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


Rosy prospects

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We launch a new edition of INFOCATEC, our electronic newsletter, after the end of the financial year 2012 that has strengthened the solid foundations of R&D development in the aerospace industry. CATEC is playing an outstanding part as a boost and as a transfer of technology and knowledge to the aeronautical sector. It can be said that this new year presents rosy prospects for making progress. Some of our initiatives, which must go on helping to place the Spanish aerospace sector in the starting position of the international industry, reflect these prospects.

Firstly, the ATLAS Experimental Flight Centre must be stressed. It is a project led by CATEC that has already obtained a deciding permit (The Environmental Impact Declaration) necessary to start its construction work and that will be fully operative in 2013. This platform, designed for testing of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and systems (UAS), is an outstanding project for CATEC, and for the international and national aeronautics community. This results from the fact that these are the first scientific-technological facilities in Spain and Europe dedicated exclusively to UAS testing, checking and validation of new monitoring processes, and air traffic control.

Besides ATLAS centre, there are other initiatives and projects included in this number, such as Eurathlon and In Light. They both are investigations at European level in which CATEC is participating, and they will involve innovative technological applications, such as the use of robots and UAS in different open-air rescue measures or the development of smart windows for aircraft that will lower energy consumption.

This work in aerospace R&D is helping Andalusia to become the reference scene for events and conferences in the aerospace industry. This is particularly the case for the first “UAVs and Flight Control Systems Symposium”, which will be organized by the European Association of Aerospace Students (Euroavia) in Seville during the first week of March and which is sponsored by CATEC. We are convinced that these kinds of forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge are the breeding ground that complement R&D work in the aerospace industry and that will help the companies to improve their competitiveness in 2013.

Juan Pedro Vela
Chief Executive Officer

January 30th 2013
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