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New impetus to R&D

July 31st 2013

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When FADA-CATEC began its journey in the year 2008, one of the objectives and assumptions established by our Center for the development of its activities was to promote research, technological development and innovation in the auxiliary aerospace companies of Andalusia and Spain, and today we can say that, along with other agents and entities, we are achieving it, doing our own bit. We see this mirrored in the last report of the Andalusian aerospace sector developed by the Hélice Cluster, which has shown as in one year, despite the economic and financial crisis, the Andalusian aerospace industry keeps growing and making efforts to increase its investments in R&D.

Especially, in the case of the auxiliary companies in the region, which increased by 90% their investment in R&D in 2012, reaching also the 7.7% on average of their total sales. Developments associated with the Airbus A350 XWB program or the participation in new aerospace programs, which require a significant investment effort in this area, have been some of the reasons for this new growth in the Andalusian industry.

But we must also add the role of CATEC, that in the last year continued to contribute to the R & D sector, with its intense research, and especially with its support and technical assistance to the Andalusian aeronautical companies. In regards to this, we must underline the participation to such calls as the program Innterconecta, in which CATEC participates along with other technology centers, universities and companies of the community (tractor and SMEs), and that has recently approved a new round of projects for its development in the period 2013-2104.

This impulse to R&D, should be an incentive to continue working on achieving greater added value and improve the technological component of the activities, products and services of the auxiliary aeronautical enterprises. Only this way we will remain competitive on the global market and we will be well positioned for the new future opportunities of the aerospace industry.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director

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