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


New impetus to R&D

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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

July 31st 2013
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