AEI Tèxtils was in Morocco on last March to reinforce the collaborations and synergies with Moroccan stakeholders through FOSTEX project, led by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Terrassa (member of the cluster). The cluster held several bilateral meetings with the two FOSTEX partners in Morocco: University Hassan II and ESITH to reinforce the synergies.
During the stay in Morocco, AEI Tèxtils also participated in the interim conference of FOSTEX with over 100 local attendees with presentations from Ariadna Detrell, Cluster Manager, about the network led by the cluster on smart textiles, CONTEXT, and Josep Casamada, responsible of cluster projects, featuring the innovation methodology and services of the cluster.
In addition, the cluster organized a dedicated agenda for Catalan companies interested in doing business with Morocco, by organizing synergic meetings locally through its partnership with the Cluster of Technical Textiles in Morocco (C2TM) and ESITH. José Fuster, a Catalan distributor of textile equipment specialized in yarn spinning machinery, participated in the mission and visited the trade fair Maroc in Mode in El Jadida and the labs from ESITH for training and industry support.
Internationalization is key area of the cluster strategy addressing two major objectives: increasing the competitiveness of its members with facilitated access to third country markets and the increased visibility of the members at international level thanks to the cluster participation in key events, both in Europe and internationally.
Collaborations undertaken in FOSTEX projects support these activities to reinforce the links with Moroccan stakeholders and facilitating access to market for the cluster members. Next activities of FOSTEX will focus on Jordan market with the participation of the cluster in its final conference.