This center will focus on research in areas where ISQ has been rendering services in Brazil, such as advanced non-destructive testing and management and assessment of critical industrial assets. These R&D activities will be an essential support to the ISQ Brazil development, in particular in the sectors of Energy, Oil & Gas, Industry in general and Aeronautics. This investment’s announcement comes after the visit of the secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Narciso Rodrigues, to the global headquarters of the ISQ Group in Oeiras last July 2013. ISQ is present in Brazil for more than de 20 years, having established the ISQ Brasil in 2000 with the aim to develop services targeted to technologically support the Brazilian industry. This company currently provides R&D based inspection, technical assistance and training services. With headquarters in Belo Horizonte and delegation in Rio de Janeiro and in Vitória, ISQ Brazil currently makes around € 10 million and employs more than 200 people.
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We are a private Portuguese organization with over 50 years’ experience working in engineering, technical and regulatory inspections, training, and R&D and innovation. We work for several benchmark companies and organizations around the world, such as the ESA (European Space Agency) and Big Science projects CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) and the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope).