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


Our Center shows its latest developments and technologies on NDT in the European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing

Seven technology communications were presented by CATEC at the event, which brought together leading European researchers and technologists in Sweden

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CATEC is a reference center in the development of Non-Destructive Testing technologies, from the use of different methods, systems development, automation, and technology transfer. Our center recently presented its latest innovations in this field, specifically a total of seven communications, at the 12th European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (ECNDT) held in Gothenburg (Sweden) from 11 to 15 June.

The head of the Materials and Processes Division of CATEC, Fernando Lasagni, was in charge of presenting some of them as the diAAMond system, developed under the Clean Sky call of the European Commission, in collaboration with the Spanish company Tecnatom. We also presented our leak detection technology using infrared thermography and CO2 tracer gas, a work carried out in collaboration with the Airbus Group for inspection of hydraulic and pneumatic lines, and leakage of airplane fuel tank.

Tecnatom presented its WiiPA inspection system, an example of partnership with our Center and what is been transferred to the company. The event brought together leading researchers and technologists in Europe in the field of NDT, and included a scientific program with nearly 130 sessions and nearly 500 presentations.

July 10th 2018
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