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 Centre collaborates on a workshop to define the new strategic plan and economic development of Seville for the next years

Our director, Joaquin Rodriguez, took part in a debate on the diagnostic reporting and opportunities of growth for aeronautical, industry and logistics sectors in the Andalusian capital

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Last April, the city council of Seville, through its Area of Economics, Trade and Institutional Relations, held a day in which different social and economic agents of the city analyzed the first diagnostic studies on the different productive sectors of the capital and its metropolitan area (logistics and transportation, industry and aeronautics) that they have made for the revision of its Strategic Plan 2020-30. This was the first meeting to advance a document containing the planning of labor and economic development of the city in the long run, defining sectors and market niches, as well as growth opportunities, through collective work with other entities and organizations.

This roundtable was attended by our director, Joaquin Rodriguez Grau, also president of the Helice Cluster, along with directors of the Airbus Group, the Port of Seville, the Confederation of Employers of Seville, Fedeme, the Chamber of Commerce of Seville, the companies Hispacold, Siderurgica Sevillana and Sevisur Logística, and the Business Parks Association of Seville, as well as representatives of the trade unions CCOO and UGT and the president of the Economic and Social Council of Seville, Milagro Martín. The event was chaired by Carmen Castreño, the delegate of Economy of the City of Seville, and was attended by the Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Administration of the City Council, Joaquin Castillo, and Gaspar Llanes, General Secretary of Economy of the Regional Government of Andalusia. About 200 people attended the conference.

Some of the contributions and conclusions of this first meeting of debate highlighted the need for a better interconnection between companies located in Seville; the bet on research, development and innovation; the business alliances to win size; the collaboration between industry and their own services companies; the transfer of technologies; the revitalization of the business parks; specific training of employees and of small and medium entrepreneurs in new market niches; the boost to sustainable mobility and electric vehicles; the cooperation in research.

June 14th 2017
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