INESCOP, the Technological Institute for Footwear and Related Industries, is an independent service organisation. INESCOP began its activities in 1971 and works as a non-profit making organisation, with more than 600 associated companies. 

iNESCOP is provided with the most modern and technological equipment, necessary in order to guarantee services of the highest quality and in line with the most advanced of their type, at a worldwide level. 

The human resources at INESCOP are made up of more than 100 professionals. The activities span the wide range of scientific and technical needs of the companies such as the testing and assurance of quality, the organisation of the productive processes, the study of materials, the development and incorporation of advanced technologies, the specific training of human resources, specialised information and documentation related to the environment, industrial design, fashion trends and applied research in general.