ATIGA was created in 2012 to initiative of AIMEN, ANFACO-CECOPESCA and CTAG. Later, GRADIANT joined in 2013, and ENERGYLAB and ITG, at the beginning of 2015. Last incorporation was CETIM.
ATIGA’s philosophy is open and inclusive, so that the Alliance can include all the technology centres based in Galicia that may be recognized as state-level technology centres in the future.
AIMEN Technological Centre
AIMEN Technological Centre is a national and international reference in R&D and technological services in the field of materials and advanced manufacturing technologies, especially coupling and laser technologies for the processing of materials and robotics.
Present in the main industrial sectors, it conducts in-house and collaborative research with companies in the form of R&D aimed at developing new technologies, incorporating improvements to its products and/or processes, as well as the design and development of prototypes. This is joined by a wide range of services that offer advanced, differentiating and innovative technological solutions that add value to products and industrial processes and help companies be more competitive.
Its Laser Applications Centre, opened in O Porriño in 2014, is currently the largest in Spain in its category and has become a European benchmark in laser technology for processing materials, performing in-house research and collaborative projects with companies.
ANFACO-CECOPESCA is the private technological centre of reference at state level for the marine and food sector, developing national and international R&D projects, innovating in new products and services and transferring advanced technology solutions to the industry. Its lines of R&D offer comprehensive coverage for current demands of the business sector by providing the most advanced technical resources.
ANFACO-CECOPESCA is recognized by MINECO as a state technology centre and its laboratories are recognized by the corresponding public authorities as reference laboratories for controlling seafood quality and they are certified by ENAC according to the UNE EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard. It also has a pioneering International Innovation Unit in Galicia and an R&D management system certified according to the UNE 166002 standard.
Its new Advanced Technology Centre for Marine and Food Research, to be opened in late 2015, will strengthen ANFACO-CECOPESCA’s leading position in the field of R&D, intensifying knowledge and technology transfer to the business fabric to promote competitiveness and internationalization.
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRE OF GALICIA (CTAG)
The Automotive Technological Centre of Galicia provides advanced technological solutions to the automotive sector to help improve the competitiveness of automotive companies by promoting research, development and technological innovation.
The CTAG seeks to anticipate market needs with its specific lines of innovation, focusing on advanced driving assist systems; communication and mobility systems; HMI; biopolymers and reinforced plastics; smart materials and nanomaterials; artificial vision and dynamic robot guide systems; acoustic comfort and vibration; and testing methodologies. It also addresses the engineering process from a multidisciplinary perspective, combining practical experience at the factory with advanced simulation tools and new information technologies.
The opening of a new facility for the area of Electronics and Intelligent Transportation Systems in 2014 showed a clear commitment to continuing research and innovation in the field of smart driving and positioned CTAG as a centre of international reference in the field of electronics and software.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OF GALICIA (GRADIANT)
The Telecommunications Technological Centre of Galicia (GRADIANT) was created in order to bring university R&D in line with business demands. In these years, it has become a key player in the generation and transfer of knowledge in information technologies and telecommunications (ICT).
GRADIANT combines University knowledge and scientific, creative and research-based production with the ability to distinguish the needs of businesses in ICT. As a result, it often becomes the R&D department of small and medium-sized companies that are unable to have their own department or acts as a support to complement this area in larger companies.
GRADIANT works in the following fields: Connectivity (networks, Internet of things, communication systems…), Intelligence (positioning and location systems, cloud management, data analysis, bioinformatics…) and Security (privacy protection systems, biometrics, Cloud security…).
TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY (ENERGYLAB)
The Technological Centre of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (ENERGYLAB) is a private non-profit foundation whose mission is to develop and disseminate technologies, products and consumption patterns to optimize efficiency and energy sustainability in the industrial, tertiary and transportation sectors and society in general.
As a Centre, it is a national and international reference and specializes in promoting energy efficiency and sustainability with the capacity for guiding, coordinating and leading innovative projects with a major impact on society, the economy and the environment.
Its strategic lines of research are related to construction, mobility, bio-energy and smart & logic. It also leads projects that share the pursuit of efficiency and sustainability and are based on its technological knowledge and experience in analysis and in developing energy-saving measures.
Technological Institute of Galicia de (ITG)
The TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF GALICIA (ITG) is a private technology centre whose aim is to improve the competitiveness of companies, organizations and professionals from various strategic sectors, facilitating their access to research and technological development and encouraging innovation processes.
To achieve these goals, it has four interrelated knowledge areas to optimize its services: sensor technology and communications, ICT, energy and sustainable construction.
With a certified quality management and R&D system, it is accredited by ENAC for the certification of persons and is a recognized Research Results Transfer Office (RRTO). Its board is made up of vice-chancellors of research from the three Galician universities and professional societies in Galicia: architects, industrial engineers, mining engineers, naval engineers, agronomists and civil engineers.