Reducing costs and maximising profits


The aim of the seminars is to make know-how available to the industry so manufacturers can understand the key factors involved in reducing an organisation’s costs, while maximising its profits.

The afternoon’s first presentation was by Eduard Calvo, who spoke on the topic of “The DNA of Industrial Champions”. The talk looked at the characteristics of companies who are successful on an industrial level by applying innovation and impeccable management strategies. Eduard gave a series of examples of how large companies must decide which areas of their business need managing efficiently or with efficacy.

Ramón Nomdedeu presented the “Keys to 100% reliable pricing“. Pricing is one of the IT tools which business managers have at their fingertips to optimise profits for every single product the company sells. Nomdedeu explained how pricing became less important as our industry’s market sold with wide profit margins, but how it has bounced back as a crucial tool in the modern market where globalisation has forced companies to become fiercely competitive.

Fernando Hermenegildo closed the day’s presentations with his presentation on “Improvements in Productivity through Lean Management” which underlined that the key is to allow people to improve processes continuously. Lean management is an industrial tool which must be supported by good people management to ensure continuous, day-to-day improvement.
The last two presentations offered a diagnostic service that will be available to AITEX member companies.

For more information on prices and availability, contact Quico Sempere, Head of AITEX’s Institutional Department. (

24 January, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX creates a cosmetics technical unit

The Institute boasts advanced infrastructure, laboratory equipment and experimental research plant with applications in the cosmetics sector.

The cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

The Regional Councillor for Sustainable Economy, Rafael Climent, the Director General of IVACE, Júlia Company, and the Director of AITEX, Vicente Blanes this morning presented in Alcoy the new AITEX Cosmetics Unit “A historic commitment to a dynamic emerging sector crying out for research support”, said Climent.

The unit allows AITEX to offer a complete range of services to the cosmetics and hygiene sector in three key areas: characterisation laboratories, QA and product certification in compliance with international standards; applied research, innovation and development of added-value products and specialised technical training. Of particular note is the Institute’s participation in the Masters in the Cosmetics Industry which the PUV has run for the last few years.

The mission objective of the new unit is to create technological know-how and transfer it to companies within the sector, providing them with consultancy services on the development of new formulations and relevant legislation at home and abroad, in the characterisation of cosmetics products and environmental impact studies, in addition to helping manufacturers become more competitive, create greater levels of internal value and to provide access to new business opportunities.

 The potential to enhance the attraction of the sector

AITEX, with over 30 years’ experience in applied chemistry in textile, health and hygiene has been able to take all of its know-how and potential and steer it towards the needs of the world of cosmetics. The Institute has sophisticated cutting-edge equipment, laboratories and experimental research plant available to the sector.

With the launch of this new facility, AITEX consolidates and expands the value of the capabilities and resources it can make available to the cosmetics sector, allowing companies to increase competitiveness and create new business opportunities.

Cosmetics: a growing sector


The Comunitat Valenciana is Spain’s third-largest cosmetics region after Catalonia and Madrid, with 50 companies, according to data supplied by the National Statistics’ Office latest report.

Alcoy has half a dozen companies who manufacture and distribute cosmetics and hygiene products and the small cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

During the first six months of 2017, exports of cosmetics and perfume from the Comunitat Valenciana reached 279 million euros, 2% of the region’s entire exports.

The constant demand from ever more demanding consumers with more and more specific requirements has promoted the industry to a position of key importance for the creation of wealth, converting it into one of the dynamos for regional industry.

19 January, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX Business Seminars

Cost and Productivity

Reducing costs, maximising profits

On the 22nd of January 2018, AITEX will host the Business Seminar on Costs and Productivity “Reducing Costs, Maximising Profits”. The seminar will be addressed by the following speakers:

  • The DNA of Industrial Champions – Eduardo Calvo (Professor at IESE – Department of Production management, Technology and Operations)
  • Keys for 100% Reliable costing structures – Ramón Nomdedeu (RN Consultores)
  •  Improving Productivity Through Lean Manufacturing – Fernando Hermenegildo (Leansis Productividad).

