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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UNVEX ECO-AGRO: the future of drones



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Last October 9-11 UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the first national professional congress on unmanned aerial systems (UAS / RPAS), also called UAVs and drones, was held in Andalusia. This was the first event of Spain and Europe fully devoted to the applications of these technologies to two particularly important sectors in our country: environment and agriculture.

UNVEX ECO-AGRO brought together all actors in this field (companies, research organizations, agricultural organizations, governments, regulators, etc.) and focused on the role of prevention and protection of natural resources and precision agriculture represented in Spain, a country with almost 25 million hectares of arable land and 27% of its territory included in Natura 2000 Network. In addition, two sectors that need to get on the train of new technologies to be more efficient and competitive and strengthen their economy and productive fabric.

The objective was to connect users and companies with the central and regional administrations and agricultural organizations, taking into account the contribution of financial experts, consultants and academics to address the challenges and needs of the sector, to present the latest technologies and products in this field, and to hold business meetings among attendees. There is no meeting in Spain as UNVEX ECO AGRO that brings together all the network of actors involved in this sector, from platform manufacturers, software developers, RPAS operators, consulting and insurance companies, universities and research centers, to users end of UAVs and their technologies: farmers associations, public entities managers of protected natural areas and public officials related to agriculture and the environment.

From CATEC we have always bet on unmanned systems and aircraft sector, and it has been one of our main lines of work and research, aware of the future projection of these technologies for its application in multiple sectors. Now more than ever we see this commitment, specially in UNVEX ECO-AGRO, as a bet of the future that is already here, and which constitutes a business and growth opportunity for our industry, our companies and our R&D in sectors that contribute to generate wealth and employment for our society. An opportunity that, without a doubt, we should not let go and that will place Andalusia at the international epicenter of new technologies in the aviation sector and at the forefront of aeronautical innovation in the 21st century. Take advantage of it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


November 20th 2017
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