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

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The "AL-ROBOTICS" team, led by CATEC, successfully completes its participation in the MBZIRC competition, the largest one in robotics and drones worldwide


The group of researchers achieved the 5th best result in one of the tests of the competition and the 7th in another, placing it among the best technology centers and universities in the world in this field


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The team of researchers and engineers AL-ROBOTICS, made up of professionals from CATEC, the University of Seville, and the company GMV, has successfully completed its participation in the MBZIRC competition (The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge), the largest international competition of aerial and ground robotics and unmanned systems that were held last March in Abu Dhabi.

This team has been one of the few selected worldwide and the only Spanish one participating in this competition organized by the University of Khalifa, and has brought together the most important universities and research centers of robotics around the world, coming from USA, Europe and Asia.

The Andalusian team achieved the 5th best result in the test consisting of landing an unmanned aerial system in an autonomous moving car and without pilot intervention, a challenge only overcome by five of the 25 participating teams, and with a higher score from the sixth and the rest. It also achieved the 7th best result in another test consisting of using several aerial robots that, cooperating among themselves autonomously, were able to locate, collect and deposit several fixed and mobile objects in specific sites. In the final test, the team finished in a meritorious 12th position, among the best centers in the world.

The results reached has positioned the team led by FADA-CATEC and the University of Seville to the international vanguard in the field of robotics, especially aerial, with the use of unmanned systems for the development of multiple tasks in applications for different specific sectors, in competition with the best research centers and universities of robotics in the world. The competition has brought together a total of 25 teams, most of them from major universities, technology institutes and robotics centers around the world, following an initial selection process in which they registered 143 applications forms from 35 countries.




April 18th 2017
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