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

Projects

The ADDISPACE project offers an advanced course in metallic additive manufacturing to train companies and professionals in the sector


CATEC was the organizer of this course, which was a great success of participation and assessment by the attendees


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The CATEC facilities hosted last June the Advanced Course of Metallic Additive Manufacturing, organized by our Center within the framework of the European project ADDISPACE, in which it participates.

This initiative was aimed at companies interested in learning in deep about processes related to additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, especially in the aerospace sector, with the objective of bringing this technology to SMEs for future acquisition and / or integration into their business models and manufacturing processes, showing the value chain of the entire process, and their real experiences, including the positive and negative aspects.

The course ended with great success, as a total of 22 professionals and experts of the sector completed the capacity of the event. The course lasted 3 days and focused on AM processes and NDT verification techniques (non-destructive testing) applied to aerospace sector. In addition, among other issues, topological optimization and design focused on additive manufacturing were addressed, and one of the most important aspects, focused on non-destructive inspection techniques (NDT) and their added value in this emerging manufacturing process.

The European project ADDISPACE, belonging to the Interrog Sudoe call, is an initiative that aims to promote additive manufacturing technologies as a change in the manufacturing paradigm in the aerospace sector and as an opportunity for SMEs. It also seeks to demonstrate the technological and economic feasibility and high levels of quality of metal components built using this technology.

The project, in which different companies and institutions from Spain, France and Portugal participate, has a duration of 3 years and a budget of 1.7 million euros, of which 1.3 million euros are funded by the ERDF funds. More information in http://www.addispace.eu/.

Diagnosis and Study of Opportunities:
http://www.addispace.eu/gestor/recursos/uploads/imagenes/noticias/INFORME/State_of_the_art_MAM-ENGLISH_low.pdf

Catalogue:
http://www.addispace.eu/gestor/recursos/uploads/imagenes/home/slider/SUDOE_AERONAUTIC_media.pdf

Online catalogue:
http://addispace.ipleiria.pt/


July 10th 2018
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