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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EU Textiles - Going Digital, Going High-Tech: International Conference on 12-13 October 2016 in Brussels - 150 participants

In its transition towards a 4th Industrial Revolution the European Textile and Clothing industry rapidly adopts advanced digitised manufacturing processes and technologies, uses smart materials and explores new high value added growth markets for textile based solutions. To map out future technological and market applications for textiles and the research and new knowledge needed to fully realise these opportunities, the European Textile Technology Platform has developed a new Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) for the next 10 years. This Strategic Agenda together with many industry, research, technology and project cases will be presented at a high-level conference on 12-13 October 2016 in Brussels.

On 12 October a series of plenary sessions will be dedicated to key technology developments in the major manufacturing stages such as fabric formation, textile surface processing and assembly and fashion production. On 13th October a succession of plenary and parallel sessions will explores market opportunities and technology trends in key technical textile application areas such as construction, health care, sports, protection, environment and agriculture. The event is expected to bring together industry innovators, technology providers, researchers, clusters and other actors from the textile and clothing sector from across Europe.

Download here the post-conference press release, a selection of conference presentations, the conference programme, the detailed programme of the TECLO project side event on 13th October.

The event supports the dissemination of the following European projects:

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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.

Please find more details in the press release.

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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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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.