The last audit performed by AENOR to the CTCR, coinciding with its tenth anniversary, confirms the success of a standardized Technology Center, also for the tenth year, but above all, rigorously adapted to an improved and differentiated management system, that has great impact on the company
The Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja, CTCR, reaffirms the foundations of technological innovation, not only for the fulfillment of its tenth anniversary but also because, in 2017, it successfully passed the tenth renewal audit of the certificate of R&D&i, according to ISO 166002:2014, and the adaptation to the new versions of the Quality and Environmental standards, according to ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015, respectively. Of the 28 projects developed by the CTCR during the past year, the leading certification body, AENOR, has selected and audited the most relevant proposals that have been made in the past year, which are still being implemented, including the project “Non-slip soles inspired by the feet of the Gecko” (Nanotechnology), “Biomaterials culture” (Environment), “Virtual Mirror” (TIC's), “RFID Installation” (Electronics and Automation) and “New range of footwear based in the optimization of footing and plantar pressures (Mechanics and Prototyping)”, among others.
“We identify ourselves by continuing on the path to excellence in which, fortunately, companies in our sector are also passing through, as an expression of the constant interest in gaining competitiveness. To do this, and although we are daily subjected to a continuous review by our clients, more than 400 in 2016, it is necessary to confirm, annually, the use of the most appropriate management system”, confirms the General Manager of the CTCR, Javier Oñate. It should be noted that the audit is a constructive process that tries to provide the CTCR with opportunities to improve the established management system. And therefore, for the renewal of all processes based on quality and added value, we must also modify the formula of development, which opens the doors of the future.
“We can boast about acting within the framework of a project in which many people, currently 22 experts, have worked, according to a changing organization chart that has evolved, following the demands of the market. Always, working with transparency and increasing independence, looking for continuity, even in spite of the circumstances”, adds Javier Oñate.
During this first strategic cycle, 2007-2017, reference should be made to the keys that have marked some demanding years for the CTCR, highlighting “our commitment to sectorial openness, technological relevance, the promotion of human potential, adaptation to the international environment and sustainable, efficient and responsible actions, in short, the engagement to an innovative open organization”.