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Second BIOSEA project meeting


The second BIOSEA project meeting was held at VLCI’s facilities in Amsterdam between the 24th and 25th of October 2018.


The objective of the project is the development and improvement of profitable and sustainable methods for the industrial scale cultivation of selected species of macro and microalgae for the production and extraction of a minimum of 6 active components with a high added-value factor, to be used in industries such as cosmetics, food and animal feed.

It is expected that BIOSEA will contribute to the reduction of European dependence on the importation of raw materials, while reducing pressure on land resources and opening new niche markets and businesses.
Due to the research-based nature of the project, a strain of algae has been added to the project’s list of working biomasses, so the starting point of the BIOSEA process is summarised as follows:

micro_macro algas

The following results have been obtained so far:

  • The optimisation of the cultivation process for the selected micro and macroalgae.
  • The extraction of active compounds: optimisation of the extraction process and the isolation of proteic, lipid and sugars fractions.
  • The evaluation of the practical viability of the proteins in food and cosmetic applications, lipids that provide additional functionalities to cosmetic formulations and sugars in cosmetic applications.

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union under contract No. 745622.

29 October, 2018 0 comment
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The development of Smart Textiles with integrated sensors and actuators for upholstery, interior decoration and contract furnishings


Research in home automation focuses on improving the quality of life of users via the integration of various technologies. E-BRODER will develop smart textiles with high added-value factors using embroidery technology for home automation applications to sensorise environmental parameters, detect user gestures and provide power wirelessly, through textile articles.

There are now several wearable electronic systems available that enable functions to be developed, but the integration of these types of sensors in textiles, with applications for both the user’s own clothing and to other elements in their surroundings, is at a much lower level of development. The miniaturisation of electronic components and wireless communication allows the design of small, easy-to-hide sensors in textile articles, but as regards their integration into the fabrics themselves, only proof-of-concept work has been carried out. It is not about filling our homes with new devices, but rather that those we already use are smarter and easier to use; to use this intelligence and communication capability to perform daily tasks easier and adapt them more closely to our needs. Home automation must be friendly, easy to use, install and maintain, ubiquitous but discreet and respect our privacy 

The main objective of the E-BRODER project is to carry out research aimed at developing smart textiles with a high added-value factor using embroidery technology for home automation applications intended for use in the following textile sub-sectors: home textiles, upholstery, decoration and contract furnishing.

The e-BRODER project addresses the research and development of smart textiles using embroidery technology for home automation applications, including:

– Decoration fabrics such as curtains with the ability to sensorise environmental parameters in homes and offices.
– Upholstery fabrics that act as a sensor capable of detecting different hand gestures to interact with the home-automation system.
– Upholstery and decorative fabrics that incorporate embroidered induction elements to power the domotic textile articles or to charge a mobile phone.

The resulting prototypes of the project will be provided with a high added-value factor, using a highly-automated process that allows companies working in the sectors of home textiles, decoration, and upholstery and contract furnishings to increase their product portfolio, and therefore become more competitive.

This project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and is co-financed by ERDF funds from the EU, within the ERDF Operational Program of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014 -2020. FILE: IMDEEA / 2018/108

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25 October, 2018 0 comment
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A FIA-approved organisation for the homologation of drivers’ clothing


It is very likely that anyone interested in the world of safety, and in particular safety clothing, often wonders what kind of clothing is worn by Formula 1 drivers: its attributes must include fireproof, antistatic and breathable performance.

It is widely known that the FIA “International Motor

Racing Federation” closely controls everything that surrounds the world of racing, in every country, at every track and within each club. With a classic style of government more akin to a nation state, The FIA, founded in 1904 and based in Paris, began with the main objective of providing governance and safety within the world of motorsports. It brings together 245 national motorsport and sports organisations from 143 countries on all five continents and its member clubs represent millio

ns of motorists and their families.

Within the complex governing framework of the FIA is the Homologation section, which is in charge of approving vehicles, helmets, fuel, etc. as well as all clothing and gloves. This is where AITEX comes into the frame, providing the full depth of its knowledge and experience in the treatment of textiles and the certification and homologation of clothing and gloves for any type of risk: particularly heat and flame, which are those that a Formula 1 racing driver may suffer to a greater degree.

To be part of the FIA, AITEX requested acceptance as a collaborating laboratory to perform technical tests according to FIA regulations for clothing and gloves, since product homologation is always issued by FIA. To this end, after a long process of documentation, regulatory studies and passing all of the FIA’s audits and controls at our facilities, we were awarded an FIA homologation number after the final audit, held on November 17, 2015, the date on which entry into the FIA was recorded.

Technical List No. 21 (available at lists all the organisations accredited by FIA for the homologation of driver’s and mechanic’s clothing including gloves, according to the rules of FIA 8856-2000 Protective Clothing for automobile drivers, 8867-2016 Protective Clothing for mechanics and 8868-2018 Biometric Devices. The list is short, at only 11 organisations, AITEX being one.

