In good health

We reached the middle of the year and it’s time to take stock of the path of the Andalusian aerospace sector, just after the celebration a few weeks ago of the largest business event in the industry in our country, the Aerospace & Defense Meetings 2018. An event that once again made Seville the epicenter of national and international aerospace industry, attended by the main actors of the sector, both the large tractors as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as the main contractors and national and international Tier 1 , with, whom the attending companies could maintain business contacts and explore ways of collaboration or contracts for the future.

The numbers of this fourth edition of ADM Sevilla showed that it is a fully consolidated event, and that, in part, reflect the good health of the aerospace industry in Spain and Andalusia: more than 1,100 professionals from 350 companies from 28 countries attended the fair. In the country, more than 8,000 business meetings were held among the attendees, and some 70 companies and technological infrastructures were visited. In CATEC we witnessed this, contributing to strengthen the ties of technological development that our community has in some of the areas that are called to lead the future of the sector, such as advanced robotics or Industry 4.0.

Beyond these quantitative figures it also should be noted the announcement by the President of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, on the development and implementation in the short term of the new Strategic Plan for the aerospace sector. It will focus on aspects such as innovation, development, research, talent and the competitiveness and productivity of our industry. This new plan it will allow us to take a new leap and face the great challenges of the sector in a global context, that is always difficult and that can generate uncertainties.

After ADM Sevilla, the Andalusian industry is reinforced and sets course for new markets to continue promoting its internationalization, competitiveness and know-how in the sector. The next stop is the Farnborough fair, where I am convinced that our companies will continue advancing in that goal to position and reaffirm ourselves in the top positions of the global aerospace industry.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

Projects

The RACER Demonstrator project, the new helicopter for the future that Airbus Helicopters promotes, is presented


CATEC participates in this initiative inside the OUTCOME consortium, next to other companies like Aernnova, FIDAMC, TECNALIA, and CTA


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The RACER Demonstrator project, the new helicopter for the future that Airbus Helicopters promotes, is presented
Photo: Members of the OUTCOME Consortium (core partner) and leaders of Airbus Helicopters, among others, for developing the tail unit of the RACER Demonstrator (Clean Sky 2).

At the end of January, Airbus Helicopters displayed, in their Albacete facilities, the characteristics and state of the project of the RACER Demonstrator, the new high-speed helicopter that has been boosted by the aeronautic company as part of the European research program, Clean Sky 2, by the OUTCOME Consortium.

CATEC participates in this initiative inside the OUTCOME consortium, next to other companies like Aernnova, FIDAMC, TECNALIA, and CTA, specifically on developing the tail unit of the RACER, introducing innovative manufacturing technology.

Particularly, our Center is developing metallic fittings for additive manufacturing technology (3D-printing) that will be validated and put on the flight during the flight demonstration campaign. This will constitute a milestone higher than CATEC has already obtained with this novel manufacturing technology. The head of the Division of Materials and Processes, Fernando Lasangi, was in charge of representing the CATEC team in said event.

This project gambles on the development of a demonstrator of high-speed rotary wing nicknamed the RACER (Rapid and Cost Effective Rotorcraft) with the capacity to reach a 400 km/h cruise speed. The helicopter will be manufactured partly in Germany, Spain and France and it expects its first flight to be made in 2020.


March 1st 2018
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