CTAG participates in the JEC World 2018

JEC World 2018, 6,7 y 8 de marzo.

JEC World is the most important event in Europe concerning composites, where exhibitors will present innovations in different sectors such as the automobile, aerospace, building, civil engineering industry, etc.

It will be held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center from 6 to 8 March.

CTAG – New Materials Group will be presenting their latest R+D projects, AEROCAR and BIOTECFOR.

Within the fairgrounds you can find us in Hall 6, Stand J88, where we will be pleased to receive you.

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CTAG participates in the BIOTECFOR project for the efficient valorization of forest resources

Participantes en la reunión de BIOTECFOR

Last September 20th CTAG hosted a meeting between the partners in the BIOTECFOR project – Biobusiness and technology for the efficient valorisation of endogenous forest resources in the North of Portugal and Galicia.

This project promotes synergies between forestry production and institutions devoted to technological research in automation and new materials. It aims to increase the efficiency levels in the use of forest resources through the application of Intelligent Robotic Systems in their gathering and processing, as well as through the search for applications for new materials, contributing to the development bioeconomy and circular economy in the Galicia-North of Portugal cross-border cooperation space.

The project is led by Forestis (Portuguese Forestry Association) inlcluding as partners AFG (Forestry Association of Galicia), INESC TEC-Technology and Science and CTAG (Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia). It was approved within the framework of the first call of the POCTEP 2014-2020 Programme and is co-financed by the ERDF.

Click on the following link to download the press release:

CTAG – BIOTECFOR Press release

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AEROCAR seeks companies interested in participating in the development of new prototypes

Call for expression of interest


Those who are interested should submit their ideas for the prototype before June 30.

The first two phases of the AEROCAR project come to an end with the publication of the first results of the project. A documentation compiles the studies carried out on technologies and aeronautical and automotive materials. This material is available on the project website www.aerocar-sudoe.com.


Currently, the AEROCAR project is finalizing the third phase, which will define the prototypes that will be manufactured during phase 4. During this fourth phase, Leartiker and CTAG will develop two aeronautical prototypes in which automotive materials and technologies will be used. Rescoll and Inegi will manufacture two other automotive prototypes with materials and technologies used in the aeronautical sector. To define these prototypes, the collaboration of different companies that provide real application cases that have an industrial impact for their development is necessary. The technologies that will be most valued when designing the prototypes are: Hybrid injection moulding / overmoulding, Thermo-stamping, SMC or BMC, VBO prepreg, Filament winding, Adhesive, Filament winding and Co-curing. They are all processes related to polymeric materials and combinations of these with other materials.

The development potential of both sectors, the degree of innovation / patentability of the submitted idea, the procured profit or advantage through technological transfer, technical / technological and economic viability, and finally, the necessary resources for the development of prototypes will all be assessed.

For this reason, we, in AEROCAR, call for an expression of interest: we are looking for partners who are interested in collaborating on the project. Companies that are interested in participating may contact the following Project Managers before June 30:

LEARTIKER: Asier Retolaza, aretolaza@leartiker.com

CTAG: Denise García, denise.garcia@ctag.com

INEGI: Susana Sousa, ssousa@inegi.up.pt

RESCOLL: Thomas Stimpfling, thomas.stimpfling@rescoll.fr

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CTAG participates in the XII National Congress of Composite Materials (MATCOMP 2017) with the project AEROCAR

San Sebastián
21, 22 and 23 June 2017


This biennial congress provides a unique forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest results of research and innovation projects related to the field of composites and high performance materials. This year, the Congress aims to reinforce the presence of advanced materials in relevant sectors in Spain, such as aeronautics, the automotive industry, railways, capital goods and machining/tooling, etc.

CTAG will take advantage of the forum of specialists that meets in this congress to present the conclusions of FORTAPE project (H2020-FOF, nº 636860) and to show how the experience gained in this project was key to make a centre specialized in the automotive business, like CTAG, find synergies and transfer possibilities in another technological sector, like aeronautics, opening a new line of work in order to capitalize and add value to the wide experience acquired over years of research and specialized customer service. Thus, through the new AEROCAR project (Interreg SUDOE, SOE1 / P1 / E0020), it is possible to boost an upward sector that is already prioritized in the European Commission’s strategic innovation agendas, Member States and even for many regional governments, which will generate an important socio-economic impetus for the regions included in the European Southwest Space.

