This year's conference’s entitled “Charting the Future of Textile Research and Innovation in Europe” presented results of recent French and German foresight studies on the future of the textile innovation in Europe and global growth markets for the next 10-20 years, the latest status of preparation of the EU’s HORIZON 2020 Programme and the progress of the 7 pilot Textile Flagships for Europe.
During the conference's closing session, Euratex, Textranet and Autex, the 3 founder members of the new European Technology Platform association Textile ETP a.i.s.b.l. expressed their objectives and commitment for this new entity. The new membership opportunities and services where explained in detail. The European Commission stressed their commitment to working closely with the European Technology Platforms in the coming years to align the priorities and funding opportunities of HORIZON 2020 with the needs of Europe's industrial research and innovation communities.