SmartX Project - Upcoming events and EU Smart Textiles community building

The new Textile ETP coordinated project SmartX - European Smart Textiles Accelerator made important progress in its 2nd project month.

Several regional events in different countries are being planned for the autumn, with the first one confirmed for 1st October in Liège, Belgium, linked to a Smart Textiles event organised by project partner Centexbel. More info and regsitration here.

Also a Hackathon is under preparation to take place in late October in Berlin, enabling selected Smart Textiles SME's to experiment with advanced manufacturing and assembly technologies.

By September, a first call for expressions of interest will be launched to identify the first wave of SME's interested to apply for the SmartX funding call to be opened in November 2019. Also the first version of the European Smart Textile Community Platform will be launched in early autumn.

Smart textiles companies, researchers and technology developers interested in collaborating with SmartX are invited to sign up to our monthly newsletter at or contact 


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.

For more information please click here


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