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


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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