The Bajio Technological Development Innovation Complex – CIATEC will potentiate the industrial development through the application of science, technology and innovation.


With the purpose of promoting innovation as a sustainable development direction, the Bajio Technological Development Innovation Complex from the Center for Applied Innovation in Competitive Technologies (CIATEC, by its Spanish initials) will be launched.


This complex will be located in Guanajuato Inland Port (GIP) and will have the purpose of potentiating values and capabilities of the aeronautic and automotive industry, as well as research applied to the environment, renewable energies and sustainability.


With an investment of almost 800 million pesos and a space of 8.8 hectares, this center will strength the District of Innovation and Services of GIP and will work in coordination with the academy, the business sector and government in all levels.


In September started the construction of this complex and the project will develop in four stages.  It will hose researches in activities such as advanced manufacturing in matters and industrial processes; aircrafts interior’s design, anti-flame retardant leathers, light cloths and bioturbosine generation, among others.


In interview with Mexico Industry, Ricardo Jaime Guerra Sanchez, general director of CIATEC, mentioned that this project is an example of formation of a consortium where the most important research centers in Guanajuato collaborate.


He explained that the laboratories installed in the current building in Industrial Delta, will be moving to this new Innovation Complex, remaining only the administrative offices, the attention to the footwear-leather sector and some training and development spaces.


Currently, at CIATEC work 181 people, 70 % will be moving to the new facilities.  With this new Center its payroll will expand to 300 researchers among engineers and technologists.


“The intention of the facilities’ expansion is because we are diversifying the activities in which we usually work; CIATEC emerged 41 years ago as a center of technological and services development for the footwear-leather sector and supply, but with time we have learned some other things that we could orientated toward other activities, such as the automotive sector and the environment.”


He emphasized that before the increase of engineers and researchers that will be required to encourage each one of the projects, the expansion need was seen, therefore this project was presented before the Advisory Council in 2014.



The laboratories that will be expanded in the Innovation Complex will be focused to the automotive sector, environment, energy and sustainability, as well as with the aerospace industry.


“The focus is the automotive sector because we are in an entity that has capitalized this industry, we have more than 400 companies, in addition of the Guanajuato Automotive Cluster (CLAUGTO,) which has the need of being supported technically and technologically, therefore we will be working together.”


Ricardo Guerra announced that as part of this collaboration agreement, the Automotive Design Center will be integrated which will provide direct attention to what the CLAUGTO requires.


Moreover, the Guanajuato Automotive Consortium, constituted by CIATEC, the Optics Research Center (CIO, by its Spanish initials,) the Mathematics Research Center (CIMAT, by its Spanish initials) and 10 centers that depend of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT, by its Spanish initials.)


Among the centers that depend of CONACYT are the Research Center in Applied Chemestry (CIQA, by its Spanish initials,) Mexican Corporation of Materials Research (COMIMSA, by its Spanish initials,) Advanced Materials Research Center (CIMAV, by its Spanish initials,) Advanced Technology Center (CIATEQ, by its Spanish initials,) Center for Engineering and Industrial Development (CIDESI, by its Spanish initials,) Center of Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry (CIDETEQ, by its Spanish initials, among others.


These centers will have offices in the Bajio Technological Development Innovation Complex – CIATEC aimed to serve industrial vocations of the state of Guanajuato.


“The CONACYT has much interest in supporting the States for the industrial development that they require, the innovation agenda is different in different entities, what is required is to orientate vocations and avoid repeating them,” said Ricardo Guerra.


He said that the Government of the State of Guanajuato launched a call to fulfill a study about the vocations for the automotive sector and know their needs, what Tier 1; Tier 2 and Tier 3 companies need to develop and be competitive, task that will be supported by the Centers of Research and Technological Development.


The vocations detected in the study will be worked at the GIP, in coordination with the entrepreneurial sector and CLAUGTO, aiming to develop the project little by little.


Currently, CIATEC has the recognition and approval by some of the most important assemblers in the area, as a reliable laboratory for the application of their testing methods for automotive parts.


CIATEC performs different projects for this sector as the air bags testing chamber previous to the operation area, where they analyze its function, whether they are cars already in the market or models that are about to be launched.


They also work in design projects of new light materials for this sector and CIATHULE which is a patented development, which is where 100 % of a tire is recovered for its reuse and with this material plastic pieces are generated.



At the Bajio Technological Development Innovation Complex – CIATEC will be located the physical-mechanic test laboratories for the automotive sector, where air bags testing laboratories will be integrated and a 120 meters tunnel in which an impact is simulated to activate responses.


Also more cabins and laboratories will be added, in which impact testing, vibrations and metrology will be done.


Another laboratory will be included of light materials named: National Laboratory in Innovation and Light Materials Development for the Automotive Industry (LANIAUTO, by its Spanish initials,) which will be supported by CIQA.  CIATEC and CIDETEQ participate as research partners.


Meanwhile, it is seek to offer services of competitive materials analysis under different rules and/or automotive certifications.


The LANIAUTO will develop light materials for the automotive industry, seeking to support a sector technologically which is fundamental for the country’s economy, that after the food industry is the one of that generates more resources to the national economy, providing 3.5 % of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP;) in addition of being the sixth most important produced of auto-parts after China, Japan, Germany, the United States and South Korea, the main vehicle supplier for the United States.


Also a testing laboratory of environmental care will be included, with groups of membranes, water treatment, and soil remediation.



Ricardo Guerra Sanchez, general director of CIATEC, highlighted that the center will be participating in the generation of biofuel from plants, with which will be potentiated the productive chain and the development of innovation and technology will be incorporated to increase companies competitiveness.


Its infrastructure will have a Bioturbosine Demonstrative Plant of 9,064 m2, which consists in a Processing Plant and Auxiliary Services and an industrial building.


“With the Government’s support, academy and companies we will collaborate to the reduction of greenhouse effect gases aiming to reverse climate change.”


The agreement emerged after the Memorandum of Understanding with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) was signed for the first time.  It is an international and conormative organization that guarantees biomaterials sustainability, biofuels and biomass production.


The director mentioned that it is a project in which they worked for six years with Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA, by its Spanish initials) fulfilling the previous project Flight Plan for Mexico, performed with other organisms and research centers; afterwards the Ministry of Energy (SENER, by its Spanish initials) formed the Mexican Centers of Innovation in Energy (CEMIEs,) aiming to seek for alternative energy.


The leader of the Bioturbosine project is the Institute of Scientific and Technological Research in San Luis Potosi (IPICYT, by its Spanish initials) the second promoter is the CIATEC, supported by 16 national centers and two international ones, who presented the Bioturbosine proposal and it was approved by the Ministry of Energy by an amount of 376 million pesos.


“Guanajuato has to develop the industrial plants for the processing, then we proposed that it could be established in our property land at the Inland Port, the fund to support it will be through the Energy Fund and the resource is directly received by the IPICYT,” he said.


In this project different companies and research centers participate, including the Mazda Center of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with the objective of decreasing CO2 emissions and the aviation environmental impact.


“It is important to understand that in the reduction of biofuel emissions, the main difference with fossil combustible is the so called “life cycle.” In the bioturbosine, the used raw materials kidnap again the CO2,” he concluded.