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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The main value of a research centre lies in the role it plays as promoter of technological development on the environment, collaborating with other entities and institutions with the purpose of transferring knowledge and R&D results to enterprises and industrial productive network, in order to improve their competitiveness and dissemination from a national and international point of view. Research and development would be useless if that hard laboratory working did not result in innovative and state-of-the-art applications that enable a new improvement or provide for a new added value to the industrial activity of a sector, in this case, the aerospace industry, since the enterprises are those which, thanks to these innovations, on their turn generate employment and wealth around them, and in other words, they may help to the economical growth.

That is why, at CATEC, we are especially proud of the new landmark that has been reached: the inclusion in the Record of Research Results Transfer Offices (OTRI), of the Ministry for Economy. That is a homologation that certificates the condition of our Centre as organization that gathers together top level research and scientific projects from a national and international point of view and also dedicated to the development and transfer of new technologies for its implementation in companies of the aerospace industry.

Such distinction also consolidates the work developed by CATEC as one of the most dynamic research centers and, even more important, it increases its possibilities to collaborate with other members of the OTRI network to exchange information and knowledge that may result in the execution of projects and initiatives for common use. We believe that, as a result of this cooperation work, there will appear new advances and progresses that will have a positive consequence on the technological development of the industry.

Doubtlessly, the qualification as OTRI means a step forward in the route of CATEC, which is, step by step, moving forward to occupy a place in the top technological centers ranking regarding the European aerospace environment, thanks to the participation and development of pioneering projects like some of those explained on this issue. A task that also involves the promotion in the main events and forums of the aeronautic industry and other dissemination activities among institutions and entities that already value as positive our work and effort supporting R&D. This is an effort and a commitment that we will keep carrying on.

Juan Pedro Vela
Managing Director


November 13th 2012
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