Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

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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