue working with greater effort and commitment, to position the Andalusian and Spanish aeronautics industry in the leading positions of the aerospace sector.

Joaquin Rodríguez Grau
Manager of CATEC


April 18th 2017
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