Add to that the multiple industrial sectors we work within: aeronautics, aerospace, agriculture, the circular economy, additive manufacturing, the automobile industry, nanomaterials, safety, industry 4.0, education, and human resources training.
It all started in 1965 with a focus on soldered construction.
At the time, Portugal was setting out its industrial development strategies. There was a need to find knowledge, to develop it, and to establish it within the country in a number of technical and technological areas to modernize the Portuguese industry. The background was the development of the country’s electrical grid, with dams being built, the development of several process industries, in chemistry, in refining, and in rail transport.
ISQ’s mission was to create a Knowledge Centre in Portugal for soldering technology, and to disseminate that knowledge. It did so during the time that R&D gave rise to the mechanics of solder joint fractures as part of a project financed by a NATO grant to the engineer, Salgado Prata, the chairman of IS.
The company became closely linked to the Instituto Superior Técnico, which gave it a characteristic technical and scientific approach to mechanical engineering. In 1985, ISQ started a period of great expansion in skills and new working areas, as well as increased R&D activity. ISQ started to expand in Portugal and to map out its course towards internationalization.
We are active at every link in the value chain:
engineering, consultancy and research, testing and analysis, education/training, technical inspection, R&D, and testing services. Our activity is carried out by a network of companies within the group and accredited laboratories. We have multidisciplinary teams that help our clients align their business objectives with relevant regulations and rules as they strive to meet their goals in quality, safety, asset management, and environmental and social responsibility.
Our main strength is the combination of experience and innovation which allow us to provide integrated, innovative solutions. In other words, we have the ability to support and improve our partners’ projects across all stages of development, from preliminary studies and planning, through development and production, and up to quality assurance and validation of the product/service.
Our technical staff undergo continuous training. Innovation, Technology, Quality, Safety, Risk Management, Environmental and Social Responsibility.
Vision for the future
ISQ aims to be at the forefront of innovation and has defined R&D as its strategy for success. At the same time, innovation is only effective if it holds market value. We need faster, more flexible solutions with immediate practical effects. In our opinion, innovation is the only way forward for companies that wish to remain alive and competitive. We want to be leaders, not followers and proceed with the international expansion of our services.
We are committed to the energy, environmental and digital transition. We are currently involved in seven national catalyzing programmes of research and innovation which are developing new solutions to sectors such as aerospace, automotive, railways, manufacturing, offshore and agro-food chain.