Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

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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