Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

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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