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

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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