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 Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Union, Pierre Moscovici, visited CATEC


The Commissioner was accompanied by the Andalusian President Susana Diaz, who met some of the initiatives financed by European funds in which our technology center is involved


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The Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Union, Pierre Moscovici, accompanied by the President of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, visit our facilities to learn some of the projects financed by European funds in which CATEC participates, specifically focused on the application of unmanned systems (drones) and the additive manufacturing new technology, also known as 3D printing.

The visit was introduced by the president of FADA-CATEC and director of the Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia IDEA, Antonio Gonzalez Marin, and included a tour through both Avionics and Systems, and Materials and Processes divisions, from where were explained some of the lines of research and attended practical demonstrations of these technologies.

In particular, the European Commissioner and the Andalusian president knew first-hand ARCOW project’s results, which is part of the EUROC robotics competition and has developed a system based on the use of drones to improve logistics processes and transport within aerospace facilities. This project was awarded this year with the Special Innovative Prize of the 1st EU Drones Prize organized by the European Commission, and delivered at the European Parliament headquarters.

Moscovici and Diaz also knew about the OUTCOME (the Clean Sky program) and ADDISPACE (Interreg Sudoe of the call) projects. Linked to the latter, the European Commissioner showed a particular interest in 3D printing technology, which CATEC works for the aerospace industry and has developed applications for space launchers, satellites, military and commercial aircraft.

The Regional Ministers of Knowledge and Economy, Antonio Ramirez de Arellano, and Finance and Public Administration, Maria Jesus Montero, also attended the visit.



November 20th 2017
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