ASOCIACIÓN DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE LA INDUSTRIA TEXTIL (AITEX)
AITEX is a private non-profit association that encompasses textile and related companies. Some current figures are that AITEX has more than 1.000 associated companies, more than 3.000 clients, around 250 staff and 9 delegations around the world (North and South America, China, Pakistan, Lithuania and India).
Its ultimate aim is to make this sector more competitive. To achieve this, the Institute promotes modernization and the introduction of new and emerging technologies and, in general, any initiatives that will contribute to the industrial progress of the sector. The work carried out by the Institute is closely linked to the sector’s industries, either through the advanced technical services offered by the Institute (consultancy, market, certification, quality control, training, etc.), the confidential research projects developed at the request of different companies or the projects financed by public funding, in which case the results benefit the sector as a whole.
The generation and dissemination of knowledge is the main AITEX aim, to increase the competitiveness of the companies, so they have new business opportunities. Consequently, the work carried out by the Institute is closely linked to the sector’s industries, either through the advanced technical services offered by the Institute, the confidential research projects developed at the request of different companies or the projects financed by public funding, in which case the results benefit the sector as a whole.
Apart from theEuropean Technology Platform for the future of Textile-Clothing Platform, where AITEX is very active, AITEX places special emphasis on collaboration with the international R+D+I networks and platforms including , TEXTRANET, ÖKOTEX, GEDRT, EGOLF, European Defence Agency (EDA), KMM.VIN (European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials AISBL ) and AELAF. Recently (January 2015) AITEX has became member of EPSI (European platform for Sports Innovation) and BIC (Bio-based Consortium). Internationally, AITEX has established bilateral cooperation agreements on research with leading research centers. It also participates in national platforms (eg. PLATECMA, Technology Platform Manufacturing Sectors from its conception, as a promoter) and has the Technical Secretariat of INESPORT ( Spanish Technological Platform for Sport Industry).
AITEX is Spain’s leading research and innovation centre and provider of advanced technical services to the textile industry. The Institute has a network of nine international offices providing cover for its associates and clients in fifty countries, and this has led to the Institute becoming one of Europe’s leading research centres. AITEX research work has culminated in the signing of several bilateral agreements with centres from around the world to exchange experiences, participate in international R+D projects and generate know-how to provide the private sector with a value-added factor for their products. The Institute’s laboratory services offers its members the most up-to-date equipment and infrastructure for the characterisation of products, QA and certification to the most demanding international standards and regulations and AITEX is one of Europe’s best equipped centres, with the widest scope of technical accreditation facilities with ENAC – ILAC approval (the national and European accreditation bodies).
Emilio Sala 1
Association (associated members , Governing council with a president from a company , General Manager)
Private non-profit organisation
Year of foundation