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Centro Tecnológico del Calzado

Eduardo Calabuig
C/ Alemania, 102, 03600 - Elda (Alicante)


We are the Technological Center of reference in Spain for the footwear sector. Our technological capabilities are transversal and applicable to multiple sectors, although our origin and specialization is in footwear. One of our main activities is R&D; we research, generate knowledge and transfer it to companies; our main objective is to help them implement technological innovations that allow them to generate value and gain competitiveness. With our R&D lines, we seek to respond to the current challenges of the footwear sector and its entire value chain. Digital transformation, reducing environmental impact and ensuring user comfort and health are our goals to achieve. In addition, we have the largest laboratory specialized in footwear, which promotes innovation in the sector and helps to meet the scientific and technical needs of companies. In INESCOP we say that we are the strategic ally of the companies that make up the footwear industry. Offering innovative solutions and technologies that improve the competitiveness of the industry is our raison d'être.

Technological capabilities

Big Data

Data collection and sensing


Design and development of control and sensorization systems for data collection and sending (microcontrollers, sensorization, IIoT, ...).


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Visualization of information


Generation of dashboards from information collected by sensors and devices accessible in relevant test environments.


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Digital Twins


CAD/CAM systems for product design and integration with production equipment.


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Artificial Vision


Development of artificial vision systems for automatic object identification.


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Task automation


Collaborative robotics applied to manual, repetitive and collaborative processes with the working personnel.


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Collaborative robots


Collaborative robotics for deformable object manipulation, multi-robot operations and other collaborative robotics based applications.


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Design and simulation of robotic cells.


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Access to financing

Pre-competitive R&D and feasibility analysis for collaborative R&D projects

Feasibility study for participation in collaborative R&D projects to support the transformation of innovative ideas into demonstrable concepts. Includes support for the creation of consortia and administrative and technical assistance for the preparation of funding proposals.

Ecosystem and Networking

Innovation spaces

Access to innovation spaces to foster cooperation and the exchange of ideas among innovators and relevant actors for the implementation of new services and products based on digital technologies.

Networks and intermediation

Establishing links between suppliers, clients, business support systems, funding sources, technology institutes, etc. Through the EDIH partner networks. Specific events for SMEs, brokering events and information days in collaboration with the EEN.

Experimentation and demonstration

Digital maturity evaluation and technology roadmap

Assessment, advice, and organisational diagnosis of the company’s degrees of readiness for the adoption of digital technologies to face the challenges of the coming years. Creation of digital transformation plans to achieve the necessary maturity and assessments of the technological readiness of products or services.

Assessment and consultancy in the use of digital technologies

Consultancy and access to portfolio of R&D projects and results, guides, application sectors, best practices and success stories. Assessment to companies looking for innovative digital technologies to incorporate into their portfolio, including ethical assessment to ensure safe and ethical use of digitalisation for SMEs when necessary.

Support for the use of laboratories and technological infrastructures

Provision of digital technology infrastructures (access and support to HPC, technology platforms) and access to competence centres/labs/infrastructure for experimentation, development of digitalisation of products/services, and production of prototypes or first series for SMEs.

R&D in digital technologies, concept, design, demonstrators / pilots / prototypes / proofs of concept for new products.

Access to competence centres for individual/collaborative R&D projects with the objective of applying digital technology innovation to develop new products/services or improve existing ones. Access to design, technologies and solutions for new digitalisation products/services, from TRL4 to TRL7-8. Validation in the lab and with real customers. Textile sensing technologies, AI for data analysis and image processing, digital twin, VR and hearing, to pre-clinical and clinical testing.

Product demonstrations

Workshops, showrooms, and use cases for potential customers.


Training in digital technologies

Training in digital technologies is a key tool for keeping up-to-date in today’s world and being able to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital era. In the digital sphere, it is increasingly essential to have knowledge of different technological areas, such as Machine Learning, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, HPC…

R+d+i Projects



The Demonstrators are spaces provided by each center to show application examples and prototypes of the Technologies.


Access the infrastructures that each member makes available to companies and other centers related to each technology.

Experiment centers

Perform tests adapted to your company's process.