The future of Europe’s textile and clothing industry will be built on its existing strengths (1) creativity in design and product development, (2) innovation in materials and processes, (3) flexibility in production and supply chain management, and (4) quality of products and services.
The Textile ETP is based on three pillars, which at the same time represent the three crucial elements of a long-term vision that will exploit these strengths while at the same time benefiting from general societal and economic trends:
- A move from commodities towards specialty products from high-tech processes along the entire value chain from fibres to final products with highly functional, purpose-targeted properties;
- The establishment and expansion of textile as a material of choice in many sectors and application fields (transport systems, construction, energy & environment markets, protective & medical applications, consumer electronics…);
- A move towards a new industrial era characterised by customisation, personalisation, as well as flexible, on-demand production coupled with intelligent logistics, distribution, and services.