Submitted by Ariadna Detrell on 03 May 2019

On April 24th and 25th, the annual conference of the European Textile Technology Platform took place in Brussels.

The event was attended by more than 180 professionals in the sector and its focus was "circular, bio-based, digital: The Keys to Europe Textile future".

The conference was structured in an opening plenary session, a closing plenary session and several parallel sessions with the following themes: RESYNTEX– A new Circular Economy Concept of Textiles and Chemicals; ART-Cherie– Digital pathways to raise creative inspiration of EU Fashion Designers of tomorrow; How to move forward from the RESYNTEX; New digital solutions for collaborative business models and supply chains in the textile and fashion; Bio4Self– Technical application cases for fully bio-based man-made textiles fibres and Smart Textiles 2.0- Will the next generation of smart fibres and flexible materials realise the industrial break-through of Smart Textiles?

As in previous editions, AEI Tèxtils was present at the event. On 25th April, in the Smart Textiles 2.0 session, Dr. Ariadna Detrell, Cluster Manager of AEI Tèxtils, presented, together with Bruno Mougin from the French cluster TECHTERA, the network of experts in Advanced textile materials CONTEXT, led by AEI Tèxtils.

CONTEXT was established in October 2018, in the framework of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), the longest running European framework. COST is a unique platform where European researchers can jointly develop their ideas and initiatives across all scientific disciplines through the trans-European networking of nationally funded research.

The main objective of CONTEXT is to join efforts at European level to facilitate the market uptake of new advanced textile materials, reducing the gap between research and industry.

The session was chaired by Mr. Michael Kamm, CEO of the German company Antevorte. Mr. Kamm was elected new president of the Textile ETP at the General Assembly held on the 24th in Brussels, coinciding with the conference.

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