Eduardo Calvo, will present the European initiative: Industrial Excellence Award, which the IESE has led in Spain for the last decade. Every healthy economy needs a strong, competitive and relevant industrial base. Our business world is constantly talking of ‘digital’, ‘collaborative’, ‘mobile’ and ‘asset light’, but it has never depended as much as it does now, on first-class companies manufacturing high-quality low-cost goods on time. So why aren’t excellent industrial companies as much in the spotlight as Google, Amazon, Facebook or Twitter? Unfortunately, on the one hand certain B2B sectors aren’t as glamorous to the public at large, and on the other, industrial directors are used to keeping a low media profile. And yet the world is (luckily) packed with hidden industrial champions (large and small) who innovate, export, earn and re-invest… and begin again.

Ramón Nomdedeu, with more than 30 years’ experience in pricing and costing studies, will explain the keys to totally reliable costing. Ramón is the Director of RN Consultores, specialists in industrial and financial organisation. RN Consultores carry out cost studies, cost price analysis, time and motion studies and incentive implementation.

Fernando Hermenegildo, is a Partner at Leansis, and will explain how Lean Manufacturing can help improve productivity, both in production and logistics. Leansis aims to help its clients fully achieve all their objectives through useful, profitable and constructive collaboration to ensure that their clients’ needs are met and to introduce an added-value factor to their processes.

After the Seminar, the last two speakers will offer the opportunity of running a company diagnosis. This is designed to enable conference goers to understand better the current situation of their company and identify their objectives and needs, with a view to drawing up a route map. The results will be compiled into a report together with a plan of recommendations for an initial implementation phase. The diagnostic phase will be co-funded through AITEX’s co-payment system and the member company’s contribution.

Seminar attendance costs 200 € but is free to members of AITEX and ATEVAL.


The goal of the seminars is to make companies aware of transversal topics of interest, and facilitate the implementation of actions which will enhance their competitiveness. To this end, AITEX works in close collaboration with companies and specialist consultants in each area of expertise.

Programme of seminars for 2017/2018 and topics (download)

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The aim of the seminars is to transfer knowledge to the private sector which is of interest to a particular industry to enable actions and implementations to be undertaken to improve competitiveness. AITEX works closely with companies and specialist consultants in each of the subjects.

The first business seminar was dedicated to the subject of Industry 4.0. “Strategies and management applications as a base for digital transformation”. Digitalisation is a key opportunity to improve the competitiveness of the textile industry in a marketplace which is becoming increasingly global. The seminar was backed up by the collective experience of important and well-known speakers such as Isabel Aguilera, a consultant on strategy, innovation and operations and President of Google Iberia (2006-2008), Sergio Gordillo, Managing Partner at Improven, Diego Saez, Managing Partner at Mesbook and Ricardo Espinosa of Nunsys.

The presentation by Isabel Aguilera Digitalistion in the SME, a chance to regain competitiveness underlined the fact that technology is advancing at a break-neck pace, placing companies in a difficult situation of instability in which, as she says, “adapting means arriving late”. In the context of this transformation we must be leaders and take the first step in order to reach our clients in different, more exciting ways. That is the only way we will be able to gain a fleeting competitive advantage over our competitors.

In these times of permanent change, success is ever more difficult to maintain and many companies are missing the boat. Sergio Gordillo highlighted the importance of redefining our strategies and coming up with new business models to fit in with the new digital environment: as he said “Companies must identify where they are different from the rest. That is where their excellence lies, that and through cooperation and by bringing in new talent to their teams”.

Diego Saez presented clear solutions to real problems that manufacturers find themselves facing every day: mountains of paperwork, loose Excel spreadsheets, programmes which don’t speak to each other, etc. All this data must be transformed into information and this information into knowledge, before decisions can be made. MES systems allow a factory to be managed in real time, unifying systems and providing objective information to enable cost reductions to be implemented.

