At the occassion of the conference "European Textiles - going digital, going high-tech" the European Textile Technology Platform presented its new Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda to the public. The document entitled "Towards a 4th Industrial Revolution of Textiles and Clothing" details the key Innovation Themes and Research Priorities for Europe's textile and fashion industries for the coming decade.
Over the last decade the industry has achieved a successful transformation towards a developers, manufacturer and distributor of high value added products for a very broad range of geographical and sectoral end markets. Today it has a turnover of € 169 billion, employs 1.7 million people and exports 26% of its products outside the EU. Research, innovation and the development of a highly qualified workforce are key success factors, as well as the transfer of new technologies and business models to the mostly small and medium-sized companies concentrated in regional clusters.
The Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) will be a crucial tool to interact with policy makers at European, national and regional level to make sure support policies and programs meet the needs of the Textile and Clothing sector and further help improving its competitiveness and innovation performance.
Download here a shortened version of the SIRA. The full version is available upon validated request addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org