Article published in AITEX Review nº60, continue Reading

24 October, 2018 0 comment
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Presentation of the trends handbook 2019-2020 at “Fashion child”

AEI de la Infancia, in collaboration with ASEPRI and the technology institutes AIJU and AITEX have organised an event to take place on the 17th October in Alicante, at which the Trends Handbook 2019-2020, published by the childcare and children’s fashion sectors will be presented.

The Asociación de Empresas Innovadoras de la infancia (AEI de la Infancia) will present its first Children’s Fashion Trends Handbook, which is the result of the PROSPEINFANCIA 4.0 project: – Prospecting trends in children’s products and incorporating them into the manufacturing process using digital technology, which has been supported by the Ministry for Economy, Industry and Competitiveness with the participation of AITEX, ASEPRI, Tutto Piccolo and Paz Rodriguez.

The handbook provides management and product advisers with key data on market trends and innovations that will help them make informed decisions with regards to designing children’s fashion products.

Anyone using the handbook will gain insights into the why’s and wherefores of upcoming trends from a strategic perspective, enabling them to steer their own design projects more efficiently and innovatively.

Research and the analysis of innovations in product design, the sociocultural environment and the behaviour of the market were all crucial for profiling 5 key topics that will affect design trends in the coming seasons.



18 October, 2018 0 comment
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New Plataform: ADDYNG with AITEX

A new platform has been created (, to improve collaboration between our associates, promoting the creation of B2B contact between manufacturers and consultants and among a variety of companies seeking introductions through AITEX to create partnerships for particular projects.

Each associate should register on the platform and then complete their user profile, describe the services they offer and include photographs if they wish.

The platform offers the following services to associates:

Company search:

The platform has a directory showing every company registered, classified by subsector and geographical region. The directory will help members gain visibility, allowing our associates and companies who are external to the platform to make contact and do business. Within the private section, companies will be able to post offers or request services on the advertising noticeboard.

Sector news:

A section offering up to date textile news and news from other areas which may be of direct or indirect interest; publicity editorials reporting on success stories; information on new collaboration projects, grant calls, etc.


Companies can access information on Business Seminars including: registration details, downloads of the presentations, videos and photos. There is also detailed information on the various ad hoc training courses offered by AITEX.

Talent management

ADDYNG.COM also offers a head-hunting service for associates seeking to fill posts locally, nationally and internationally.

26 September, 2018 0 comment
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The last available places on the Universitary Extension Diploma for Textile Applications

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The latest issue of the new university extension diploma offered by the Valencia Polytechnic will begin on the 19th of October.

The extension diploma in textile applications teaches the student about the exciting possibilities offered by textiles in technical markets which are an emerging sector of application. The diploma enables the student to work in the field of textile manufacturing from the perspective of innovation. The knowledge the student gains during the course is designed to aid their efforts as innovators as well as teaching about existing legislation and the requirements of these emerging markets and products.

The highly-specialised teaching staff come from the partners – the Valencia Polytechnic, Alcoy and from AITEX.

The diploma is aimed at:
• Design graduates
• Undergraduates in any discipline
• Students with no formal qualifications but with university access
• Experienced employees in the sector who wish to retrain or update their textile knowledge

The course lasts 300 teaching hours (30 credits).

The diploma course is taught in two blocks: a distance learning component (70% of the teaching hours) and an attended component (30% of the teaching hours) taught at the UPV in Alcoy and AITEX, during the weekdays.

The diploma offers the student the chance of gaining work experience at textile and garment manufacturing companies during the course.

26 September, 2018 0 comment
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Presentation of the LEARNINGTEX Project massive open online course

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Presentation of the LEARNINGTEX Project massive open online course on textile quality control, with participation by AITEX.

Having finalised the creation of the digital content, LEARNINGTEX is now concentrating on validating and finalising the OER (Open Educational Resources) which will form the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on textile quality assurance using advanced technology.

Over the last few months, the OERs have been presented to different audiences and target groups in the countries in the consortium and the partners have had the opportunity to collaborate on the project by evaluating the knowledge they have acquired in the field by getting a first-hand look at the resources we have created.


The OERs were finalised during July and August and uploaded to the MOOC platform, and during September they will be presented to the different target groups.

The first presentation will take place in Alcoy on the Valencia Polytechnic campus, followed by subsequent presentations in the other member countries.



The project has received financing from the European Commission. Publication (communication) is the sole responsibility of the author. The Commission shall not be held responsible for the use to which the information contained herein is put.

26 September, 2018 0 comment
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The services AITEX offers to the Cosmetics Industry

Technical Unit

The cosmetics sector is growing rapidly, in 2016 overall consumption of cosmetics and perfume in Spain grew by 3.25% to reach 6,656 million euros, according to data provided by STANPA, the Spanish National Perfumes and Cosmetics Association. Growth in the sector is an important factor in creating expansion in Spanish industry as a whole.

