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


Test bench for functional tests with new electromechanical actuators for aerospace applications

CATEC is working on the development of this new technology for the ACE project, coordinated by CESA and in which participate the Andalusian firms Skylife Enginnering and Aerotecnic

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Test bench for functional tests with new electromechanical actuators for aerospace applications
CATEC is working on the development of a new technology to its application in the aerospace sector: the ACE program (Development of an Electromechanical Micro-Actuator with Incorporation of New Technologies for Aerospace Applications), a project of the call RETOS-Collaboration 2016 of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

The objective of this initiative is to design, develop and validate an electro-mechanical micro-actuator that can be part of the blocking system of the landing gear and doors of a civil aircraft, replacing conventional hydraulic systems. CATEC's mission in this project is to design the actuator and develop a test bench to perform functional tests on the actuator.

ACE is a collaborative R&D project, coordinated by CESA, in which also participe the Andalusian companies Skylife Engineering and Aerotecnic.

The initiative is aimed to extend the use of electromechanical actuators to more aircraft systems, contributing to the concept of fly by wire and, as a consequence, the reduction of weight in the aircraft and its environmental impact. In addition, it aims to position the Spanish industry in the world market for electromechanical micro-actuators of the latest generation and reduce dependence on foreign suppliers.

February 2nd 2017
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