The Textile Industry Research Association – AITEX, is a research & innovation center 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 center 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 has a network of ten international offices providing cover for its associates and clients in fifty countries, and this has led to the center 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.
SOLUTIONS FOR COMPANIES
The center´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 University degrees in collaboration with Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), the Master’s Degree in Textile Engineering and the University Diploma on textile applications.
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AREAS OF AITEX
Testing, characterisation and issuance of certificates in compliance with international standards
Specialised centre for applied research and knowledge transfer through our R+D projects
Specialised training to enhance the competitiveness of companies and individuals
ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION
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.
COMMITMENT, RIGOUR, INNOVATION, CONFIDENTIALITY
CODE OF ETHICS
AITEX’s risk-management policy is a process driven by the center´s governing bodies, is the responsibility of every single member and employee and is designed to provide reasonable safety to achieve the goals of AITEX, while providing value and an appropriate level of guarantee to interest groups and the market in general.
With specific regard to criminal risk, the Institute has evolved a criminal risk-prevention programme designed to allow us to adopt an organisational and management model for the preventative identification and diagnosis of the possible criminal risks that may occur in AITEX, establishing the ideal vigilance and monitoring measures necessary to prevent such risks occurring.
In this respect, AITEX has implemented its Ethical Code or Code of Conduct, a standard which the center must comply with, and which has grown out of the organisation’s hard work and commitment to society, ethics and compliance. This is our way of demonstrating the commitment and will of the entire organisation to the most stringent compliance with law, research, and development, and with providing our associates and society as a whole with added value within a framework of transparency, integrity and honesty.
Since 2008, AITEX has had an Equality Plan in place which oversees equality in the treatment of the sexes and opportunities and to protect against sex discrimination.
The AITEX Equality Plan has been recognised, endorsed and validated by the Generalitat Valenciana. The Generalitat grants the award to companies with an Equality Plan that aims to correct gender inequalities, incorporate innovative measures to make equality a reality and provide facilities to reconcile their employees’ work and family life. AITEX has also been awarded the Fent Empresa. Equal Opportunities seal:
“Fent Empresa. Iguals en Oportunitats.”