IK4-Tekniker is a private non-profit research organization founded in 1981 with near two hundred and sixty researchers and a turnover over 20 M€. Its mission is to help the industrial sector to increase its innovative capacity by means of generating and applying technology and knowledge in order to be more competitive. Automotive parts, machine tools, mechanical capital goods, aerospace, chemical & petroleum products and industrial and consumer electronics are the most relevant sectors served by IK4-Tekniker.
In line with its missions and origins, IK4-TEKNIKER not only provides companies with technological support, but is also involved in generating new business initiatives, which are usually technological and, often, “spin offs” of the centre itself. Since the early nineties, IK4-TEKNIKER has been involved in setting up around twenty new business initiatives to a greater or lesser extent. Most of these initiatives were in the industrial sector.