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


On the right way

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At CATEC we have always been responsible for our work, as a technology centre; our objectives and our illusions had to lie in a fundamental premise: the economic feasibility. In other words, our project would only be sustainable if we were able to attract other different resources from public funds, which enabled the first big effort to start the Centre, resources coming from private markets and from EC and Spanish public grants for RDI projects which are no less competitive.

Our 2010 balance sheet points out clearly that we are on the right way, since private invoicing for RD works to third parties amounted to €2.2 millions, which represents 57% of the Centre’s total income. Furthermore, an important part of 43% of public invoicing corresponds to grants which have been reached after a competitive process where CATEC showed to have more experience and/or best projects. This income distribution is good news from the sustainable point of view. And it is mainly better news from the utility point of view which is our raison d’être.

Because CATEC was created for that reason, for aerospace companies to dispose of a technology and reliable allied for their R&D&I projects. Today CATEC is not only that referral technology allied for Andalusian firms, but also for national and international ones. Besides, it has been able to bring R&D&I aerospace projects to Andalusia which could have “escaped” elsewhere.

This new Infocatec issue is again a reliable showcase of our Centre’s activity and projects. From these lines, I thank all of you who have trusted and still do our capacities. We will keep on working to be worthy of your trust and of those new companies and institutional partners who want to count on us.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director

October 31st 2011
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