The MATCOMP 2017 congress will take place at the Kursaal Congress Hall in San Sebastian from June 21 to 23. Check here the full programme: http://matcomp2017.com/images/PROGRAMA-MATCOMP2017.pdf

Registrations here: http://www.matcomp2017.com/inscripcion.php

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Jornada técnica sobre exposición laboral a nanomateriales en diferentes sectores

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Los avances en nanotecnología suponen un reto importante en el ámbito de la prevención de riesgos laborales. Desde CTAG – New Materials os invitamos a participar en la jornada técnica sobre EXPOSICIÓN LABORAL A NANOMATERIALES EN DIFERENTES SECTORES para avanzar un poco más en la comprensión de la regulación y los riesgos derivados de la aplicación de materiales nano-estructurados y conocer de primera mano las últimas investigación de nuestro grupo, presentadas por el Dr. Alberto Tielas, responsable del Dpto. Materiales y Sistemas de Interior en CTAG. El evento está organizado por el Centro Nacional de Nuevas Tecnologías (CNNT) y el INSHT y tendrá lugar el 4 de mayo en Madrid. Programa y registro en el siguiente enlace:



CTAG reinforces its commitment towards the transfer of knowledge in advanced materials between the automotive and aeronautical sectors

  • CTAG starts a new project named AEROCAR and based on the transfer of knowledge between the automotive and aeronautical industry.
  • The project has the support of international entities with extensive innovation experience in both sectors: CTAG (Spain), Leartiker (Spain), RESCOLL (France) and INEGI (Portugal).
  • Creating a constant synergy between these sectors will bring improvements in productivity, thanks to the creation of new technologies, materials or processes, or even by transferring them from one sector to another.

O Porriño, November 2nd 2016. The Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (CTAG) starts its collaboration in a project called AEROCAR which aims to create a knowledge transfer network between the automotive and aeronautical sector. This project, co-funded by the INTERREG SUDOE Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will last for 3 years and has a total budget of 1.3 million euros.

AEROCAR aims to create a constant synergy between the aeronautical and automotive sectors that will improve productivity through the creation of new technologies, materials or processes, or through the transfer of all of them from one sector to another. Therefore, the technologies developed within the project will be those that the automotive industry would apply to the problems of the aeronautical sector and vice versa. This method will permit to reach the full potential of existing technologies and will make technology transfer easier. Hence, companies from both sectors will collaborate in the selection of the most viable products and prototypes so that they can effectively become applicable products to the current manufacturing processes.

As a result, CTAG, as an expert partner in automotive technology, will be responsible for analyzing and developing the automotive case study and assessing the transfer of knowledge towards companies from the aeronautical sector. On the other hand, CTAG will receive aeronautical technology from experts in the field, which will allow CTAG to develop a prototype demonstrator that will enable the transfer of experience towards the automotive industry within Galicia and adjacent regions.

The collaboration of companies and technology centers in Portugal, France and Spain will efficiently develop – yielding effective results – a wide range of skills, knowledge and resources that will be reflected in the use of new materials and process automation in both sectors. Consequently, the project will help boost the development of two strategic sectors in these territories, thanks to the high potential of innovation and job creation of added value that the automotive and aeronautical offer.

This project is aligned with the strategy implemented in 2014 by the Materials Innovation Area in CTAG, which aims to promote the exchange of experiences between these two sectors to deepen their knowledge in high performance materials and encourage new synergies and knowledge transfer opportunities. This strategy began with FORTAPE project, led by CTAG and funded by the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, and the collaboration of AIRBUS. Besides AEROCAR project, co-funded by the Interreg SUDOE Program through ERDF funds, CTAG will start at the beginning of next year a new project funded by Horizon 2020 and exclusively focused on the field of materials engineering for the aeronautical industry.

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CTAG presents its latest developments in R&D&I on new materials at the JEC World Composites 2016

The Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia will participate in the JEC World Composites Show & Conferences, which will be held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center from 8 to 10 March.

CTAG will take part in the exhibition at the Spanish Pavilion, Hall 5A, Booth C53, and will present its latest R&I work relating to new materials: biocomposites, nanocomposites, lightweight and high-performance composites, smart materials and plastronics.

This is the most important event in Europe concerning composites, where exhibitors will present innovations in different sectors such as the automobile, aerospace, building, civil engineering industry, etc.

For more information about the show please visit:Jec World 2016

This participation is supported by the IGAPE, with the 2016 call for “ayudas para la ejecución de acciones de promoción exterior conjunta de las empresas gallegas”, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the Operational Programme ERDF Galicia 2014-2020.


CTAG and VIZA joint research unit

Collaboration to achieve innovation in seat function with high impact in galicia

unidad-mixtaThe Joint Unit programme is part of the Innova en Galicia programme of the Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), supporting knowledge transfer to the business sector to increase its competitiveness.

