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 opportunities of entrepreneurship and business development that offer the aerospace industry to young entrepreneurs

CATEC hosted the I Entrepreneurship and Business Development Workshop of the Aerospace Industry where over 30 entrepreneurs met the aerospace technology possibilities in order to create business and employment

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With the objective of analyze and present entrepreneurship and business opportunities linked to new technologies of the aerospace industry, our Center hosted last March the I Entrepreneurship and Business Development Workshop of the Aerospace Industry, where nearly 30 young entrepreneurs participated in order to know first-hand business development possibilities in this industry.

This initiative was part of the “Aeroemprende” study, carried out by FADA-CATEC in collaboration with the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge and with the aim of detecting and analyzing business opportunities linked to new aerospace technologies. Young entrepreneurs of Business Development Support (CADE) from Seville, Cadiz and Andalucia Emprende Network attended the event, as well as experts from other interested companies.

Attendees met main conclusions of this study focused on major entrepreneurship opportunities for innovation technologies in the aerospace industry, like additive manufacturing; unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/RPAS), drones; and Automation technique and Robotization of processes for aerospace manufacturing.

The workshop finished with a visit to CATEC facilities where participants met some of the most outstanding research and technology projects, especially in the areas included in the study.

April 18th 2017
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