The industrialization process in São José dos Campos took off when the Aerospace Technical Center (CTA), currently known as Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA), was first installed in 1950, and the Presidente Dutra Highway was inaugurated.
The city was chosen to be the headquarters of the Brazilian Aeronautical Park and a provider of specialized labor in the sector. This choice was made by Mr. Richard Smith, head of the Aeronautical Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His criteria included not prioritizing large cities and finding a location that was close enough to allow the easy commute of professors and technicians.
In the following decades, with the consolidation of industrial economy, the city population showed expressive growth, which boosted the urbanization process.
Since then, state strategies have shaped the way the city would stand out, including the creation of Brazil’s most important national company, Embraer, which was privatized in 1994, when the city's fate had already changed. São José dos Campos left behind its agricultural characteristics and went through an important expansion process in the tertiary sector, becoming one of the most innovative municipalities in the country.
Today, the city is a hub for shopping and services, serving approximately 2 million inhabitants.
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São José dos Campos. Technology Park. Biggest innovation center and entrepreneurship hub in the country.
São José dos Campos. Technology Park. Bigger innovation center and entrepreneurship hub in the country.
The biggest technology park in Brazil:
Top five aerospace cities:
Foreign direct investment (FDI)
Distribution of companies
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Getting to know Brazil’s biggest technology park
- Total area of 25 million m² (269 million ft² )
- 2 million m² (21 million ft²) of consolidated expanded facilities, with a developed area of 120,000 m² (1.291 million ft²)
- A consistent daily foot traffic of over 8,500 people
- 5 technology development centers (CDTS)
- Health, Information Technology (IT) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Aeronautics, Cybernetics, Water and Environmental Sanitation
5 Multi-user laboratories
- Advanced Manufacturing Lab (CDM),
- Laboratory of Simulation and Critical Systems (LSC),
- Lightweight Structures Laboratory (LEL),
- Automation and Robotics Laboratory,
- Interference and Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory
- Electromagnetics (EMI/EMC).
- 4 University campuses: UNIFESP, UNESP, FATEC and UNIVESP