In a market where changes are faster and more groundbreaking every day, it is essential to carry out a division of tasks and create specialized groups to be able to maintain a constant process of renewal and collaborative learning. This is where the complementarity between the two entities is evident: VIZA as specialist in frame development and interlocking systems and CTAG as specialist in validation (virtual and physical), in advice on manufacturing processes optimisation, both from the ergonomics and efficiency points of view, and in accompaniment in the implementation of R&D&I projects from the earliest stages.

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The main objective of the VIZA-CTAG Joint Unit is to achieve a NEW GENERATION OF UNIVERSAL FRAMES and INTERLOCKING SYSTEMS, by DESIGNING NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE CONCEPTS (weight, ergonomics, resistance and modularity), made with ADVANCED MATERIALS and based on new FLEXIBLE AND EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES of manufacture adapted to the particular needs and requirements demanded, quickly and affordably. To this end it has received support from the Axencia Galega de Innovación (Galician Innovation Agency) and from the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) within the framework of the Estrategia Española de Innovación en Galicia (Spanish strategy of innovation in Galicia).

armaduras-sistemas-enclavamientoVIZA and CTAG will develop an ongoing collaboration that will last for more than three years resulting in a perfect combination, where VIZA’s understanding of current market needs and experience in product design coexist with CTAG’s high added value technological capabilities in the fields of virtual calculation, testing and technological accompaniment, among others

Also, the conjunction VIZA-CTAG will encourage the promotion of opportunities for participation in the research lines within the framework of the H2020 programme.

In these first months of the Joint Unit, technology analysis and requirements definition activities have been carried out, studying the technologies to establish the bases and adequate knowledge for the proper development of the tasks of the Joint Unit. New concepts of flexible backrest and interlocking system have started to be shaped, and the first practical projections have been virtually validated. All these activities have been addressed in reference to the 4 R&D&I lines of the VIZA-CTAG Joint Unit: design of new universal concepts, study of lightweight structural materials, implementation of flexible processes and new test methods in compliance with the EU standards.

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New European Technology to Improve Electric Vehicle Energy Efficiency

A trans-European collaboration kicked off recently in Valencia aiming to develop a novel energy efficient climate control system to help reduce the energy used for passenger comfort in electric vehicles by at least 50 %. Even in today’s modern electric vehicles, a lot of energy is wasted on heating or cooling, in turn limiting the already relatively short range by further draining the battery capacity.

The 6.7 million Euro JOSPEL project aims to greatly optimise on the energy consumption and simultaneously make electric vehicles more attractive to the European car buyers. Industry and research partners from the involved companies and organisations in Spain, Croatia, Italy, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Denmark and Germany met in Valencia to align expectations and aims of the JOSPEL project:

“The JOSPEL project is ambitious in size and scope, and we believe to be able to reduce not only the energy used for passenger comfort heating with at least 50 %, but also to reduce the energy used for component cooling in extreme conditions with at least 30 %. Both objectives will help make the electric vehicles much more energy efficient and marketable”, says the project coordinator, Cristina Abad from AIMPLAS.

Many technological improvements in one package

Taking its name from the thermoelectric Joule and Peltier effects, JOSPEL’s main energy efficiency improvements will consist of developing a novel and innovative heating system based on the Joule effect and a cooling system based on the use of Peltier cells. Both of these technologies are expected to reduce the energy consumption with at least between 25-30 % each in comparison with current heaters and heat pump inverters for cooling.

Besides improving on the heating/cooling technology through thermoelectric technology and effects, JOSPEL will also enhance the energy and battery efficiency through various other solutions, such as improving on the insulation via new glazing designs, reducing the energy needed to defrost and so on. This is where the project benefits from all of the European expertise within the project:

We have put together a strong consortium of European experts, who will help combine several solutions into the most energy efficient optimisation of electric vehicles in terms of not wasting unnecessary energy on heating or cooling. Energy, which could have been used on mobility instead by getting more kilometres out of the battery capacity”, says Cristina Abad.

The JOSPEL project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement n° 653851.

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CTAG leads FORTAPE, the new European Project

“FORTAPE: Research on efficient integrated systems for the manufacturing of complex parts based on unidirectional tapes for the automotive and aeronautical industry” starts in February 2015.

Nowadays the manufacturing technologies to obtain carbon and glass fibre unidirectional continuous tape reinforced composites are not mature enough for a full industrial implementation. FORTAPE aims to solve the barriers related to the high consumption of resources and low rate of automation, through the development of an efficient and optimized integrated system for the manufacturing of complex parts based on unidirectional fibre tapes, for its application in the automobile and aeronautics sector, with the minimum use of material and energy.

With this project CTAG reaffirms its commitment to innovation in new materials and consolidates its position at European level as technology centre of reference in this field for the automotive sector.

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