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


Professionals from various sectors were informed in a workshop about using drones in emergency management

The activity was organized by the government delegation of Junta de Andalucia in Jaén and included a practical workshop in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center

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Last February, Regional Government of Andalusia organized through its government delegation in Jaén a training workshop in which more than a hundred professionals linked to the emergency sector were informed about the advantages of the application of drones in managing such situations.

The initiative was developed with the purpose of informing about the main applications of this type of aerial systems and about the legal framework that regulates the use of drones. It included a theoretical workshop by Anastasio Sánchez, director of ATLAS Experimental Flight Center in Villacarrillo, as well as other workshop which was celebrated in our facilities, too. In particular, the attendees visited the ATLAS Center and know its infrastructures of excellence devoted exclusively to experimentation, simulation and validation of light unmanned aircraft.

During the day they highlighted the wide possibilities of the use of drones, which allows opening a space for the training of professionals in the field of emergencies. The training was aimed at members of the State's security forces, local a regional police, firefighters and environment agents, as well as members of Civil Protection and the Emergency Group of Emergencies of Andalusia.

April 18th 2017
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