CENTEXBEL is the Belgian Textile and Plastics Competence Centre. The centre, a non-profit organization with around 160 employees, has strong links to the majority of the ca. 800 textile companies in Belgium (of which more than 80% are SME) and the textile related companies (producers of textile chemicals, machinery, etc.). The 3 main activities of Centexbel are research (see below), services and testing. As a collective research centre, Centexbel helps the Belgian textile companies to reinforce their market position by promoting and supporting innovation. The research focus of CTB is on applied research, funded by private contract as well as national and international agencies (e.g. FP7, Eranet). Some well selected subjects for strategic research are followed:(i) textile functionalization, (ii) surface modification, (iii) health & safety issues related to textiles (iv) extrusion and related polymer formulation (incl. biopolymers); (v) 3D textile structures via braiding and knitting; (vi) intelligent textiles. Within this project, the research department Textile Functionalisation & Surface Modification working on coating and finishing is involved. Since more than 15 years Centexbel is performing R&D in the area of textile coating and has built up extensive expertise and knowledge in this area. This includes building up a fully equipped coating platform capable of performing experiments on lab and semi-industrial scale using methods/processes most frequently applied in industry, i.e. direct coating by means of knife-over-air and knife-over-roll or transfer coating, lamination, hot melt coating and plasma coating. Several drying and curing possibilities are available: thermal oven, IR-drying, UV & LED curing. Centexbel has been working on flame retardancy of textiles via extrusion as well as coating to explore the various technologies available (nanoclays, intuminescent systems, halogen free additives,…).
ATEVAL is a private industrial association. It has more than 400 associated textile companies and represents almost 10.500 persons employed. ATEVAL has cooperated with various entities in European projects. It has human resources expert in coordinating European projects, directing the work team for the dissemination and intellectual property rights. ATEVAL activity is divided into several departments: innovation, industry and environment, external promotion, training, labor and tax law. The association provides advice in all these fields. As well as information and training services in various areas covered. ATEVAL is responsible for coordinating the actions of the CIE (Consejo Intertextil Español), carried out under the name of Home Textiles from Spain. To carry out its activities, it maintains a continuous contact and collaboration with other institutions and bodies of different areas such as the Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Valencian Institute of Export (IVEX), the various chambers of commerce of Valencia, the Textile Technology Institute (AITEX), the CEOE, COEPA, CIERVAL, CEV, etc. At European level, it participates in the European Textile Employers Manufacturers. In addition, ATEVAL has signed cooperation agreements with various entities, to increase the supply of services (European projects, processing and administration, environment, new technologies, promotion abroad,…). ATEVAL began its work on projects of European calls in 2004 with the LIFE program. From this experience ATEVAL has participated actively putting forward its proposals to various programs of European calls, including LIFE projects.
PO.IN.TEX is the Innovation Textile Cluster in Piemonte (Italy). Po.in.tex is active since 2009, and has now 100 affiliates of which 89 industries (87% SMEs, 13% Large Enterprises) and 4 Research Organisations.
The coordinator of Po.in.tex is Città Studi, a private non-profit making company founded 25 years ago by the local industrial association in order to increase the scientific and technological development of the Biellese industry.
LEITAT is a Technological Centre specialized in production technologies. LEITAT develops R&D activities in the areas of materials sciences, environment, surface treatments, biotechnologies and renewable energies with deep knowledge and experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors.
The Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) was created in 2007 within the frame of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe.
The IQAC belongs to the Chemical Science and Technology Area, and the main research lines of the Groups involved in the project concerns with textile fibres and fibrous materials, ecological alternatives for textile processing, active principle encapsulation and its application on textiles, and evaluation of its biofunctionality considering the preparation process and efficiency.
Cluster CLUTEX associates the companies and institutions operating in technical textiles fields. Some of its members are focused on textile finishing. In this area lot of chemical substances is used, some of them could be danger for environment. Participation of this project and preparation of substitutions for danger substances could bring for some of our members new market opportunities and it could increase the competitiveness of European textile finishing companies.
Agrupació d’Empreses Innovadores Tèxtils (AEI TÈXTILS) is a non-profit association, which has the aim to join all Catalan companies and organizations related directly or indirectly to the technical textiles sector and which form a specialized productive area with competitive advantages.