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


Workshop of the STEPHANIE project to bring conclusions about good practices that improve the funding of R&D in Andalusia

Different experts, companies, research centers and representatives of the Administration attended this new seminar held in our facilities

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CATEC’s facilities have hosted a new workshop to discuss good European practices to promote R&D in the aerospace sector, in the context of the European project STEPHANIE, belonging to the Interreg Europe call. Different experts, companies, research centers and representatives of the Andalusian Administration attended it in order to present conclusions about the need to establish a set of good practices to improve the funding of R&D projects in Andalusia.

To this end, good practices from other European countries were analyzed, such as Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium and United Kingdom, in order to know if these measures can be implemented in Andalusia to optimize financial instruments for industry, universities and research technology centers.

Among the main conclusions were the need to improve communication between universities and technology centers, with companies and end users, and involve stakeholders and end users in the commitment to innovation, not only to research organizations. Likewise, the importance of aligning research projects and developments led by research centers and companies with the real needs of the market and end users was highlighted, and providing SMEs and entrepreneurs with mechanisms that facilitate their participation in R&D programs financed by third parties. Finally, during the seminar the latest advances of the STEPHANIE project were also presented.

On the other hand, within the framework of this same project, representatives of FADA-CATEC recently visited the Space Center of Liège (Belgium), where they met their facilities and held a meeting in order to encourage collaboration on possible European projects.

February 1st 2019
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