Textile ETP Celebrates 10 years at its Annual Public Conference

On 25-26 March 2015 the 10th annual public conference of the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (Textile ETP) took place in Brussels. Over 150 participants from 20 countries witnessed a very broad overview of key textile technologies which moved from research labs into industrial practice over the last 10 years or which are expected to do so over the next 10 years. It was an impressive demonstration of how innovative, high-tech and diversified the EU textile and clothing sector has become.

Alluding to these developments in his opening address, Paolo Canonico, President of the Technology Platform, stated “Few people would have predicted this incredible transformation of our sector back in 2004, the year when the Textile ETP was launched and incidentally also the year when the last textile import quotas were phased out. While it is true that we lost many companies and industry jobs in the following 5-year period, the companies that have successfully navigated this phase are more competitive and resilient than before. While holding on to the majority of its turnover, the industry has increased its productivity by almost 50 % and extra-EU exports have risen by one third to over €42 billion during the last 10 years.”

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10th annual ETP conference - 25-26 March 2015, Brussels - over 150 participants - registration closed

On 25-26 March 2015, the 10th anniversary edition of our annual public conferences will take place in Brussels. The theme of this year’s event is “Textile Research and Innovation in Europe – from 2005 to 2025”. 

Covering a broad spectrum from new textile materials, to advanced manufacturing technologies as well as digitalisation and new business models, 30 high-level speakers from industry, research and EU policy will

  • showcase industry-ready results of ground-breaking textile research undertaken in the last 10 years
  •  give an outlook on major industry innovation and technology trends expected to reshape the textile and clothing industry over the next 10 years
  • present strategies and policies which will help the EU textile and fashion sector to assert its leadership position in the global market

Apart from these presentations, the conference will again serve as an excellent place to meet textile researchers and innovators from all across Europe, to speak face-to-face with policy makers and funding programme managers and to look at results and activities of our supporting projects and organisations.

Download here the detailed programme.

Conference supporters:

3D LightTrans Project    At~Sea Project     Centexbel      InnoZug Initiative          SET Project    Smart@Fire Project

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European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing in the spotlight at ITMA 2015 Research and Education Pavilion

The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (Textile ETP) will be in the spotlight at ITMA 2015, the world’s most established textile and garment technology exhibition. Its key projects will be showcased at the exhibition’s Research and Education Pavilion (R&E Pavilion).

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6th ETTMa Call Launched - Submission deadline 15 January 2015

The European Textile Technology Platform has launched the 6th call of the European Textile Technology Marketplace (ETTMa). This service helps to more easily, quickly and cost-effectively connect European companies which look for innovative textile technologies with researchers from across Europe which look for industrial evaluation and exploitation of their research results and technology prototypes. The ETTMa service works as an Open Innovation platform. The ETTMa service is free of charge and is available to all textile & clothing companies and related research and technology providers based in Europe.

Download below all necessary documentation:

- A presentation which explains how ETTMa works, highlights some best practises and provides the full timeline for this call.

- A reply form for technology searches from companies

- A reply form for technology offers from research organisations

The deadline for submitting technology searches or technology offers is Thusday 15 Janury 2015.


3rd PPE Lead Market Conference - 18-19 November 2014, Brussels - 200 participants from 23 countries

The event followed in the tradition of the 2 preceding successful editions in 2008 and 2011 and provided a 360° view on all major aspects driving innovation in the Personal Protective Equipment sector in Europe. It brought together thought leaders from all stages of the PPE value chain including procurers and end users from across Europe. The event was co-organised by all major trade federations of the PPE value chain in Europe and the European network of public procurers of PPE. It represented an excellent networking opportunity with a less commercial focus than a trade fair and a less technical scope than a scientific conference.

Conference programme

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