CATIM, the Technological center for the metal working industry is a non-profit private institution of public utility, that resulted from the association of interests, industries, and associations with public companies.
It was established under the Decree-Law No. 249/86 of August 25, with the changes that were introduced by Decree 312/95 of November 29 and registered as a Public Utility Institution, as published in the Official Gazette No. 15, II series of 87/01/19, at the Commercial Registry of Oporto, Registration No. 2, under the tax number 501 630 473.
Its mission is to contribute to innovation and competitiveness of national metal industries and similar or complementary sectors.