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


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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