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

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Successful participation of CATEC in a new edition of the ADM Sevilla international meeting


Our Center and the company Zero 2 Infinity presented the first 3D printing space rocket engines, participated in different workshops and conferences and held a high number of B2B meetings


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CATEC successfully attended ADM Sevilla 2018, the largest business meeting of the aerospace sector in Spain and one of the events of reference in Europe, which was held once again in the capital of Andalusia . Our center developed different activities and presentations in which it presented its latest technology that is already being applied by the industry of the sector, at the same time that it held many B2B business meetings and interviews with companies and international and national entities.

Among the activities developed, it took place the official launching of the combustion chamber for Zero 2 Infinity’s Bloostar engine, made by FADA-CATEC through advanced manufacturing technology (3D printing).

This aerospace component was presented by the director of CATEC, Joaquin Rodriguez Grau; the head of the Materials and Processes Division, Fernando Lasagni; and the founder and CEO of the company Zero 2 Infinity, Jose Mariano Lopez-Urdiales. The Regional Minister of Employment, Business and Trade of the Government of Andalusia, Javier Carnero, was also participating in this important presentation, who highlighted the potential of this type of technologies because of their advantages, and the leadership of both entities in the aerospace sector.

The 3D printing of this engine is an international milestone, the result of the collaboration between CATEC and Zero 2 Infinity,and implies a key step in the development of a new generation of space rocket engines through more efficient technologies, since it entails a dramatic reduction in cost, environmental impact, production time, and mass.

The CATEC agenda at ADM Sevilla 2018 also included participation in several workshops and round tables, such as “High altitude pseudo-satellites: state- of-the-art, challenges and trends", in which the opportunities represented by this new type of satellites were analyzed, or a presentation of the European project AERIS, of which CATEC is a partner.





July 10th 2018
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