The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) and the Technological Research Institute (IPT) have signed a cooperation agreement to contribute to the development of Brazilian micro, small and medium-sized companies which make up most of the composites manufacturing segment in the region.
The agreement will work on two fronts. The first focuses on technological extension, with funds from the federal government, through the Brazilian Technology System (SIBRATEC), and from the state government, in the form of the Programme for Technological Support to Micro, Small and Medium Sized-Companies, with the budget from the multi-year plan (PPA) developed by the São Paulo Government.
The second front is intended to foster industrial research and innovation. Available to companies across Brazil with revenue of up to US$1 million/year, the initiative will be funded by the Brazilian Association of Industrial Research and Innovation (EMBRAPII) and the Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small-Sized Companies (SEBRAE). This programme focuses exclusively on development and innovation and is especially geared towards individual microbusinesses, small companies and start-ups.
To Gilmar Lima, president of ALMACO, the agreement signed with IPT will be fundamental in helping companies in the composites industry navigate the economic crisis.
“Innovating and exporting are the main answers to soften these recent blows,” he notes.
The partnership with IPT should help raise resources since ALMACO can work as a service provider.
“Our structure, professionals and expertise will be available to make the maximum number of projects viable,” notes Lima.
He also stresses that the participation of the entire composite production chain, especially suppliers of raw materials, will be crucial for the success of the initiative.
“What large companies must understand is that supporting manufacturers is very important at this time,” says Lima. “Otherwise, they will have no one to sell their products to in the future.”
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