The only scientific laboratory for materials testing, design studios and high technology for the automotive and metalworking sector is located in Catiglata, in northern Ambato.
Milton Lopez, coordinator of the automotive industry, mentions that this is the only one in the country and the third in Latin America. The other two are in Brazil and Argentina.
The work, funded by the Autonomus Government of Tungurahua and the Ministry of Production (Mipro), cost 3 million 400 thousand dollars; of which 1.4 million were contributions from the Mipro. “65% of car bodies of the country are manufactured here and therefore the work is supported,” said Prefect of Tungrahua Fernando Naranjo.