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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We grow in R&D, we reach our goals



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Hélice, the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster presented the annual balance sheet within our region few weeks ago, where the positive evolution of our industry in the last few years has been shown one more year, notably within the service enterprises. This report reveals a new high for our aerospace service network in important aspects (sales, employment, productivity) showing that the Andalusian aerospace industry remains in perfect health. But there are an indicative, which CATEC is specially proud of and this is the growth of R&D investment with an increment of 8,2% compared to the year before.

This growth has been possible thanks to the Andalusian service enterprises’ investment effort, which despite the on-going tough economic times, it maintains 2010’s good rate, reaching an average of 8.7 % of sales. This is also due to the intense research activity our Centre is carrying out since its establishment and which is helping to boost its commitment to innovation and knowledge, as key elements to gain competitiveness and added value. Besides, the outlook is very promising thanks to development coming from the new aircraft A350 which involves important and innovative technology.

We are, therefore, on the right way, reaching the goals that we set at CATEC as technological centre supporting and fostering aerospace R&D&I in Andalusia. A fact that is visibly on this bulletin with the achievement of another important milestone: the participation of CATEC in four of the five projects of the ERDF-Innterconecta Programme carrying out in our region within the aerospace sphere.

These initiatives will mean another remarkable investment for the technological development of our aerospace industry, and which is most important, the collaboration among service enterprises and research entities contributing Andalusia to make a qualitative leap towards R&D within the sector.


Juan Pedro Vela

General Director


July 31st 2012
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