Regional competences and infrastructures are the key to Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) innovation in the textile & clothing sector.

The need to engage more intensively in innovation to succeed in the global market and the absence of direct competition between local companies drives an increasingly open and collaborative innovation environment in regional textile and clothing industry clusters across Europe. Companies and their regional support organisations concentrate innovation efforts and resources into knowledge, technology or market domains in which the regional cluster has a particularly strong position compared to competitors elsewhere and where attractive growth opportunities exist. This idea of Smart Specialisation has been adopted by EU Regional Policy with the objective of propagating it across Europe and facilitating it by allocating a significant share of the EU regional and structural funds towards this objective.

There is currently a wide gap between European regions that smartly support their local or regional textile innovation communities and those who hardly recognise their existence. Consequently, there is a huge potential to be unlocked.

Since November 2016 RegioTex supports the Thematic Partnership on Textile Innovation launched as part of the EU Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation.


To enable Textile & Clothing SME’s to invest more in innovation, to become more competitive and create high-value added jobs we need:

  • More and stronger textile innovation clusters across Europe
  • More investment in open textile technology infrastructure (technology centres, pilot plants, design and maker labs)
  • More innovation business support services (coaching, technology scouting, financing, IPR, business start-up & incubation)
  • Better exploitation of Smart Specialisation policies and related structural funds

RegioTex will work towards creating a virtuous circle of stronger regional innovation textile innovation infrastructures, driving better industrial innovation performance, enabling stronger industrial investment, job creation and re-investment into the regional innovation infrastructure.

Regions involved in RegioTex

Formal commitment as active participant:

  • Campania, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy & Piedmont, Italy
  • Catalonia & Valencia, Spain
  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, France
  • Hradec Kralove region, Czech Republic
  • Lodzkie region, Poland
  • Norte, Portugal
  • North-East region, Romania
  • Västra Götaland, Sweden
  • West-Flanders, Belgium

 Formal expression of interest as observer:

  • Puglia & Tuscany, Italy
  • Baden Wurttemberg, Germany

 More regions are welcome!

Events & Activities

Past events & activities

-          May 2017: 2nd Support Group meeting in Brussels

-          December 2016 – April 2017: regional mapping workshops in Valencia, North-East Romania, Norte Portugal, Emilia Romagna, Piemonte, Västra Götaland, Catalonia

-          December 2016: 1st Support Group meeting in Brussels

-          November 2016: Kick-off Event of S3 Platform on Industrial Modernisation, Barcelona

-          October 2016: European Commission event “Attracting investment and upgrading skills in textile leather and footwear industries: Good Practices in European Regions”, Brussels Read more 

-          June 2016: Formal invitations to regions to join RegioTex

-          April 2016: Public launch conference, Brussels Read more

-          March 2016: Stakeholders workshop

-          December 2015: 1st explorative meeting

-          July 2015: call for expression of interest

 Upcoming actions:

-          June 2017, 1st High Level Group meeting, Brussels

-          From May 2017: Cross-regional matchmaking (companies, researchers, technology providers) to define exact potential & needs of strategic projects

-          From autumn 2017: start of strategic project implementation

-          2018 +:

  • Investment in cross-regional research & development, education & training, new industrial value chain building and pilot investments (via EU and cross-regional projects)
  • Development and transfer of best practices between regions

-          2019: Development of new S3 Policies & Programmes for post 2020 period

Information & Resources

Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation (S3P-IM)

S3P -IM Thematic Area of Textile Innovation