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Keep on growing


April 18th 2017


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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



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