FITEX: GoodFooTex 

New textile fabrics for the preventive treatment of the main foot diseases.

The main objective of the GoodFooTexproject is the development of new smart textiles for cosmetic treatment and prevention of the main foot pathologies. This objective will be achieved by a) the incorporation of new nanoparticles, both in yarn manufacture and in finishing processes; b) using new yarn materials (with biofunctional properties such as: antimicrobial, moisturizing...); c) knitting an appropriate textile structure. The six main foot diseases GoodFooTex is focused on are diabetic foot, dry foot, ischemia/ arterial insufficiency, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), venous insufficiency; athlete's foot (fungus, bad smell, etc…). Read more



CITEVE: Pilot Shop with innovative technologies for innovative IN SHOP experience

Within the scope of the POWER TEXTILES XXI project, during November CITEVE is opening a Living Smart Shop.

The Shop of The Future, developed under a consortium of five organizations (CITEVE, Tetribérica, CCG, CREATIVE SYSTEMS and INESC), shows in a real working environment  different technologies and experience. It will demonstrate all project's outputs:

- Interactive store front display towards client empowerment and attraction
- RFID smart shelf system, displaying customised product information based on the client profile and preferences
- Smart fitting room, integrating a magic mirror and a virtual shopping assistant, allowing product virtual try on and accessing all articles in store
- In-shop Body scanning for product customisation in shop
- Real time sale information and “in store” activities, cross-linked with relevant framing information, displaying business intelligence data within the store and providing relevant information regarding sales campaign, promotions, product sale performance, etc. 



Centrocot at Ecomondo, mediterranean platform for the sustainable growth

18th International Trade Fair of Material and Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development will be held in Rimini (Italy) on 5-8 November.

Centrocot participates in the next edition of Ecomondo, the international fair of sustainable development with a full program of events and exhibitors on the themes: waste treatment, recycling and services, waste collection and transport, soil reclamation, water and air. Among the interventions will be presented the progress of the project Life+ PREFER. Its goal is the experimentation of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach, promoted by the European Commission in several sectors, including textile and clothing. Read more 



CENTEXBEL: InnoQuality searches methods to predict successful innovations 

InnoQuality, a CORNET project, tackles the question of translation the technical development sin the field of interior textiles into a successful innovation. 

The project aims to develop a guideline to determine and/or improve innovation quality, and will also serve as a preliminary stage in the development of a methodology.  Such methodology has not been developed yet, inspite of the existence of different approaches to determine the quality of an innovation. The team hopes to offer a helpful guideline to interior textile companies in two years. Read more


EURATEX: Latest Textile & Clothing Industry Statistics 

With Europe enjoying a brighter economic climate, the T&C industry recorded an expansion of its activity during the first half of 2014. However, the latest data together with weaker consumer and industrial confidence indicators suggests that growth, in the coming months, will be far more modest than seen in the first half of the year…

According to the latest short-term indicators, the EU T&C industry confirmed its revival which was initiated during the course of 2013. However mixed results were performed throughout the industry. The upstream sector (MMF and textiles) performed again better than the clothing sector. Furthermore, thanks to the recovery of the T&C activity (production, turnover, retail sales and exports), the situation of EU employment is gradually improving with a softening in output decline. Full report in EURATEX Statistics n°4, Statistics in Focus n°20