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 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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