Save the date: Annual Public ETP Conference focus Regional Innovation on 13-14 April 2016 in Brussels

The 11th annual public conference of the Textile ETP will take place on 13-14 April 2016 in Brussels. The focus of this year's event will be on regional textile innovation. 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 April 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 machine. Presentations of many success stories and best practises 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. Event registrations will be launched in February.


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.


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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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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10th annual ETP conference - 25-26 March 2015, Brussels - over 150 participants - registration closed

On 25-26 March 2015, the 10th anniversary edition of our annual public conferences will take place in Brussels. The theme of this year’s event is “Textile Research and Innovation in Europe – from 2005 to 2025”. 

Covering a broad spectrum from new textile materials, to advanced manufacturing technologies as well as digitalisation and new business models, 30 high-level speakers from industry, research and EU policy will

  • showcase industry-ready results of ground-breaking textile research undertaken in the last 10 years
  •  give an outlook on major industry innovation and technology trends expected to reshape the textile and clothing industry over the next 10 years
  • present strategies and policies which will help the EU textile and fashion sector to assert its leadership position in the global market

Apart from these presentations, the conference will again serve as an excellent place to meet textile researchers and innovators from all across Europe, to speak face-to-face with policy makers and funding programme managers and to look at results and activities of our supporting projects and organisations.

Download here the detailed programme.

Conference supporters:

3D LightTrans Project    At~Sea Project     Centexbel      InnoZug Initiative          SET Project    Smart@Fire Project

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