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


UNVEX AGRO ECO, the first professional congress of UAVs in Andalusia

The 1st and only professional event in Spain and Europe dedicated specifically to the application of drones to agricultural and environment sectors was held in Seville and Jaen past October 9-11

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UNVEX AGRO ECO, the first professional congress of UAVs in Andalusia
The main national and international leaders of the unmanned aircraft sector (UAS/ RPAS), known as drones, met from 9 to 11 October at UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the largest drone event in Spain and Latin America that celebrated its first edition dedicated specifically to the application of this type of technology to the sectors of agriculture and the environment. The event, organized by our Center in collaboration with the company IDS and FIBES, took place in Seville and in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center.

Leading companies in the sector such as Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR & TE), Babcock, Indra, Airbus D&S Intelligence, Altran, Elecnor-Deimos or AERTEC Solutions, among others, have attended the meeting, together with the main players in the agricultural, agri-food and agricultural sectors. environmental, such as the ASAJA, UPA and COAG organizations and some agricultural cooperatives, as well as representatives of institutions and administrations such as the Spanish Government through the Ministry of Agriculture or the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA), and the Junta de Andalucia, with the Regional Ministries of Employment, Environment, and Agriculture.

The scheduled program of UNVEX included a lecture series in which renowned speakers addressed the present and future of drones and UAVs. Thus, the benefits of using the latest technologies in agriculture and the environment, on the business development of a sector in full growth and on the legislation applicable to this sector, both current and future, in order to define how it will affect to its development, both in the industrial scope and in that of the final user.

On the other hand, companies showed in an exhibition area in FIBES the latest advances and products in the sector, so that visitors met with platform and sensor manufacturers, software developers, RPAS operators, consulting and insurance companies, universities and research centers, as well as end users of UAVs and their technologies: farmers' associations, public entities, managers of protected natural areas and public officials related to agriculture and environmental management. The event also included workshops and B2B meetings among attendees.

The last day, visitors enjoyed an exclusive exhibition area with live demonstrations on our ATLAS Center in Villacarrillo (Jaen).

November 20th 2017
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