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AIN - Asociación de la Industria Navarra

Research Center

Ctra. Pamplona, 1 - Edificio AIN
31191 Cordovilla NA


AIN ( is a private non-profit Technological Center, owned by 120 industrial companies in Navarra, from all sectors: automotive, agro-food, paper, chemical, metal-mechanics, renewable energy and ICT. These companies stand for 72% of Navarre´s GDP. The company has participated in more than 40 funded European projects. AIN employs 75 people and 2016 turnover was nearly € 6M.

Main activities:

  • Advanced Surface Engineering

    • Advanced tribology

    • Coatings and intelligent materials

    • Biomaterials

    • Nanoparticles and nanocomposites

  • Mechatronics

    • ​Vision and intelligent systems

    • Predictive Maintenance

    • Measurement, control and communications. Remote sensing

  • Advanced Engineering

    • Integrated project management (turnkey plant projects)

    • Energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration studies

AIN is associated to ADITech (Advanced Innovation and Technology Corporation). ADITech is a private entity that brings together Navarre Technology Centers. ADITech represents AIN in the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) and in the Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy efficiency (SPIRE) – PPP.

AIN - Asociación de la Industria Navarra

AIN - Asociación de la Industria Navarra

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AIN has a complete set of vacuum processing techniques and characterization systems for thin film tribological evaluation. A vacuum hybrid system PVD equipped with sputtering DC and cathodic arc evaporation can be seen in the picture below. The system allows the coating processing of medium size parts for stamping operation. Coating formulations attainable include tribological carbon-based materials, and the incorporation of additives such as W, Ni, Cr, or Si which permit to enhance the thermal stability of the carbon. 

Tribological, mechanical, chemical and microstructural analyses can be done in facilities present at AIN, such as nanoindentation (Hysitron), tribometers (CSM), SEM (Hitachi4800), AFM (Veeco), XRD (BrukerD8). All them allow a comprehensive analysis and diagnosis of coating performance against specific tribosystems and establish correlations with processing parameters. 


Research + Development + Industrial Application

Differential Added Value

AIN works in collaboration with other Technological Centers, Universities and Companies in the development of projects aimed at increasing the competitiveness of our customers by offering products and services with a differential added value:

•Cross – approach expert advice in technology development and industrial implementation

•Advanced Surface Engineering

•Information – Communication Technologies – Mechatronics

•Advanced Engineering

Service for Industry and SMEs