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Automobile cluster counts on INEGI in a project that aims to answer technological challenges of the car of the future

27 January 2021
It was thinking about the car of the future and the challenges of new mobility trends, that the portuguese automobile cluster brought together 21 partners in a new mobilizing project. With this alliance between science and companies, the aim is to strategically position the national automotive sector in the global value chains of the vehicle of the future.

Entitled "Portugal AutoCluster for the Future”, the project is led by Simoldes Plásticos, and brings together companies and research and development entities. Among them is INEGI, whose participation "offers a complete approach to different areas of knowledge for the development of the auto industry”, says Isaac Ferreira, co-responsible for the project at INEGI.

The objective is to capacitate the industry around new technologies - products and processes - and emerging models of industrialization and operation, in order to boost the sector's internationalization.

In this context, "the pillars of INEGI's performance are aligned with the most recent world trends", says João Silva, who is co-responsible for the project. From the development of structures and materials of low weight and high performance, to the transformation of production systems for the Industry 4.0 paradigm, digitalization and automation.

The car of the future, for the consortium, will be designed to be "connected, electric and autonomous", following the "trend of third living space".Nnew materials and structures will also be a priority, in terms of efficiency and environmental impact. Preparing the industry for this new reality requires developing, testing and demonstrating new technologies, methodologies and processes.

As part of the "Mobilizing Programs", which aim to promote the growth of knowledge-intensive economic activities and the creation of value based on innovation, this project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through Portugal 2020.
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