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 general assembly of the European ADDISPACE project was held to analyze the progress of the initiative


The project, belonging to the Interrog Sudoe call, seeks to promote additive manufacturing technologies as a change in the manufacturing paradigm in the aerospace industry and as an opportunity for SMEs in the sector


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The general assembly of the European ADDISPACE project was held to analyze the progress of the initiative
CATEC participated on November 7 in the general assembly of the European project ADDISPACE held in Lisbon (Portugal), to analyze the progress of the initiative. Specifically, the meeting allowed us to share the progress of the 2nd milestone: develop 4 demonstrators by metallic additive technologies for the aerospace sector.
 
The European project ADDISPACE, belonging to the Interrog Sudoe call , is an initiative that aims to promote the additive manufacturing technologies (3D printing) as a change in the paradigm of manufacturing in the aerospace sector and as an opportunity for SMEs. It also seeks to demonstrate the technological and economic feasibility and high levels of quality of metal components built using this technology.

The project, in which different companies and institutions from Spain, France and Portugal participate (among them the Spanish HELICE cluster, Hegan, and IK4-Lortek, and others such as Airbus), takes 3 years and counts on a budget of 1,7 million euros, of which 1.3 M are funded by the ERDF funds.  

More information on the project at http://www.addispace.eu/.


December 29th 2017
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