Being one of the largest science and technology centers in Brazil, Lactec works with the market offering innovative solutions that benefit all the society in several segments, such as automotive, energy, oil and gas, infrastructure and electronics. The company owns six units – five located in Curitiba and one in Salvador – and offers technological services, laboratory tests and analysis, RD&I projects as well as consulting and training. With more than 550 employees, it counts on approximately 110 researchers with master’s or doctor’s degrees. Lactec encourages the entrepreneurial spirit among its employees through calls for projects, exclusively directed to internal staff, in order to deal with innovative ideas developed by its technical team and funded by the institution. Lactec recognizes the benefit of national and international strategic partnerships, such as AWARE, because we are aware of their stimulating effect on the creation of new ideas, concepts and knowledge, which is essential for an innovative culture as part of the daily life of our company. The exchange of managers, researchers and technicians focused on the generation of technological products and solutions applied to the needs of the market fosters mutual learning, broadens horizons and generates new opportunities for all partners involved. Partnership Lactec – AWARE Through the AWARE network, Lactec has the opportunity to receive German interns and researchers in the fields of mechanics, electrics and information technology, and to participate in the formation of those interns through the double degree program offered by the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) jointly with Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI). Furthermore, important contacts with the Fraunhofer Institute, Audi/VW, BMW, and Airbus Defence and Space and further partnerships with German small and medium-sized companies were established thanks to the AWARE network.
Luiz Fernando Vianna