AITEX has a well-founded background in applied chemistry in the textile industry and is ideally placed to bring this experience, potential and know-how to bear on the cosmetics industry. The Institute is fully equipped with up to date sophisticated laboratory equipment and research plant which is ideal for the cosmetics sector and we have created the new Cosmetics Technical Unit to provide advanced R+D services to the sector.

Perhaps the most relevant of the Institute’s existing research lines is that of investigating the micro and nano encapsulation of active compounds using a variety of different techniques. The aim of these approaches is to stabilise and protect the active compound, preventing or delaying its degradation by trapping the compound within a capsule for controlled release when and where it is needed.

In addition, as regards natural, responsible cosmetics, research is underway into natural pigments obtained from micro and macro algae and other plants for use in haircare products and decorative cosmetics. We are also studying new active compounds from plants and biotechnological processes to meet the demands of the beauty and nutricosmetics sectors such as the need for efficient antioxidants, antimicrobial and regenerative compounds. 

AITEX has modern sophisticated laboratory equipment to perform the characterisation of cosmetics products in general including microbiological, physical and chemical testing and researching a product’s sensorial, stability and biocompatibility profiles.

25 September, 2018 0 comment
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New ultralight modular ballistic protection solution for infantrymen

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AITEX launches its VESTLIFE project, lasting 36 months, to develop a lighter, modular integrated ballistic protection system of clothing incorporating an NBCR (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiation) detection system.

The aim of protective clothing is to protect soldiers against ballistic hazards. The demands placed on the clothing are strict yet contradictory, requiring a combination of optimum protection and comfort. While heavier, denser and more impermeable fabrics enhance protection, they are uncomfortable. This makes the design and development of efficient protective clothing problematic. Finding a balance between physiological loading and protection is vital when creating mission-specific clothing. The requirements of the system, after optimisation, will lead to mission-specific requirements for the sub systems and for the materials used in the clothing. Commercially available ballistic systems have several disadvantages, principally weight, but others include reduced flexibility and poor design for body shape and type, with a focus on protection based solely on kinetic energy hazards or limitations in the use of NBCR agents.

The goal of VESTLIFE is to develop a new lightweight, modular ballistic protection system with integral NBCR detection capability. The clothing will provide a wider range of cover while maintaining comfort as well as lighter ballistic panels, ensuring optimum balance between protection and comfort by adapting the protective surface to mission-specific requirements. The project aims to develop different types of advanced, high-performance armour plating. The system will provide different levels of protection using flexible panels for low and mid-level ballistic threats and rigid panels for high-level threats. Discovering the optimum architecture for the materials covering the body requires a balance to be struck between the degree of comfort experienced and the level of protection provided. The architecture will be designed using specially-developed software which will consider each factor and the results will then be validated.

To achieve this, 9 work packages have been established, 7 of which are technical defining the protection required of the system, develop the modelling and design of the solution, develop new textile structures, polymer and ceramic ballistic protection composite materials, integration of materials and NBCR systems and the validation of the resulting solutions. Crossover actions, such as project management, exploitation and dissemination will be included in the remaining 2 work packages throughout the lifetime of the project.


The project has received funding from the EU’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research through grant agreement No 800876 [VESTLIFE]

25 September, 2018 0 comment
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End-to-end service for companies participating in the Public Tendering Process

Technical Unit

AITEX provides an end-to end service to companies involved in public tendering calls by public bodies for textile procurement nationally and internationally. The Institute, in its role as an approved laboratory, performs QA testing to guarantee that the requirements of each call are met.

Test report reception, tracking and finalising are managed to ensure that deadlines are met for the bidding process and we work closely with our partners providing where necessary, technical support and consultancy on existing legislation.

Public procurement tendering for all types of textiles articles

Examples of the types of clothing involved in the tendering process are those worn by:

  • The armed forces of Spain and other countries (UK, Holland, France, Italy, Poland, Turkey and Portugal, among others)
  • Police forces: national and local police, municipal police, Guardia Civil, traffic police, police forces from Spain’s autonomous regions: Mossos d’Esquadra, Ertzaintza, etc.
  • Civil defence forces: Forestry, the Fire Service, Civil Protection, Autonomous Government, the Prison Service.
  • Large companies who provide services through the tendering process: electricity, water and gas suppliers, the petrochemical industry, telecom, the postal service.

Services we offer

The services provided by the Technical Unit are on the one hand, textile test reports: yarns, fabrics and accessories and on the other, finished apparel test reports: both for their qualities as defined in the Technical Data Sheets and their performance to ageing and washing processes (these last are tested after washing to determine whether they have deteriorated in any way). We also issue EC type certificates when required by the tender.

Type of client 

We provide services to two broad types of clients:

  • Public Administration.
  • Bidders for open tenders: companies in the sector or temporary joint ventures who are bidding together.

Clients normally visit our facilities to oversee the tests “in situ” with the samples, to gain a better understanding of the article’s performance.

We work with Public Administration and companies who have won tenders as each delivery of the successful article must have first passed the QA tests required by the tender. Both parties must be present during the tests.

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