Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


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

December 29th 2017
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