RegioTex - Supports new INTERREG Funding Instrument for Interregional Innovation Investments

RegioTex is one of many supporters for the so-called INTERREG Component 5 funding instrument which is proposed to be added to the regional policy support programme for the period 2021-2027 which current debated by EU policy makers.

The new INTERREG component 5 on Interregional Innovation Investments with a total proposed budget of €970 million aims to develop European value chains across Europe through two strands: 1) support for investments in interregional innovation projects and 2) support for the development of value chains in less developed regions.

The RegioTex initiative of 15 textile regions in 10 EU countries is currently working towards the definition of such interregional investment projects on textile innovation incl. circular economy, digitalisation, technical and smart textiles as well as creative and design-based innovation.

Together with several European and regional innovation stakeholder organisations, we published a position paper to encourage the European Parliament and member states to endorse this new funding instrument. The full position paper is available here.


SmartX – the European Smart Textiles Accelerator 

Smart X should boost smart textiles innovation in Europe with a specific focus on developing a full smart textiles manufacturing value chain in Europe to help drive promising prototypes faster to market. During the 3 years project we will launch 3 funding calls expecting to support up to 40 individual projects with a total funding of € 2.4 million.

In addition, all supported companies will receive free coaching by project experts on how to overcome the main obstacles for commercialization of their smart textile innovations.

The SmartX project has consortium of 13 partners from 7 European countries. It was a pleasure to get together with Centexbel, Up-tex, Steinbeis Zentrum, Citeve, IFM, Sourcebook, DSP- Valley, CITC, DITF, TEXFOR, POINTEX and Smart Textiles at the project kick-off meeting in Brussels on 3rd May.

The next action will be the SmartX Thinkathon organized with Messe Frankfurt on 13-14 May. In the afternoon of 14th May a public information session will be organized at Techtextil-Texprocess in Frankfurt - come and join us in hall 3 C West meeting room Aspekt at 3 pm.

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ETP General Assembly elects new ETP President and adopts ETP 2025 Strategy

We are delighted to welcome Michael Kamm as new President of the Textile ETP. He is the Founder and CEO of Antevorte, Germany and has been member of the Governing Board since 2013.

ETP members thanked the outgoing President Paolo Canonico for his leadership of the Textile ETP since 2013 and we are delighted that he will continue to serve in the Governing Board as the Vice President Treasurer. Paolo Canonico is the R&D Director, Saati group, Italy. The nomination took place during at the ETP’s General Assembly on 24 April in Brussels and the new President’s mandate will start on 1st July 2019. He will continue to be seconded by Katarzyna Grabowska and Braz Costa as Vice-Presidents, representing AUTEX and Textranet respectively.

The General Assembly approved the full slate of Governing Board members for the July 2019 to June 2021 period and adopted the new ETP 2025 strategy which should be fully operational at the beginning of 2020.


Annual ETP Conference and General Assembly

Post-event press release - download here.

The next Annual Textile ETP Conference and General Assembly will be held in Brussels on 24-25 April 2019. The Conference is entitled "Circular - Bio-based - Digital: the Keys to Europe's Textile Future". The 2-day event will feature industrial, scientific and political keynote speeches as well as final results dissemination sessions of EU projects RESYNTEX, Bio4Self & ArtCherie as well as presentations from further EU projects.

The Annual General Assembly will be held in the evening of 24 April. Major points on its agenda will be the adoption of the new ETP Strategy and the election of a new President and Vice-President team.

detailed programme is available here


1st European Textile Start-up Summit - 17-18 April 2018 in Brussels

The 2018 annual public conference of the Textile ETP on 17-18 April in Brussels will feature the 1st European Textile Start-up Summit.

Over recent years a vibrant and growing start-up scene in the textile and fashion industry has sprung up all over Europe. This event will bring together this new breed of brave young textile innovators and start-up entrepreneurs which bravely challenge the incumbents in this long-established industry and opens entirely new markets for textile-based products and services.

What to expect:

-       Testimonials and success stories of the best textile start-up’s from across Europe

-       Lessons and advice from investors and start-up facilitators

-       Information about EU start-up support policies and programmes

-       Networking with textile innovators, technology developers, entrepreneurs, funders and multipliers from across Europe

The annual General Assembly of the Textile ETP will take place in the margins of the conference in the morning of 17th April.

Venue: Radisson Blu Royal hotel, Brussels

Download here the  complete Conference Programme


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