Projects co-financed by the EU

"Strategies for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth"

Project 32879 - PDF

Innovation Project


Project number: NORTE-02-0853-FEDER-032879

Main objective: Strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs

Region of intervention: North


Approval date: 30-11-2017

Starting date: 15-06-2017

Conclusion date: 14-06-2019

Elegible cost: 2.193.743,90 EUR

European Union finantial support: FEDER 1.096.871,95 EUR


Objetives and expected results:

Development of innovating fabrics for new market segments, automotive and sports, based on new dyeing processes, digital printing and new finishes, through the adoption of systems and equipment of strong technological innovation.


Result indicators:

  • Indicator I1 (post-project values) - Gross Added Value - 6,822,445.17
  • Indicator I2 (post-project values) - Qualified Employment Creation - 20 Jobs;
  • Indicator I3 (post-project values) - Turnover - 14,072,500.00 €

Project 42721 - PDF

Formation Project


Project number: NORTE-06-3560-FSE-042721

Main objective: Promotion of sutainability and quality of employment

Region of intervention: North


Approval date: 18-04-2019

Starting date: 15-06-2017

Conclusion date: 14-06-2019 Elegible cost |61.725,77 EUR

European Union finantial support: FSE – 22. 073,84 EUR


Objectives and expected results:

With the development of this project, ACATEL iontends to create conditions for for the company's growth through the optimization of the production process and internal management, allowing the creation of new products that comply with cliente’s requirements, complementing technology investments with the increasig HR competencies.


Outcome indicators to be achieved within the project are as follows:

  • Degree of compliance with the activities provided for in the training plan, measured by the ratio between the number of training hours scheduled and the number of training hours carried out under the project (%): 100%;
  • Percentage of employees considered more suitable for innovation and management by survey method as compared to the total number of employees covered: 100%

Project 298 - PDF

Innovation Project

Project nΊ: NORTE-02-0853-FEDER-000298

Support under the SI Incentive System Productive Innovation

Project Designation: Fantastic Colors

Eligible Cost: 1,123,128.31

Financial Support: 673,876.99

Project Synthesis: ACATEL currently provides dyeing and dyeing services to the garment and has an open and tubular finishing line, using conventional processes in its pigment printing process. In the scope of the project, the company intends to move towards the use of digital stamping. The company, within the scope of this project, aims to adopt new organizational methods, introduce new products in the market and innovate in terms of design and marketing. The proposed project also aims to diversify its range of products, with the introduction of more technical products, with greater incorporation of Know-how and with greater added value, that until then was not possible to the company. According to the promoter, the custom stamping line will allow to increase the range of materials in which it will be possible to apply direct stamping, allowing the use of different fibers, namely cellulosic (cotton, viscose, modal, bamboo, Lenpur and lyocel). ACATEL currently only has the capacity to stamp synthetic fiber materials (Polyester).

Investment results:

• Investment made: € 1.138.841,02
• Incentive received:  € 640.183,14


Result indicators achieved:

• Turnover: € 11.397.592,94 (+ 11.4%)
• GVA: € 5.018.459,45 (+5,4%)
• NΊ of workers HQE 20 (+7)


Qualification Project

Project No .: POCI-02-0853-FEDER-000943

Support under the SI Incentive System Qualification of SMEs

Designation: Sustainability Colors
Approval date: 31-08-2015
Starting date: 11-05-2015
Conclusion date: 10-05-2017

Eligible Cost: 275,104.00

Financial Support: 123,796.80

Project Overview: The company ACATEL Acabamentos Tκxteis, SA dedicates itself to the dyeing, finishing and stamping of knits or confectioned parts. This project, based on the typologies of organizational innovation and management, digital economy and ICT, brand creation and design, development and engineering of products, services and processes, quality, knowledge transfer, distribution and logistics and eco innovation, aims to:

• Implement control and production management software that allows the interconnection of all production areas (from dyeing to the outbound warehouse, dispatch of orders), with information collection terminals. Its main functionalities are in the strict planning and control of the production, the management of stocks with reports for the integration of the modules of commercial management and obtaining of a set of indicators that will allow a management by objectives and by individualization of processes. In addition, a new productive layout (with workplace organization) will be implemented, reflecting the new business model that the company plans to implement (finished mesh sales).

• Develop a website for the promotion of new products and the addition of an online store.

• Create a brand and our own collections, using technical advice for the new products: digital printing with GOTS (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD) products produced in organic cotton (organic), digital printing in ecological fibers, - digital and traditional printing and prints for women's fashion.

• Strengthen the quality control laboratory with equipment for conducting physical and chemical tests, allowing to test the viability of the products.

