IK4 Research Alliance. The Alliance for Technological Scientific Excellence Composition where the IK4 Alliance logo appears, showing a female technical carrying out laboratory tests

9 technology centers,
1 European reference in
development of technology
for companies

Members

As a result of their commitment to contributing to the strengthening of the innovative and competitive capacity of the companies and the technological centres AZTERLAN, CEIT, CIDETEC, GAIKER, IDEKO, IKERLAN, LORTEK, TEKNIKER and VICOMTECH decided to found the IK4 Alliance, maintaining their own autonomy as independent organizations, while benefiting from convergence on a common project.

Member Technological Centres

Centres Description

AZTERLAN-IK4

IK4-AZTERLAN is a private R+D Centre with experience spanning over 30 years specialising in metallurgical research and knowledge of metal materials. Its mission is geared towards fostering the competitiveness of metal working companies through technology transfer and knowledge provision. It seeks to become a benchmark R+D Centre in the European metallurgical sector through the integration of basic research, applied research and technology transfer. It is also involved in highly significant R+D Services and serves over 1,500 companies under the ENAC - ISO 17025 accreditation.

CEIT-IK4

CEIT-IK4 is a Technology Centre providing R&D&I services to the industry through applied research and technological development projects. Its headquarters are located in Ibaeta and at the Miramon Technology Park in San Sebastian (Gipuzkoa). It was founded in 1982 with the financial and institutional support of the Basque Government and promoted by the Engineering School of the University of Navarra in Donostia. Its main commitment is to help society through skilled training of young researchers that once entering the companies can lead the necessary changes to drive companies to first level competitiveness in the international arena. CEIT-IK4 main areas or expertise comprise Materials, Applied Mechanics, Electronics & Communications, together with Microelectronics and Environmental Engineering.

IK4-CIDETEC

IK4-CIDETEC is a Technology Centre that specialises in generating and transferring knowledge and technology in the areas of materials (nanomaterials, polymers & composites, biomaterials, sensors), surfaces (metallic, ceramics, surfaces processing) and energy (storage system, materials for energy). Its mission is to enhance business competitiveness and capacity for innovation through the development of new products and processes. 

Its aim is to become the strategic ally of its clients, helping them define their innovation strategies and providing information and technology solutions that add value to their businesses.

GAIKER-IK4

GAIKER-IK4 Foundation is a Technology Centre committed to research and to provide companies with innovative technological services. Since its creation in 1985, it promotes the technological development and competitiveness of the business sector through the generation, gathering, adaptation and further transfer to its clients and members of the technology derived from its major areas of knowledge (Plastics & Composites, Sustainability & Environment, Recycling & Valorisation, and Biotechnology).

IK4-IDEKO

IK4-IDEKO is a Technology Centre specialised in the Machine Tool sector and Manufacturing Technologies, and it is located at the Arriaga industrial state in Elgoibar (Gipuzkoa). It was created in 1986 and its main research lines involve Transformation processes, Machines and components, Virtual engineering, Machine operation and dynamics, Machining monitoring & control, Intelligent automotive software, Measuring systems, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Competitive intelligence models and Innovation management, among others. IK4-IDEKO's main objective is to promote technological innovation of its clients.

IK4-IKERLAN

A leading knowledge transfer centre providing competitive value to companies.

We are a Basque R&D technology centre specialising in product, process and service innovation helping companies enhance their competitiveness. We offer comprehensive solutions combining the six areas in which we have a high level of specialisation: embedded systems, power electronics, microtechnologies, energy, mechatronics and advanced manufacturing.

Our centre, has sites and workplaces in Arrasate-Mondragón, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Donostia, was created in 1974 on the initiative of a group of companies and entities belonging to the Mondragon Corporation. Since then we have worked with hundreds of companies on their innovations and we have dedicated a large part of our resources to our own research in order to retain our position as leading-edge players as regards knowledge.

IK4-LORTEK

LORTEK is a non-profit-making Research Centre set up to generate a domain of excellence in the knowledge of bonding technologies that allows companies to acquire and maintain positions of leadership in the applications of bonding techniques and processes that are decisive factors in their products or services.

In this respect, the services offered by IK4-LORTEK are geared towards the incorporation of technology and innovation into the industrial base on the basis of the following activities:

  • Development of Technology Projects.
  • Technology Services.
  • Solving specific technical problems for clients.
  • Management of Technology.
  • Technological Training and Dissemination in innovative fields

IK4-TEKNIKER

IK4-TEKNIKER is a technology centre legally set up as a private non-profit Foundation. TEKNIKER's mission is to increase the innovativeness of the industrial sector to improve its competitiveness through the generation and implementation of technology and know-how. It is the Centre for Mecatronics, Manufacturing Technologies and Microtechnologies, focusing on the following major areas: Design of industrial and consumer products; friction, wearing and lubrication-related problem-solving; ICT incorporation in manufacturing plants, and high precision, miniaturisation and micro/nanotechnologies.

VICOMTECH-IK4

VICOMTECH-IK4 (Visual Communication and Interaction Technologies Centre) is an applied research centre for Interactive Computer Graphics and Multimedia located in the Technology Park of San Sebastian (Spain). It was founded in December 2000 and its areas are: Digital TV & Multimedia Services; eHealth & Biomedical Applications; eTourism & Cultural Heritage; 3D Animation and Interactive Virtual Environments; Intelligent Transport Systems and Engineering; Human Speech and Language Technologies.

  • AZTERLAN
  • CEIT
  • CIDETEC
  • GAIKER
  • Ideko
  • Ikerlan
  • Lortek
  • Tekniker
  • Vicomtech

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