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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This report shows that CATEC is keeping on advancing, gaining territories, little by little, with work and humbly, but always with a lot of excitement. Excitement and dedication, firstly, in R&D&I, which has taken us in the past years to play a leading role in outstanding EC projects, specially in the area of unmanned flights. Good deeds in this field are going to allow us now to coordinate the EC-SAFEMOVIL Project, under the VII Framework Programme, which is a continuation of the AWARE Project, led also by our scientific director, Aníbal Ollero and his research team of the University of Seville. This is a very iconic project for our centre, due to the important topic of research –the cooperation of multiple systems and robots for the application of new technologies in the aeronautic and aerospace sphere- and because it allows also to strength our international visibility in the field of unmanned aircrafts research.

At CATEC we are also growing in equipments and services for the sector in parallel with this growth in projects. Precisely, for the area of unmanned flights we have just incorporated a new mobile unit which is going to facilitate steering and monitoring aircrafts when they are tested and which is going to improve technicians and engineers’ operating capacity. This new equipment has been added to the large technologies package and services that CATEC offers to partners and customers in this field where it has already a fleet of UAVs which are used to test and validate new systems and provide innovative services.

R&D&I Projects, services to companies and, finally, formation. CATEC wants to be –in fact it is already- a site for training and discussing, a meeting point to bring together advances, opportunities and challengers, an exchange of ideas site and connection between technology supply and demand. And from that condition, I am glad to point out a next event where CATEC is going to play an important role: the First Workshop on Research, Development and Education on Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS 2011) which is going to be hold from the 30th November to the 1st December, organized by our centre in collaboration with the University of Seville and which is going to have the participation of researchers and experts from different countries like Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Turkey, Portugal and Norway.

It is our responsibility to persevere and insist on this three fields of actuation, vital to improve competitiveness of the Andalusian aeronautical industry and therefore to guarantee and expand its future horizons.


Juan Pedro Vela
Manager Director


September 23rd 2011
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