In answer to the frequent question: where do I start digitalising my company? Ricardo Espinosa from Nunsys suggests performing an Industry 4.0 diagnosis to identify the current state of the company and what steps it should be taking towards becoming a smart factory. Ricardo spoke of the different layers of IT systems including ERP, CRM and BI software which together form the basis of Industry 4.0.

22 November, 2017 0 comment
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Jornada: La personalización de productos de moda a través de nuevos procesos y tecnologías

ropa_tiendaEl  jueves 1 de diciembre tuvo lugar, la Jornada “LA PERSONALIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTOS MODA A TRAVÉS DE NUEVOS PROCESOS Y TECNOLOGÍAS”.


La diversidad de morfotipos hace imposible a la industria de la confección abastecer de manera satisfactoria a toda la población. Por las características intrínsecas del funcionamiento industrial, las prendas que se fabrican contemplan a una tipología de usuario estándar, dejando fuera a una gran población que no encuentra prendas aptas para sus características corporales. Como consecuencia un gran número de personas se ven obligados a llevar prendas que no se adaptan a sus cuerpos, lo que conlleva incomodidad no sólo física sino también en ocasiones incluso afectar a la salud de las personas. Sin embargo, las actuales tendencias del sector se dirigen hacia productos cada vez más personalizados y para ello la empresa necesita conocer y aplicar nuevos procesos y tecnologías que le permitan ofrecer un producto moda personalizado.

Programa de la Jornada:

  • 16:00 – Tendencias del sector: personalización como elemento de valor añadido.
    Por Federico Sainz de Robles. Experto en Innovación Textil, colaborador técnico de AITEX.
  • 16:20 – Tecnologías del patronaje para la customización del producto moda: Made to Measure 3D.
    Por Juan Carlos González. Solution Expert Lectra.
  • 17:15 – Influencia de los materiales textiles, colores y estampados en la adaptación de prendas para cada morfotipo.
    Por Federico Sainz de Robles. Experto en Innovación Textil, colaborador técnico de AITEX.

Lugar de realización:

AITEX U. T. Valencia.

Avda. Benjamín Franklin 14, Parque Tecnológico, Paterna.

Asistencia gratuita.

Inscripción: a través del email

24 November, 2016 0 comment
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Launching of the project LEARNINGTEX

erasmus-logoEl pasado 18 y 19 de octubre de 2016, tuvo lugar la reunión de lanzamiento del proyecto LEARNINGTEX coordinado por AITEX y cofinanciado por el programa Erasmus+ de la Unión Europea. LEARNINGTEX tendrá una duración de 2 años, finalizando en septiembre de 2018 y cuenta con la participación de socios de diferentes países como Portugal, Austria y España.


El consorcio del proyecto está formado por organizaciones de diferente índole, educativas cómo la Universitat Politècnica de València campus d’Alcoi y BEST Institut fur Berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining (centro educativo austriaco de formación profesional); del mundo de la industria textil española como la empresa ANTECUIR y del ámbito de la investigación textil en Portugal y España como CITEVE y AITEX. LEARNINGTEX tiene por objetivo la introducción de metodologías propias de la formación dual, ampliamente implantadas y validadas en Austria y que empiezan a implantarse en otros países como España y Portugal en los que este sistema educativo no es tan común. De esta manera se exportan aquellas buenas prácticas que puedan ser de utilidad a otros países de Europa.

El resultado principal del proyecto será el desarrollo de un MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses), un curso online de acceso masivo y abierto sobre los fundamentos de los tejidos de calada, sus principales defectos y los sistemas avanzados de control de calidad como es la Visión Artificial para poder detectarlos. Este MOOC se enfoca a trabajadores con conocimientos obsoletos y estudiantes recién titulados que deseen ampliar sus conocimientos sobre los tejidos de calada, los principales defectos y su detección mediante el empleo de la visión artificial.

El proyecto LEARNINGTEX (2016-1-ES01-KA202-025640) ha sido financiado con el apoyo de la Comisión Europea. Esta publicación (comunicación) es responsabilidad exclusiva de su autor. La Comisión no es responsable del uso que pueda hacerse de la información aquí difundida.

24 October, 2016 0 comment
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