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 Andalusian Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning visits CATEC to know latest developments on Industry 4.0

Managers of the Andalusian Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (AFAR) made a tour by our Center and knew some technologies to improve business competitiveness

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Recently, managers of the Andalusian Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (AFAR) have visited our Centre to learn about the development and innovation lines on Industry 4.0 that CATEC develops and offers to Andalusian companies to improve their competitiveness, both in the aerospace industry as in other industrial sectors.

The president of FADA-CATEC and general director of the Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA), Antonio Gonzalez Marin, and the director of CATEC, Joaquin Rodríguez Grau, were in charge of receiving AFAR’s managers, who made a tour by our facilities to learn about innovative technologies and applications such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for the control and management of production, development of inspection methods for quality assurance based on thermography systems and laser shearography , leak detection, or automation of manufacturing processes using new robotic systems.

The AFAR delegation was composed by Jose María Raya, president; Aurelio Garcia, Vice-President; Manuel Servian, manager; and Pedro Galisteo, from the company Infrico; and Antonio Blanco, from Keyter Technologies, who were also accompanied by Manuel Carmona, provincial delegate in Cordoba of the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge; Manuel Perez Requena, manager of the IDEA Agency in Cordoba; Juan Pérez Guerrero, mayor of Lucena and Mª Araceli Berguillos, deputy mayor of the City of Lucena.

April 18th 2017
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