AEI Tèxtils’ members to start innovative projects enabled by the cluster support


AEI Tèxtils focuses its activity in promoting innovation to increase the competitiveness of its members: Catalan companies in the advanced textile materials’ sector.

During the last 2 years, four members of the cluster have developed strategic innovation projects with grants from highly competitive funding programmes: SME Instrument and INNOWWIDE.

Now, the cluster is glad to announce that four more projects from its members will start in the coming months thanks to SMARTEES 2 and INNOWWIDE programs’ support.

SMARTEES 2 is a European acceleration program dedicated to helping innovative companies digitalise their businesses thanks to flexible and wearable electronics testing, experimentation and manufacturing support.

Within the first call, a total of 10 proposals were selected, being three of them from members of the cluster: C.P. AluartManufacturas Arpe and Polisilk.  Each SME will develop a prototype of a smart textile product, in collaboration with a technology provider.

Furthermore, a project from Hilaturas Arnau was among the 70 projects selected for funding from 600 applications that were presented at the last call of INNOWWIDE programme.

INNOWWIDE facilitates the development of viability assessment projects in order to validate the practical, technological and commercial viability of international, cross-fertilized, innovative businesses solutions along emerging global value chains.

This milestone implies again a new recognition of the innovation capacity of the advanced textile materials’ sector and how can a cluster contribute to the increase of competitiveness of its members.

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AEI Tèxtils has started the TEX-r-HUB project (a hub for recycling textiles for technical use in Catalonia), co-funded by the Waste Agency of Catalonia within the framework of the Promotion of the Circular Economy program. The aim of the project is to develop a sectoral study to promote the circular economy in the advanced textile materials sector in Catalonia, connecting companies in the ecosystem to facilitate the circularity of the sector.

The project aims to generate a circularity boost for the sector, mainly composed of SMEs, as new opportunities will be seeded for them to contribute to the reduction of environmental impact. The existence of a sectoral hub focused on textile recycling allows companies to manage their surplus more efficiently, to share knowledge, etc.

The first sept will be the development of a database of companies and stakeholders involved in the recycling value chain of advanced textile materials, identifying their technical recycling capabilities and their existing challenges for scaleup and growth.

Then, the cluster will invite the stakeholders to a series of co-creation sessions in order to develop a long-term strategy and workplan to scale the network into a recycling hub. The result will be a technical and economic feasibility study of the solutions proposed by the hub in Catalonia.

AEI Tèxtils has previously implemented several projects related circular economy, co-funded by previous calls from the same program of the Catalan Waste Agency.

TEX-r-HUB is the next step in the green transition with a clear sectoral orientation in developing a tool for companies to facilitate recycling.

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