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EU Projects - December 2021

Twice a month, dis­cov­er the lat­est Euro­pean Projects of our members

New marketplace of advanced textiles’ waste to boost the circular economy

Circular.Tèxtils.Cat is a new project with the goal of giving a new life to the waste generated by the advanced textile materials sector in Catalonia by developing new sustainable products and promoting a circular economy. The project is being implemented by AEI Tèxtils and Fundació FITEX, with the financial support of the Waste Agency of Catalonia.

A marketplace of advanced textile materials’ waste will be created and featured online and physically. The main goal is to facilitate the identification of side-products by fashion and textile companies to upcycle them into high added-value products.

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SmartX - Value Chain Workshop in Paris

The SmartX and SmartEEs projects jointly organised a value chain cross-fertilisation workshop in Paris on 29-30 November attended by over 80 participants from all across Europe, hosted by Institut Français de la Mode (IFM). The workshop matched start-up/SME innovators funded by SmartX and SmartEEs with potential business partners/investors active in their respective value chains – health, sports, protection, industrial.

On day 1, the focus was on smart textile solutions for the newborn, children, elderly, and medical and well-being end-markets. 11 SmartX-funded innovators presented their results. On day 2, the themes of sports, protection, and industrial applications were covered and 6 SmartX and 4 SmartEEs funded innovators were presented. The event led to many new connections and plans for follow-up collaborations thanks to its interactive format composed of short pitches combined with speed-dating and general networking sessions.

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Innovation for Smart Textiles for thermal and moisture control

As a partner of the PHOTONITEX project, CETI is contributing to the development of next-generation textiles that are able to react to changing body temperature and moisture conditions. The findings indicate that these multi-self-responsive fibres can transform the textile market, removing the need for sensors, thereby becoming non-embedded and eco-friendly smart textile alternatives as compared to traditional textiles.

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EU-ALLIANCE Open call for Interest

This Call for Expression of Interest has the aim of gathering applications from EU SMEs for participation in international missions organized by the EU-ALLIANCE partnership to the four target countries: Japan, the US, Indonesia, and Canada.

SMEs from the EU-ALLIANCE clusters submitting their surveys will be included in a priority list for the selection of eligible participants to the missions as well as for the financial support covering the traveling expenses.

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AEI Tèxtils hosts GALACTICA in Terrassa

The project GALACTICA, led by AEI Tèxtils, was in Terrassa from November 29th to December 1st.

The cluster welcomed 12 companies coming from across Europe participating in a Learning Expedition. It also hosted the final of the 2nd GALACTICA Hackathon. The 9 finalist teams had 24h to develop an innovative business model of their ideas combining textile, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing. The hackathon distributed 45.000€ in prizes. AEI Tèxtils is supporting its members as a collaborative engine for driving economic recovery, renewal, and resilience-based on innovation. GALACTICA is a key strategy to build and connect SMEs from the cluster with other European companies.

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Competence Centre WIRKsam - Shaping Work with AI

The project WIRKsam is researching innovative forms of work to secure employment, create jobs, and strengthen regional companies. Shaping economic change in the Rhenish textile and coal region together with artificial intelligence is the goal of the WIRKsam competence centre launched at the beginning of November.

Research institutions and companies from the Rhenish textile industry and related sectors work together in the centre of excellence. Research partners are the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen, the Institute for Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics (MASCOR) of FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, headed by ifaa - Institut für angewandte Arbeitswissenschaft e.V. (Institute for Applied Work Science).

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ReCarboSize – Resizing of recycled carbon fibres

The CORNET project ReCarboSize, improved sizings for recycled carbon fibres to optimize adhesion with polymer matrices and to improve processing behaviour for composite manufacturing started on the 1st of October 2021. In the project, the German partners STFI, Leibniz IPF, and FKT are cooperating with the Belgian partner Centexbel.

The main objective of the project is both the development of a concept for sizing of recycled carbon fibres (rCF) and the adaptation of the sizings themselves for selected thermoset (epoxy resin, polyurethane) and thermoplastic (polyamide, polyphenylene sulfide) matrices. The rCFs modified with chemically compatible and process-adapted sizings will be processed into nonwovens, from which, in combination with the matrices, lightweight components with improved mechanical properties compared to unsized rCFs are produced. In addition to the aspect of fibre-matrix interaction, the technological question of sizing application is also considered.

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