The Textile Industry Research Association – AITEX, is a private research association which performs characterisation trials and certification of textile materials and articles for a wide range of sectors including interior design, fashion, work wear, healthcare, sports and leisure, land and sea transport, aerospace and sports surfaces.
The AITEX’s core objective is to create and transfer knowledge of textiles to the private sector, making the textile industry more competitive and opening up doors to new opportunities with a high added-value factor. The Institute promotes modernisation and the introduction of emerging technologies through its on-going R+D activities and other projects which contribute to the evolution of the textile industry, and issues the most appropriate product certifications to allow an article to compete in the international marketplace and facilitate its introduction into high-end niche markets.
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).
AITEX is also heavily involved in specialist technical training and offers a wide selection of in-company courses as well as two Master’s courses at the Valencia Polytechnic’s Alcoy Campus and another at CEU Cardenal Herrera in Valencia.
AITEX was created in 1985 from a joint initiative by the Valencian textile industry and the Generalitat Valenciana, via IMPIVA (nowadays known as IVACE, Instituto Valenciano de la Competitividad Empresarial). The Institute is registered as number 36 in the Registry of Technology and Innovation Centres and as 115 in the Registry of Research Results Transfer (OTRI). It is a member of FEDIT, the Spanish Federation of Research and Technology Centres, REDIT, the Valencian Technology Centre Network and is on several national and international technical committees.