Strengthening bonds of collaboration

In CATEC we have always had a clear idea that technological innovation and development are fundamental to make the aerospace industry more advanced and competitive by offering products of the highest quality that contribute true added value to the aeronautic and space market. For this to be possible, it is essential to promote collaboration and cooperation between businesses (as OEMs as SMEs), technological centers, and general research companies in order to strengthen synergies and knowledge transfers. Without these synergies and transfers, everything would be harder to achieve by ourselves.

A perfect scenario for this are the fairs or technological events of reference in the sector, like Málaga´s Foro Transfiere or the World Mobile Congress. In these events the leading technology companies from Spain, Europe, and the world meet to present their new and innovative technologies. Besides, these events also allows experts to exchange ideas and experiences, take advantage of business opportunities, and even start collaborating on new R+D projects.

CATEC has had the privilege to participate in both events. We have presented our latest technological novelties in areas as important as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D-printing) and new production methods for aeronautic factories of the future, or new technologies to monitor and control drones through the new 4G telephone networks (in a pioneering initiative with Vodafone).

And we have been able to confirm that Spanish (and Andalusian) R+D is in good health. Our positioning in the aerospace field and in other areas and related industries have solid foundations despite having gone through the last difficult years of the crisis. As we have proved, strengthening bonds of collaboration is a fundamental condition to continue developing new technologies and processes that allow us to improve our activity. Only by collaborating with businesses, research centers and institutions will it be possible to reach the objectives that we create.

Thus, we walk on a good path, but we should not become too complacent and insist in continuing this way. Only through work, commitment and collaboration will we manage to continue with a firm step on the correct path which will position us and our R+D where it deserves to be: at the head of the international level.

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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