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

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PPE Conference - Sustainability, Digitalisation, smat wearables and EU regulation as drivers of PPE innovation

Over 100 participants from 22 European countries covering the entire PPE value chain from fibre to end use came together in Brussels to explore the main trends that will shape the future of the PPE market in the coming years.

The three main themes covered in the event were sustainability, digitalization and smart wearables. These three domains see rapid technology developments which give the actors across the PPE value chain a vast array of opportunities to innovate products, processes, services and business models.

The event was co-organised by the Textile ETP, Euratex, ETSA and ESF.

Download here a summary report of the event.

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Event report - Annual ETP Conference

More than 170 members of the European Textile Technology Platform and other stakeholders gathered on 30-31 March in Brussels at the 12th Textile ETP Annual Conference for an overview on on-going European collaborative research in textile and clothing and to discuss with EU policy makers the needs and opportunities for future EU support.

Textile research in Europe is extremely broad ranging from advanced fibre materials research to sustainability, digitisation and development of new applications of textiles in new high added value end markets. The 28 European projects that presented their activities and results to date at the 12th ETP Annual Public Conference proved this in a very impressive way.

Among the project results exhibits was even a pilot-scale machine. The Fibersort machine aims at accelerating the new circular textile system by automatically sorting textile waste items based on their fibre compositions.

The Annual Conference was dedicated to the exploration of textile related research across the major European Research and Innovation Programmes including HORIZON 2020, COSME, LIFE+ and INTERREG. The 28 projects were divided in parallel sessions according to the four topics of the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) presented in October 2016: Smart, high-performance materials, Advanced digitised manufacturing, value chains and business models, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency, High-value added solutions for attractive growth markets.

Download here the full event report and an overview of all presented projects.

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Annual Public Conference 2017 on 30-31 March in Brussels

The next Annual Conference of the Textile ETP will take place on 30-31 March 2017 in Brussels. The focus of the event will be "Textile Research in HORIZON 2020". At the conference, we will provide a dissemination platform to all textile-related EU projects currently running or recently completed, whether they are funded by H2020, COSME, LIFE+ and other programmes. We will also use this event to present the ETP’s views on H2020 and discuss with EU policy makers the opportunities during the remainder of the programme and some first orientations for the funding programme that should succeed H2020. Find here the conference programme - As usual we will also hold the Annual General Assembly of the ETP in the margins of the conference, in the evening of 30 March.

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New Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda released

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

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