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Monday
Apr182016

RegioTex initiative launched at Annual ETP Conference on 13 April in Brussels

Well over 100 participants from 23 regions across 19 EU countries attended the public launch of the RegioTex initiative held on 13-14 April at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The event was co-organised by the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (Textile ETP) and EURATEX - the European Apparel and Textile Confederation.

The RegioTex initiative brings together stakeholders from the textile, clothing and related industries and public authorities in a joint effort to develop and implement strategies that will facilitate and accelerate the emerging industrial renewal in traditional manufacturing regions across Europe. The goal is to strengthen the regional textile innovation capacities such as clusters, technology or training centres and to establish effective European collaboration and peer-to-peer learning between regional actors.

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Wednesday
Jan132016

Boosting Regional Textile Innovation in Europe - Annual Public ETP Conference on 13-14 April 2016 in Brussels

The 11th annual public conference of the Textile ETP takes place on 13-14 April 2016 in Brussels. The event is entitled Boosting Regional Textile Innovation in Europe. It will be the first public showcase of our newly launched Cross-regional Textile Innovation Initiative. The plan is to use the Textile ETP as a catalyst for strengthening regional textile innovation capacities across Europe by better deployment of Smart Specialisation funds and by more cross-regional collaboration and peer-to-peer learning.

The event will bring together regional policy makers from Europe's foremost textile regions as well as companies, clusters, industry associations, technology, research, education and training organisations which sustain the regional textile innovation machines across Europe. Presentations on new Regional Innovation Support Policies and many Industrial Success Stories will underpin the importance of the regional dimension to the sustainance of textile and clothing industry growth and jobs in Europe.

The event will take place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. Download here the final programme .

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Monday
Jan112016

EC Magazine research*eu with special feature on textile research and innovation

The December 2015 - January 2016 issue of research*eu the European Commission's magazine to promote news stories from EU research and innovation programmes includes a 10-page special feature entitled "New Horizons for the Textile Value Chain". Individual articles and interviews cover on-going or recently completed textile research projects such as I-TEX (LED-embedded textiles), INE IAPS (protectors for motorcyclists), NEWMOON (instant monitoring of newborns), VISUALOOK (virtual fitting room), MYWEAR (smart protective wear), TAILORFIT (workflow solutions for made-to-measure production), UPCYCLING THE OCEANS (marine litter into textile products), MACH-TO (productivity-enhancing retrofits for knitting machines) & DIGIFIN (Digital Textile Finishing). The full publication is available for download from here.

Wednesday
Jun242015

Conference "Innovating for Textile Sustainability" & HORIZON 2020 Brokerage Event - 28-29 October 2015, Brussels - Over 150 participants

 

Textile and fashion products made in Europe are renowned for their creativity, innovation, quality and increasingly the environmental and social responsibility with which they are produced.


Constant improvement in materials, production processes and supply chain management can further optimise the sustainability performance of the European textile and clothing industry.

 

However to achieve real step-changes in material circularity, resource-efficient manufacturing and smart on-demand business operations, radically new concepts, technologies and business models are required.

 

Join the “Innovating for Sustainability in European Textiles and Clothing” Conference to:

  • Listen to European thought leaders on textile sustainability of the 21st century
  • Discover industry innovators and technology disruptors working already today on the sustainability solutions of tomorrow
  • Learn about tools and solutions that EU initiatives bring to the industry across Europe
  • Understand how digitisation and material circularity can enable entirely new market approaches and business models

Representatives from the entire European fibres, textile and clothing value chain, from research and technology organisations, industry federations, consulting and service companies as well as policy makers and the media are expected for the event.

 

The event will take place at HUSA President Park hotel in Brussels. Download here the detailed programme

 

The event will be followed by EU research and innovation funding seminar and project brokerage event on 29 October at the same venue. Download here the Detailed Agenda

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Tuesday
Mar312015

Textile ETP Celebrates 10 years at its Annual Public Conference

On 25-26 March 2015 the 10th annual public conference of the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (Textile ETP) took place in Brussels. Over 150 participants from 20 countries witnessed a very broad overview of key textile technologies which moved from research labs into industrial practice over the last 10 years or which are expected to do so over the next 10 years. It was an impressive demonstration of how innovative, high-tech and diversified the EU textile and clothing sector has become.

Alluding to these developments in his opening address, Paolo Canonico, President of the Technology Platform, stated “Few people would have predicted this incredible transformation of our sector back in 2004, the year when the Textile ETP was launched and incidentally also the year when the last textile import quotas were phased out. While it is true that we lost many companies and industry jobs in the following 5-year period, the companies that have successfully navigated this phase are more competitive and resilient than before. While holding on to the majority of its turnover, the industry has increased its productivity by almost 50 % and extra-EU exports have risen by one third to over €42 billion during the last 10 years.”

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