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 Ministry of Science and Innovation grants CATEC with the homologation as National Technological Centre

This qualification recognises the important R&D&I activity developed by the centre and which will allow increase the opportunities of access to incentives and national and regional grants

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CATEC has been granted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation with the homologation as National Technological Centre, this qualification recognises the intense R&D&I activity developed to increase competitiveness among the aeronautical and aerospace national and regional sector and which provides backing to the centre, started hardly two years ego though an agreement between the Regional and the Central Government. 
This recognition will allow CATEC to increase the opportunities of access to R&D&I grants and helps offered by the Ministry of Science and Innovation at national level, and what will let it be considered as a researching organism to all intents and purposes in R&D&I projects led by companies and co-financed by other public organisms close to this Ministry, like the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) or as well to participate in other R&D grants at regional level, with entities like Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) and the Agency IDEA.
To be able to opt to the qualification as National Technological Centre, CATEC has accomplished some general and specific requirements related to the nature and activity of the entity, its staff qualification or the income percent and the number of customers who have already been invoiced for R&D works and projects.    
Currently, the projects portfolio managed by CATEC amounts to 4,6 millions of Euro and its research and services cover the areas of materials and processes, structural testing, automation and robotics, simulation and software, knowledge management and avionics and unmanned Systems, in this last field it is leading European research and becoming worldwide relevant.
The Ministry of Science and Innovation grants CATEC with the homologation as National Technological Centre

June 22nd 2011
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