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Applus IDIADA

Dr.-Ing Carles Grasas
Chief Executive Officer

Dr.-Ing Carles Grasas

Dr. Grasas is currently Chief Executive Officer of IDIADA Automotive Technology SA and member of the Board of Management of Applus Corporation. He was the Vice-President of the Spanish Society of Automotive Engineers (STA) and the President of the FISITA 2004 World Automotive Congress Organising Committee.

Dr. Grasas was born in 1954 in Barcelona, where he graduated from the University of Catalonia with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and where he also pursued a degree in Business Administration from ESADE.

In 1984 he became professor of Internal Combustion Engines at the Engineering School, University of Catalonia. It was in this university where IDIADA was initially created as a research institute, and Dr. Grasas joined as Managing Director in 1987. His vision was for IDIADA to become a global partner to the automotive industry by finding the right team and the necessary resources. As a first step, an independent company spun-off and started with the conception of a detailed strategy and business plan.

In 1994 IDIADA's leading-edge Technical Centre in l'Albornar was inaugurated. Since then the company, lead by the majority of the original management team, has been growing continuously and presently belongs to Applus Corporation. Applus IDIADA employs 2,300 people in 25 different countries, being considered a reference in automotive engineering worldwide.

Spotlight on Applus IDIADA

Applus IDIADA is a global partner to the automotive industry, supporting its clients in product development activities by providing design, engineering, testing and homologation services. The company has more than 2.200 professionals and an international network of subsidiaries and branch offices in 25 countries which ensures that our clients get customized, added-value solutions.

Engineering services: Comprehensive design, engineering and validation capabilities for turnkey vehicle development projects at international level: CAD, CAE and testing of all major vehicle functionalities with unique in house state-of-the-art facilities.

IDIADA provides an extensive range of product development services in the fields of passive and active safety, powertrain, comfort, reliability and electronics. Our expertise in both physical and virtual testing means maximum efficiency in cost and time.

Proving grounds: IDIADA offers the most comprehensive proving grounds in Europe and Asia. The proving grounds, located in Spain and China, offer excellent customer support combined with first-class test tracks and fully-equipped confidential workshops. Both facilities offer the highest standards of safety and confidentiality.

Homologation services in accordance with all European EC and ECE Regulations. We are also accredited for Australia, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and give consultancy to other countries and regions such as South America (including Brazil), China, Russia, Middle East, Gulf Countries, ASEAN, USA, Canada, among others.

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