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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More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology


CATEC and the European project ADDISPACE, organized a conference where they also celebrated 40 meetings to promote technological collaboration


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More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology
Businesses, experts, and technology entities from Spain and different European countries met last February 21 in Aerópolis to analyze the potential development of Additive Manufacturing technology, known popularly as 3D-printing, for the future in the aerospace sector.

The conference, that was organized by CATEC within the European project ADDISPACE, counted more than 80 participating companies and included conferences and round table discussions between experts from firms like Airbus Defense & Space, ITP Aero, Renishaw Ibérica, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), PRINCIPIA, Alestis Aerospace, CITD Engineering, TRYO Aerospace, and the French Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies (ESTIA).

During the conference, the experts emphasized the use and application of the Additive Manufacturing technologies as one of the keys for developing more advanced and efficient manufacturing for the aeronautic and space industries.

The meeting also included the celebration of more than 40 B2B business meetings between the attendees and a presentation workshop about the ADDISPACE project, where the members of this initiative shared with participants some of their work done up to now in this field.

The ADDISPACE project’s objective is to spread and transfer additive manufacturing technologies into metallic materials for the aerospace sector in the SUDOE area, which includes Spain, Portugal, and the south of France. The initiative is co funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the framework of the Interreg SUDOE program, which is led by the French Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies (ESTIA).

Different companies, institutions, and research centers from Spain, France, and Portugal participate in ADDISPACE. Besides CATEC, other companies include: IK4-Lortek, Grupo Nicolás Correa Láser, the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Parts and Accessories (AFM), Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, VLM Robotics and Micronorma. Aerospace clusters like HÉLICE, PEMAS, and Aerospace Valley are also participants.

More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology

More than 80 aerospace and industrial companies meet to analyze the potential application of additive manufacturing technology


March 1st 2018
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