Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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The Aeronautics, Space and Dual Technologies Sectorial Group of the Enterprise Europe Network visits the CATEC facilities


The members of this European working group learned about some of the main R&D projects that CATEC is currently developing


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CATEC received on October 2 and 3 the visit of the Sectoral Group "Aeronautics, Space and Dual Technologies" of the Enterprise Europe Network, a visit made through the Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA) and framed within the meeting that meets every semester brings together experts from the main regions of Aviation, Space and Dual Use Technologies of Europe. Specifically, this meeting was held in Aerópolis with the aim of consolidating the participation of the IDEA Agency in this Sectoral Group and enhancing the international character of the event on Dual Technologies "Synergies between European Defense Funds and for Research and Innovation in Use Technologies Dual ", organized those days in Seville.

During their visit to our facilities, the members of this European working group got to know some of the main R&D projects that CATEC is currently developing, with special attention to those related to the aerospace and defense areas. Also, they were presented with the capabilities and services that the center offers for collaboration with other entities and companies.

The Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest network of support for competitiveness and business innovation, with a special focus on technology and business cooperation, as well as on the participation of companies in European projects and programs such as Horizon 2020. They are part of she has about 600 entities from more than 60 countries. The Network is led in Andalusia by the IDEA Agency, and the Andalusian Knowledge Agency, the Confederation of Andalusian Businessmen and the Andalusian Council of Chambers also participate.


October 30th 2018
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