AITEX, Textile Research Institute, was set up in 1985 as an initiative of the Valencian Regional Government, through the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE).

It is currently, the leading Spanish center for research, innovation and advanced technical services available to the textile, manufacturing and technical textile sectors.

AITEX is a private non-profit association that encompasses textile and related companies. 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 by developing R&D projects and, in general, any initiatives that will contribute to the industrial progress of the sector.

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.

AITEX is registered with Nº 36 in the Spanish Register of Innovation and Technology Centers, as well as the Research Results Transfer Office (OTRI), registration number 115. It is also a member of the Spanish Federation of Innovation and Technology Centers (FEDIT) and the Region of Valencia’s Network of Technology Institutes (REDIT) as well as a number of other national and international organizations.

The Institute collaborates with several Spanish Technological Platforms. It should also be noted that AITEX collaborates with several Technological Platforms and Networks, both at national and at international context.