In his address, Lutz Walter provided valuable insights and highlighted the challenges that the industry faces, as well as the opportunities for innovation and sustainable practices.
He was also invited to participate in a panel discussion on the challenges related to the sustainability and circularity in the textile industry. By his side on the panel moderated by Enrico Venturini, Tuscany Fashion Cluster's Manager, sat Monica Ardanuy Raso, Head of the Textile Engineering Section of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Sergi Artigas, Innovation Board Strategic Manager at Leitat, Audra Shallal, Corenvest Vice President Relations Management, Coaching and EBAN Board Member.
The Galactica Final Event dedicated the afternoon to the textile industry, and brought together experts and stakeholders from across the sector to share their experiences and explore innovative solutions for creating a more sustainable future. It also showcased the results and impact of the GALACTICA project, which supported new industrial value chains around innovative textiles and aerospace based on advanced manufacturing.
The GALACTICA project aimed to support textile and aerospace SMEs to innovate with diverse mechanisms including 3M€ financial support through two open calls for proposals, hackathons and travel grants. The project was part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and was coordinated by a consortium of eight European clusters and two innovation agents, including two Textile ETP members, AEI Tèxtils as project coordinator, and ATEVAL.