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 Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Trade highlights the role that CATEC will play to prepare companies to adapt themselves to the Industry 4.0 concept

Javier Carnero knew first-hand research and technological development lines that our Center addresses to help companies to increase and improve its R&D

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The Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Trade of the Government of Andalusia, Javier Carnero, held last September 13 a visit to CATEC’s facilities to know more about the projects that our center carries out for aerospace. He highlighted its key role to prepare the Andalusian aeronautical industry to the industry 4.0 concept or Factory of the Future concept, referring to new technologies and manufacturing systems already being imposed worldwide.

Javier Carnero was accompanied on his visit by the president of FADA, Antonio Gonzalez Marin, and the director of CATEC, Joaquin Rodriguez Grau, who were explaining the research lines that the center approaches to help the companies in their R&D development.
During his visit, Javier Carnero highlighted that CATEC is the only technology center in Spain dedicated to aerospace sector, which has 60 engineers and doctors working in the most advanced manufacturing technologies for Andalusian industry "not only do not stay behind, but never leave the vanguard in the aeronautical sector worldwide. "

In his words, CATEC is a "clear example" of how public-private partnerships can be a good formula and has assessed that in its nine years of existence has managed leading European research in the sector and in segments such as drones, advanced automation and robotics, developing more than 60 R&D projects with Airbus, other tractor sector companies and Andalusian SMEs.

October 9th 2017
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