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

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Monitoring report containing a management report and a progress report prepared by the Lead Region(s) are available here:
Monitoring report covering the period from January to June 2018
Monitoring report covering the period from July to December 2018
Future meetings:
High level group meeting, Spring 2019, Brussels
Future dissemination activities:
STA workshops, Spring 2019
CreativeWear & TCBL final conference, March 2019, Prato, Italy


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.


List of Regions involved



List of projects under development

  1. Textile sustainability (resource-efficiency and circular economy), led by Catalonia,
  2. Industry4.0 and new digital business models, led by Emilia Romagna,
  3. Sector diversification (Technical & smart textiles), led by Norte,
  4. Design- and creativity-based innovation (incl. eco-design), led by Lombardy.



Scoping document (PDF).


Contact details of the Leading Regions


Contact details of JRC


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