Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


Opportunities and synergies

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The development and application of new technologies in different industrial sectors not only involves research or development of a new product or service, but also the ability of adapting or transferring a technology already in use in a particular field to another in which could be used its potential and be applied with new innovations, providing a higher added value. Dual-use technologies are an example of them, ie, those technologies that can be applied in a civil environment and are also susceptible to military use, or vice versa.

Through the “International Conference on Dual-Use Technologies”, Seville and Andalusia had the opportunity to become these days in a large forum for discussion and analysis of the use of these technologies and their future, in which have participated about 200 companies and regional, national and European institutions from more than ten countries.

Including FADA-CATEC, which has participated in a special way in the event showing all technologies developed by our companies and research institutions in order to explore synergies and business opportunities that may represent a competitive advantage in industries such as aerospace or defense.

These were days of intense work, conferences, presentations and business meetings between companies and attending institutions that we believe will give a new boost to encourage collaboration in the business network, and bring advances in important areas such as electronics, nanotechnology, new materials, and telecommunications. Also to consolidate the active work of R&D that takes place in Andalusia and Spain in sectors such as defense and aerospace, and firmly to position ourselves in innovation strategies for smart specialization (RIS3) demanded by EU and shape the future of economic and technological growth in the coming decades. Just working in this line we will get to be well positioned and we will make our industry stronger and more competitive for the challenges of the future.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
FADA Director Manager

November 10th 2015
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