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

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Towards the future of aeronautics



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Spanish and Andalusian aerospace sector goes through a good way towards the future with the optimism and illusion conveyed by the growth and development that our productive network has experienced in the last years, but also with the prudence and caution given by the fact of knowing that we have to continue improving in subjects as important as R&D, increasing our competitivity through costumers and product diversification, or developing new activity areas or business gaps.

For that, I would like to highlight the steps that our aerospace sector has taken in the sphere of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), one of the most promising and thriving fields in worldwide industry, which presents higher business possibilities, since it sets the future of aviation and aeronautics. To the growing activity being developed by companies, research centres and universities in this area, we must add the commitment made by the industry, public administration and organizations as FADA-CATEC, so our country counts with outstanding facilities, unique in Europe, for flight tests with unmanned technologies and systems.

I am referring to ATLAS Centre in Jaén, promoted by FADA-CATED Foundation, and CEUS project in Huelva, promoted by INTA and IDEA Agency, infrastructures that place us in experimentation and development forefront of these kind of technologies that, beside the impact in aerospace sector growth, allow the generation of new business opportunities with huge companies of worldwide aeronautics industry. Certainly, facilities that must serve as an axis for the development of UAS sector in Andalusia and Spain and take an strategic position in front of other international competitors.

Juan Pedro Vela
General manager


February 26th 2014
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