Technological milestones to keep on growing

A new year ends and it's time to take stock of the work done and technological milestones achieved by FADA-CATEC in 2017, which confirms one more year the good work we have carried out to foster innovation and technological development in the aerospace sector in general.
These results confirm we are one of the most advanced research and technology centers in the sector in Spain and Europe, especially in fields such as robotics, unmanned systems and new advanced manufacturing processes (Factory of the Future, Industry 4.0), in addition to additive manufacturing technology (3D printing). We do not say it, but Administrations and entities with their awards and recognitions have valued this year in a very special way the work and effort that our Center and its researchers, experts and technicians have developed looking for constant technological innovation. A great support to the role that FADA-CATEC plays in the sector, working for R&D to become an indispensable element in our aerospace companies.
We are especially proud of the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, granted by the European Commission, and the Jury Innovation Prize of the "EU Drone Awards", collected in the European Parliament, for our latest developments in the field of unmanned robotic systems, which are already a global milestone. Also of the awards of the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, HELICE, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Environment of Andalusia, or the "Antonio Torres" Prize of the IV National Congress of R&D in Defence and Security , which serve as an incentive to keep on working for innovation and strengthening the competitiveness of our aerospace sector.
There are many other important initiatives and technological projects that we have carried out last year, among which I would like to highlight the participation in international robotics competition MBZIRC, in which the team formed by CATEC achieved important results among the best and most prestigious universities and research centers around the world; or the organization of UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the first congress in Spain devoted specifically to the drone sector and its applications in agriculture and the environment, and which is now a national reference. No less relevant was the collaboration on technological milestones as the first drone flight identified, geolocated and controlled through the mobile network, using Vodafone's 4G network and carried out in Seville.
In short, it has been a year to be satisfied with the successes achieved and to reaffirm our trajectory in these ten years of life of FADA-CATEC, but also to make us see that only with good work will we be able to achieve the challenges of the aerospace sector, helping our companies and the industry to reach them. For a 2018 full of new projects, Happy New Year!
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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