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The Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre (Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal) (CTCP) is a private non-profit organisation, founded in 1986, between the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS) and two other government Institutes from the Ministry of Industries, (IAPMEI e INETI), from the incorporation of APICCAPS’ Quality Control Laboratory created in 1981. Today, over 350 private companies are associate members of the Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre.

CTCP (Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre) has the mission to technically and technologically support companies within the footwear cluster, promote human resource training in businesses and endow new human resources for the cluster, promote the improvement of product quality and industrial processes, prepare and divulge technical information along the industry, and conduct and streamline research, development and demonstration courses of action.

Following its statutory objectives and in accordance with the strategical priorities within the Footwear Cluster, CTCP actively and continuously intends to:

These activities are grouped into 4 multi-annual action programmes  that correspond to the 4 Great Hubs or Skills Centres: Technical and Laboratory Assistance Programme; Technical Training and Qualification Programme; Technological Surveillance and Innovation Studies; and Investigation and Technological Development Programme.

The main areas where CTCP acts include: Laboratory Tests; investigation and innovation projects, training and qualification; managing systems consulting, investment projects, work safety services, product certification, industrial property, design, multimedia, and software development, information and communication, FabLab, environment and digital production.

CTCP is recognised by specialised and competent organisms in several areas, namely: