In 2015, the 11 technology centers of the Red de Institutos Tecnológicos de la Comunidad Valenciana (REDIT) worked for 128,00 clients and 5,300 partners for which 708 R+D+i projects were developed. Overall, the institutes received more than 86 million Euros, the 61% from companies and the remaining 39% from competitive public funding (25,3% regional, 10,7% European y 3% national).
Last year, 1,184 professionals worked in REDIT carrying out activities mainly for the development of R+D+i projects (67% of the total income), for the performance of laboratory tests (25%) and for specialized training (3%). Moreover, during the year, more than 100 meetings and conferences were organized, 159 technical articles were published and 177 presentations in congresses were made. REDIT has an important technological infrastructure, with more than 100 laboratories and 20 technology observatories for market and tendencies.
It is also important to highlight the raising of national and European public funds held by the technology centers of REDIT during the year. In this period, technological institutes managed to enter 15 million Euros from the General State Administration and the European Union; moreover, they have also helped customers perceiving almost 28 million. Investment induced by this activity in 2015 amounts at 141 million Euros.
As the President of REDIT explained, Fernando Saludes, “we increase the turnover in the private sector by 59% in 2014 and by 61% in 2015, this shows how the technology institutes are very close to the needs of companies and we generate a useful knowledge for our production sectors”. “We need to remember—added Saludes—that the centers are not an end in themselves, but a mean to increase the competitiveness of companies”.
Also the president of REDIT underlined that technology centers are a profitable investment for the region. “Between 2010 and 2015—he said—thanks to those centers, the Valencian region received an annual average aid of 68.5 million Euros from national and European funds”. “Considering that IVACE’s supports for Technology Institutes was about 23 million Euros in 2015, we can say that we have a large multiplier effect”, he explained.
Saludes has welcomed indicators Network in 2015 and said that “the data show that the Technological Institutes are the ally of reference for companies in their innovation challenges.” “We hope that in the future there will be a greater commitment to R+D+i from both the private sector and the public Administration, because it is shown that the most economically advanced regions are the ones that invest the most in this area”, he concluded.
Saludes has welcomed the indicators of REDIT in 2015 and he said that “the data show that the Technological Institutes are the reference ally for companies in their innovation challenges”. “We hope that in the future is a greater commitment from both the private sector and from the public administration, to R & D because it is shown that the most advanced regions are economically the most invested in this field”, he concluded.
REDIT integrates the 11 technology institutes of the Valencian Community. These center cover the main production sectors, as well as technologies and the knowledge areas of multisectoral application, and they are located close to those sectors they provide with R+D+i support. The centers are: Instituto Tecnológico Metalmecánico, de Madera, Mueble, Embalaje y Afines (AIDIMME); Instituto Tecnológico de Producto Infantil y Ocio (AIJU); Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico (AIMPLAS); Ainia, Centro Tecnológico; Instituto Tecnológico Textil (AITEX); Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV); Instituto Tecnológico de Calzado y Conexas (INESCOP); Instituto Tecnológico de Cerámica (ITC); Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE); Instituto Tecnológico de Embalaje, Transporte y Logística and Instituto Tecnológico de la Informática (ITI).