Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


The ADDISPACE project promotes additive manufacturing technology as a change in the manufacturing paradigm for the aerospace sector in Europe

CATEC is part of this new initiative involving different companies and institutions from Spain, France and Portugal and will be developed until 2019

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The launching meeting of the new European project ADDISPACE was held at ESTIA (Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées) in Bidart (France) last November. CATEC participate in this project, that is part of the Interrog Sudoe competition.

This project aims to promote additive manufacturing technology as a change in the manufacturing paradigm in the aerospace sector and as an opportunity for SMEs in the sector. It also seeks to demonstrate the technological and economic viability and the high levels of quality of the metal components manufactured through this new technology, increasingly used in different sectors- It aslo aims to raise awareness of the opportunities of specialization and employability that this area offers in the working market.

To achieve this, the initiative will create a platform for the diffusion and transfer of technologies between research centers and industry for companies to incorporate 3D metal printing technologies, such as selective laser fusion and laser metal deposition, two most important additive manufacturing technologies for the manufacture of metal components.

The project involves different companies and institutions from Spain, France and Portugal (including the Spanish Clúster HÉLICE, Hegan, and IK4-Lortek, and others like Airbus), and has a duration of 3 years. I has a budget of 1.7 million euros, of which 1.3 million will be contributed by the ERDF Funds.

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December 30th 2016
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