Access to technology and knowledge
International partnerships are key to innovation in the Brazilian industrial sector. We have expertise in the design of projects of international technology transfer, including offset agreements, that contribute to the competitiveness of Brazilian industry.
We cooperate closely with a wide network of partner institutions that include well known institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), the Milan Polytechnic Institute (Italy), the Fraunhofer Society (Germany), Steinbeis University (Germany), Ryerson University (Canada), the Center of Technology and Quality in the Sector of Furniture of the Marche (COSMOB, Italy), the Finnish Institute for Organizational Health (FIOH, Finland).
Focus of our technology exchange agenda
The development of new priority products and services for Brazilian industry
Support to industrial development initiatives in Brazil
Unleashing the innovation potential of Brazilian industry
Preparation of high performance teams
Partnerships in offset agreements
Offset agreements are contractual compensations in large international purchases by governments or sales to governments. When a government buys high value-added products or services, there usually are clauses that oblige foreign suppliers to carry out a specific set of activities to fulfill other objectives of the buyer which are not necessarily directly related to the primary goods or services being purchased.
The procurement policy of the Brazilian government includes such provisions, and Brazilian companies are also subject to complying with offset clauses when selling to foreign governments. Offset clauses can focus on commercial, industrial or technological aspects. To facilitate the achievement of optimal results in offset agreements, SESI, SENAI and IEL offer two types of services: when Brazilian companies export products or services (by providing the industrial technology required by the buyer) and when Brazilian government purchases products os services abroad (by receiving advanced technology from the seller).
Partnership with Giz
Since 2009, SESI, SENAI and IEL have cooperation agreements signed with the state company German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) with the purpose of strengthening SENAI’s legal capacity in the provision of services in renewable energy. Focused on wind or solar energy, in addition to energetic efficiency, the partnership is focused on the transfer of knowledge and technology for the professional qualification, technical and technological services and institutional strengthening.
The main results reached include the survey for qualified labor demand for the market of renewable energies; qualification of instructors and co-preparation and publish of formative itineraries, with occupational competences and syllabus of the qualification courses; creation and adequacy of training centers, with SENAI-PB Ecoefficient (picture).
Partnership with JICA
SENAI’s partnerships with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) date back to the 1960s with bilateral agreements for the implementation of training centers and triangular cooperation projects with developing countries. From 2014 to 2018, SENAI has an agreement with the Japanese institution for training instructors and training technicians in Brazil in 40 courses in the areas of cutting, welding, assembly, quality control and piping of vessels for the shipbuilding industry. The SENAI units benefited are in Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Pernambuco.
The expected results of the partnership are: training of more than 100 instructors from SENAI and training of over 15,000 technicians by 2018, proposing more than five measures of public policies for the shipbuilding industry and improving the techniques used in the sector.
Partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute
In 2014, SENAI and the Fraunhofer Institute signed an international agreement with the aim of creating the SENAI Innovation Institutes. Currently, 21 units are already operational, such as the Automation; Logistics and Conformation and Union institutes, located at SENAI CIMATEC (photo), in Salvador (BA). The number of units will reach 25 in 2017. The aim of the Innovation Institutes is to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the Brazilian industry by creating innovative solutions for the large, medium and small industry.
The service covers the entire national territory, through applied research and innovation projects; prototyping and pilot plants; technological services of high complexity; technology transfer; consulting and training in several technological areas. Cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute aims to make the SENAI institutes a national and international reference in applied R&D, with financial self-sustainability from the eighth year of operation.