Smart Regional Investments in Textile Innovation Smart Regional Investments in Textile Innovation

Description

Today, the textile and clothing industry counts 185,000 companies, mostly SMEs, employing 1.7 million people (6% of EU employment) generating a turnover of EUR 166 billion (3% of EU value added) widely spread across the EU.However, a substantial portion of (mostly lower added value) textiles and clothing consumed in the EU is produced elsewhere in the world, often in Asia, taking advantage of very low labour costs. Disadvantages of this model include long-distance supply chains, poor working conditions in "sweat-shops", and high environmental costs.

The EU textile and clothing industry can reinforce its strategic position as a key sector of the European industrial landscape by responding actively to key social, economic, environmental, technology and policy trends.

Industrial modernisation of the textile and clothing production based in the EU would offer opportunities to address these issues. Advanced manufacturing  technologies offer the possibility to develop production systems which are cleaner, less labour and resource intensive and more circular (where the production and consumption system is designed to cycle resources, reducing waste and dependence upon raw materials).

EU based production would also offset the risks and costs associated with long-distance supply chains and offers the opportunity of short delivery times, thereby providing enhanced possibilities for on-demand and customised production. The integration of ICT and big data analysis in business processes also make it possible to enhance consumer involvement, co-design, personalisation and  servicisation of textile products.

Therefore the mission of the RegioTex initiative is to bring together stakeholders from the textile, clothing and related industries, their research, technology and education providers as well as public authorities and agencies 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 innovation capacities, to facilitate investment in open innovation infrastructures or new technologies by SME’s and to establish effective European  collaboration between regional actors.

Looking at the share of the partner and observer regions in the general employment in the textile and clothing sector, they constitute 28% of employment in the textile industry and 23% in clothing (see the graph below), which makes the partnership an important player in the modernisation of the sector in Europe.

 

Regions involved:

 

List of projects under development

1) Sustainability (resource-efficiency and circular economy)
2) Industry4.0 and new digital business models
3) Sector diversification (Technical & smart textiles)
4) Design- and creativity-based innovation (incl. eco-design)

 

Contact details of the Leading Regions

Rafael Escamilla, Valencia region, Head of European Programme, Email: escamilla_raf@gva.es

Felipe Carrasco, Valencia region, Head of Innovation Department in Regional Textile Association, Email: felipe@ateval.com

 

Contact details of JRC

Email: JRC-S3P-INDUSTRY@ec.europa.eu

News News

Innovative textile partnership - new strategic course and leadership team

The partnership and the organisation behind the partnership, EURATEX is pleased to announce the launch of a new strategic course to strengthen...

S3P - Textile innovation partnership scoping paper

Scoping note defining the mission, vision, target market and sub-themes of collaboration of the partnership has been finalised.

Analytical reports on promising KETs-based products

The reports on promising KETs-based products aimed to provide stakeholders with an analytical base to help strengthen cross-regional cooperation...

Events Events

S3P Textile Innovation partnership - Collaboration lab

A collaboration lab for the S3P - Textile Innovation partnership has been organised to facilitate the identification of priority areas.

S3P - Textile innovation partnership high level group meeting

First high level group meeting of the S3P - Textile innovation partnership

WATIFY Matchmaking Event on Digitalisation in Fashion

Watify is organising a matchmaking event on Digitalisation in Fashion, in the context of R2B - Research to Business 2017 and its Innovation&Match...