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.
Since November 2016, RegioTex supports the Thematic Partnership on Textile Innovation.