In good health

We reached the middle of the year and it’s time to take stock of the path of the Andalusian aerospace sector, just after the celebration a few weeks ago of the largest business event in the industry in our country, the Aerospace & Defense Meetings 2018. An event that once again made Seville the epicenter of national and international aerospace industry, attended by the main actors of the sector, both the large tractors as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as the main contractors and national and international Tier 1 , with, whom the attending companies could maintain business contacts and explore ways of collaboration or contracts for the future.

The numbers of this fourth edition of ADM Sevilla showed that it is a fully consolidated event, and that, in part, reflect the good health of the aerospace industry in Spain and Andalusia: more than 1,100 professionals from 350 companies from 28 countries attended the fair. In the country, more than 8,000 business meetings were held among the attendees, and some 70 companies and technological infrastructures were visited. In CATEC we witnessed this, contributing to strengthen the ties of technological development that our community has in some of the areas that are called to lead the future of the sector, such as advanced robotics or Industry 4.0.

Beyond these quantitative figures it also should be noted the announcement by the President of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, on the development and implementation in the short term of the new Strategic Plan for the aerospace sector. It will focus on aspects such as innovation, development, research, talent and the competitiveness and productivity of our industry. This new plan it will allow us to take a new leap and face the great challenges of the sector in a global context, that is always difficult and that can generate uncertainties.

After ADM Sevilla, the Andalusian industry is reinforced and sets course for new markets to continue promoting its internationalization, competitiveness and know-how in the sector. The next stop is the Farnborough fair, where I am convinced that our companies will continue advancing in that goal to position and reaffirm ourselves in the top positions of the global aerospace industry.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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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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