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Footwear Technology Centre of Portugal

Footwear Technology Centre of Portugal - CTCP - is a non-profit private organization founded in 1986 with the incorporation of a footwear quality control laboratory created in 1981.
Footwear Technology Centre of Portugal

CTCP was created by the Portuguese Footwear, Components and Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS) and two Governmental Institutes from the Portuguese Ministry of Economy (IAPMEI and INETI).

Main objectives:
. To support technique and technologically the companies from the footwear sector;
. To promote technique and technological training of the companies' human resources;
. To promote the industrial improvement of the product quality and processes;
. To prepare and spread technical information for the industry;
. To carry out and stimulate works of investigation, as well as its development and demonstration.

The CTCP  has its head office, with 3.000m², in S. João da Madeira, 30 Km south of Oporto, and a delegation with 1.000m², located in Felgueiras, 50 Km north of Oporto.

CTCP executes its objectives through the following activities:
. Physical and Chemical laboratory tests of raw materials and final products;
. Products certification;
. CE Marking;
. Research into new materials, equipment and processes;
. Fitting and Comfort Analysis;
. Leather utilization;
. Test Methods and standards;
. Environmental and Safety Consulting;
. Production and Manufacturing Consulting;
. Quality Certification schemes (ISO 9000, 14000, 18000);
. Training services, professional expertise and teaching resources;
. Sectorial studies;
. Software development;
. Information and Communication services;
. Protection of Industrial Property;
. Internet and Professional Database;
. HSW - Health and safety at work; 
. Environment;
. Design.