• Implement the Quality and Environment Integrated Management System according to the norms NP EN ISO 9001: 2015 and NP EN ISO 14001: 2012.

• Acquiring skills, through the transfer of knowledge, in the field of functionalising finishes in stamping on cellulosic fibers.

• Obtain the OEKO-TEX eco-label for the new product range, obtain Bluesign certification by prioritizing the ecological trail (environmental standards) with a global seal of approval for environmental, health and production safety and certification by the GOTS standard in order to guarantee the biological status of the textile product in order to guarantee the credibility for the consumer of being a natural textile (organic fibers), environmental and socially responsible throughout the production chain.

• The company in the pre-project only indirectly exports and intends in the post-project to reinforce these indirect exports and to directly enter the markets of Spain, France, Belgium, United Kingdom and Germany.

Objectives / Results:

Conclusion date: 02-05-2017
Investment made: € 197.072,47
Eligible investment: € 197.072,47
Non-refundable incentive received: € 63.264,54

Direct turnover from abroad (sales + services):

• 2015 2,9% (1.5% of sales)
• 2016 12,7% (7,3% of sales)
• 2017 15,9% (10,1% of sales)
• 2018 10,2% (4,7% of sales)
• 2019 14,9% (11% of sales)

The objectives were met in terms of certifications, investment in innovation, increase in qualified employment and impact on the economy and regional competitiveness.


Internationalization Project

Project No .: POCI-02-0752-FEDER-001142

Support under the SI Internationalization Incentive System

Designation: Sustainability Colors
Approval date: 31-08-2015
Starting date: 18-05-2015
Conclusion date: 30-04-2017

Eligible Cost: 307,933.49

Financial Support: 138570,07

Project Overview: Established in 1985, ACATEL specializes in Dyeing and Finishing services and was certified in 2002 by the EN ISO 9001 standards. Throughout its growth, the company focused on expanding its facilities and installation of units to improve production, having applied for several under the IMIT Program and reaching the highest turnover register (€ 9.2M) in 1995. Environmental Certification (EN ISO 14001) was also obtained in 2012.

ACATEL intends to remain the company of choice, betting on the creation of the product itself, increasing the profitability of the company through the innovation of technological production processes and continuous experimentation of new solutions and / or changes to the processes.

The goal is to provide customers with the best solutions in the area of ​​operation through:

(i) innovative services;

(ii) global capacity;

(iii) and option for differentiated services / services per client.


At the level of internationalization, the entity aims at a diversification approach, by launching new products and simultaneously entering new markets. (Spain, France, Belgium, United Kingdom and Germany).

The company does not have experience in direct external relations, however, in its Turnover were included the transactions that indirectly contributed to the increase of tradable activities (ACATEL sells its products to agents that export directly to the final customer). Thus, it intends to pass its 100% representation in the national market to 95% and 5% to the international market.

Taking into account its vision, mission and strategic objectives, the entity defined, among others, the following strategic objectives:

• Constant and continuous innovation;

• Creation of own collections with the brand ACATEL;

• Strengthening of resources (communicational, human, financial, etc.);

• Conquer 5 new (international) markets;

• Development of management skills;

• Obtaining eco-labels. In order to achieve the defined strategic objectives and to put into practice the internationalization approach, the entity intends to execute actions within the following typologies of the operation:

• Knowledge of external markets: Through participation in international fairs as a visitor or exhibitor, such as the "Municg Fabric Strart" fair, with the aim of gaining international visibility and promoting business meetings that allow the creation of an international turnover;

• Prospecting and presence in international markets: Several prospective trips are planned for the target markets in order to continually gain new customers;

• International Marketing: Development of promotional material for use in fairs and prospective actions in order to provide better visibility of the entity's products, brands and services;

• Introduction of a new method of organization in commercial practices or external relations: The entity aims to hire two highly qualified technicians in order to ensure a better promotion of the ACATEL brand;

With the internationalization plan, the entity's goal is to increase total turnover by approximately 3,013 million euros between 2013 and 2018, from 10,234 million to 13,247 million euros respectively.

Objectives / Results:

Conclusion date: 28-04-2017
Investment made: € 256,684.35
Eligible investment: € 159,478.76
Approved non-refundable incentive: € 71,127.12

Direct turnover from abroad:

• 2015 2,9%
• 2016 12,7% 
• 2017 15,9%
• 2018 10,2% 
• 2019 14,9%

Expected export intensity: 69.82%
Export intensity achieved: 77.6%

The objectives were also met regarding investment in innovation, increase in qualified employment and impact on the economy and regional competitiveness.


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