The largest national event of composite materials arrives for the first time to Galicia thanks to CTAG, University of Vigo and AEMAC

CTAG, the University of Vigo and AEMAC will organize the XIII National Congress of Composite Materials (MATCOMP 2019) in Galicia. The announcement was made yesterday in Madrid.

The Spanish Association of Composite Materials (AEMAC) and the Automotive Technology Center of Galicia (CTAG) announced yesterday in Madrid the organization of the XIII National Congress of Composite Materials (MATCOMP 2019) based in Galicia.

Taking advantage of the celebration yesterday of the 2nd AEMAC Workshop for collaboration Academia and companies in the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) in Madrid, the responsible for the Materials​​ Innovation Area at CTAG, Raquel Ledo, and the president of AEMAC, Jacinto Tortosa, officially announced the selection of CTAG and the University of Vigo as hosts of MATCOMP 2019, which will be held for the first time in Vigo on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July 2019.

As Raquel Ledo, who moderated the transport table, advanced yesterday, MATCOMP 2019 will arrive in Galicia for the first time in its history to offer a high-level technological forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research and innovative technologies in the field of composite and high-performance materials, and specifically “in this edition we want to reinforce the impact of composite materials in the Industry 4.0 and in the circular economy“.

MATCOMP 2019 will gather a large number of experts in the area of ​​advanced materials with great international relevance as well as invited lecturers from the most innovative companies in this field. In addition, this congress will be open to the participation of all those companies, researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals interested in sending their contributions, presenting their products or attending the congress. Thus, this event will provide a unique opportunity to strengthen the collaboration of universities and technology centres with companies from strategic sectors such as the automotive industry, the naval industry, aeronautics, renewable energy and the construction sector, among others.

In the forthcoming weeks the congress website will be published with further information.

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MATCOMP is a biennial congress promoted by AEMAC that aims to promote and encourage research and use of composite materials at a national level. This congress constitutes the most important event for the scientific, academic and business community in the field of composite materials in Spain. In past editions, MATCOMP has managed to bring together about 200 speakers and experts and mobilize more than 300 professionals with a high level of innovation.

Materials Innovation at CTAG

CTAG is a Galician technology centre with international presence, composed by nearly 700 professionals and created in 2002 to offer innovative solutions for the automotive sector. One of its most important research lines are  the advanced materials, in which it has developed more than 50 projects, 25 of them within public research programs such as the European Horizon 2020 Program. This group of researchers, pioneers in Galicia in the approach of materials research results towards companies in the transport sector, was the first group of scientists from a private centre to lead a research project within the 7th European Research Program and is currently very involved in the transfer of knowledge based on material engineering between the automotive sector and aeronautics, two strategic sectors for Galicia.


Workshop on improving energy effciency in electric vehicles

Increasing the range of electric vehicles remains one of the biggest challenges in the automotive industry. On October 25th, JOSPEL will host a workshop where partners from three EU-funded projects – XERIC, OPTEMUS and JOSPEL – will present their latest innovations and technologies to improve energy efficiency in electric vehicles.

The workshop will take place at JOSPEL partner CTAG’s facilities in O Porriño, which is located in the Galicia region of Spain, and participation is FREE with online registration. The workshop will feature presentations from all three projects about the innovative technologies being applied to improve energy efficiency in electric vehicles, and it will also be possible to visit the JOSPEL demo lab.

Some of the key learning points of the workshop are:

  • Novel energy efficient EV climate system
  • Novel and innovative heating and cooling systems based on the use of Joule effect and Peltier cells respectively
  • Integrated thermal management system
  • Innovative battery pack with low energy consumption and thermal management elements
  • “Demo lab” with real users for validating the user feeling of heating and cooling.

Working together on energy management

Like JOSPEL, XERIC and OPTEMUS are EU-funded projects that have taken up the challenge of systematic energy management in electric vehicles based on the integration of energy efficient components and sub-systems, and the three projects are working together in sharing experiences and approaches to saving the challenge:

  • JOSPEL – Low energy passenger comfort systems based on the joule and peltier effects
  • XERIC – Innovative climate control system to extend the range of electric vehicles and improve comfort
  • OPTEMUS – Optimised energy management and use through a holistic, vehicle-occupant-centred approach

Who should attend?

The workshop will be particularly interesting to CEOs, Board Members, Department Heads, Project Managers, Engineers, and Scientists dealing with automotive interiors, automotive design, interior materials, R&D, thermal comfort, batteries, and electric vehicles, but it is open to anyone with an interest in innovative new technologies.

Practical information

The workshop will take on October 25th 2018 from 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM CET, and it will include lunch and the possibility of visiting the JOSPEL demo lab.

The address is:

You can register here:

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

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


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,

CTAG: Denise García,

INEGI: Susana Sousa,

RESCOLL: Thomas Stimpfling,

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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:

Registrations here:

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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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