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Neus Jorda

TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS NEED TRAINED OPERATORS

The collaboration between the IES Cotes Baixes Alcoy, ATEVAL and AITEX, has enabled a completely renewed training programme to be launched that is adapted to the needs of the companies, in which students will combine theoretical studies with business practices from the outset.

The Middle Grade Textile Training Cycle in Manufacture and Ennoblement of Textile Products taught by the IES Cotes Baixes de Alcoy, (unique in the Valencian Community), has created a new model of DUAL FP. Students who study the programme can combine internships with the theoretical knowledge taught in the centre from the first day. In turn, the centre is committed to providing students with the most advanced textile knowledge, from obtaining the raw material to the finished product.

Throughout the Training Cycle, students will alternate 3 days’ work placement with 2 days in the training centre, making a total of 2,000 hours of internships in local textile companies to help them find employment. In addition, the dual-model nature of this innovative training system will allow students to earn an income from the first day of the two courses.

If you are interested in signing up, contact IES Cotes Baixes de Alcoy.

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DUAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Dual Vocational Training relies on greater collaboration and participation from companies in Vocational Training systems, promoting a more active role for the company in the student’s own training process, so employers gain a greater understanding of the training that young people receive. This training is increasingly adapted to the demands of the production sectors and the specific needs of companies. With dual training, the idea is that the company and the vocational training centres strengthen their links, join forces and help prospective employees find work during the training period.

For more information: 

IES Cotes Baixes Alcoy: https://formaciontextilword.wordpress.com/ 

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SUN PROTECTION: ORIGINS, EVOLUTION AND TRENDS

COSMETICS

 9th October 2019

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The need to protect ourselves from the sun and the irreparable damage it causes to our skin is a common topic in the media and skin care articles. According to researchers, Spain is one of the European countries that will suffer the most from the consequences of climate change in the coming years.

Studies indicate that future summers will be hotter and longer, and that winters will be warmer . Good news for the development and sales of sunscreen products that are about to go on the market. Historically, sales of these products are associated with the summer months, but these predictions are expected to alter consumer trends, making sales less seasonal.

The social implications of sunlight

Sunlight has always played a fundamental role in human evolution as the synthesis of vitamin D, essential to bone development, needs sunlight. Although the human body has melanin that acts as a physical and chemical barrier to the harmful effects of UV rays, it does not provide enough protection. Every day more is known about the harmful effects (both visible and invisible), caused by sunlight on the skin yet many people are still ignorant of the dangers of daily exposure to radiation without protection.

Throughout history, having paler skin was a symbol of distinction, separating the upper class from working class, who were tanned from working outdoors under the sun without any protection.

In the early twentieth century, scientific advances revealed the therapeutic benefits of sunlight and many experts began to recommend sunbathing for numerous diseases. Almost overnight, European high society decided that having pale skin was no longer attractive, creating an industry of fashionable cosmetics.

New services

AITEX has incorporated and developed cutting-edge equipment to measure the sun protection factor of solar products both “in vivo” and “in vitro”.

The equipment allows us to carry out multiple high performance SPF (Sun Protection Factor) tests and dermatological studies quickly. The simulators meet the latest spectral irradiation standards: ISO – International Organization for Standardization, FDA – Food and Drug Administration, JCIA – Japan Cosmetic Industry Association and COLIPA – The European Cosmetic and Perfumery Association.

In addition, the systems are fully integrated for a fast, efficient and accurate analysis of the UV transmittance of sunscreens, liquids, lotions, creams, textiles, spray, gels, powders, emulsions, etc.


Article published in the AITEX review nº62:
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SUSTAINABILITY APPLIED TO THE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS IN THE HOME TEXTILE INDUSTRY

R+D PROJECTS

10th September 2019

Carpet.
The need to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly textiles for the home and fashion has encouraged AITEX to focus its research on R+D projects in these two markets.
The Institute is working on the research and development of the following projects:

BULKY

The general objective of the  BULKY project is to enhance and optimise the physical properties (brightness, softness and resilience) of recycled polypropylene, polyamide and polyester multifilaments from renewable bio-based sources (PLA, PBT, PA1010, etc.) for use in Bulk Continuous Filament (BCF) technology in carpet manufacturing.
The successful outcome of this project will enable AITEX to create environmentally friendly filaments with improved mechanical properties of brightness, resilience and softness to replace commercially available PP, PA and acrylic fibres used in BCF.
In addition, the project will develop a range of consumer prototypes, such as components for carpets, outdoor fabrics, automotive fabrics, filtration, etc.


This project is funded by la Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE, and co-funded through the EU’s ERDF within the ERDF programme of Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.

[+] For more information about BULKY

BIOMATTER 2019

The core goal of the BIOMATTER 2019 project is the development of new highly sustainable products for the fashion and home textile industries.

As a result of the research carried out in this project, upholstery prototypes using sustainable imitation leather materials such as purses and belts and prototypes of clothing, non-woven fabrics and laminated solutions with a pleasing, functional finish will be developed.

 

This project is funded by la Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

[+] For more information on the BIOMATTER 2019

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THE INTERREG SUDOE- NABITEX PROJECT INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL TEXTILES

Innovative technical textiles, developed from natural fibre for use in the home.

The core goal of the NABITEX project is to promote the cultivation, transformation and subsequent application of natural fibres from the SUDOE region (South of France, Spain and Portugal). In this respect, the focus has been on the investigation of the process of obtaining plant fibre from species such as hemp, esparto and common cane. Technical applications with a high added-value factor are being studied in the habitat and construction sectors for materials derived from these plant fibres.

Currently, the project is at a very early stage and consists of the development of an exhaustive study into the possibilities of growing hemp and esparto, and extracting the fibre.

 

Any technical and legal requirements have also been identified which may affect developments using these types of fibre.

Work has also begun on improving the fire resistance of textiles and composites derived from hemp and esparto fibre.

More information:  http://nabitex.eu/

Project financiated with (FEDER)

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TANGENTE DE 90 WINS THE AITEX-UPV TEXTILE START UP AWARD
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The jury: President of AITEX, Rafael Pascual, the Vice-rector for Employment and Entrepreneurship of the UPV, José Millet, the Director General of CEEI Valencia and Alcoy, Jesús Casanova, the President of ATEVAL, Càndit Penalba, the Head of the Institutional Department at AITEX, Quico Sempere and the Director of the AITEX-UPV Chair, Pablo Díaz, presented the award to Gemma Figuerola’s Tangente 90 entry.

The award-winning Start Up works in sustainable fashion, making garments and accessories with organic natural materials. The Tangente 90 project focuses on textile innovation, and is committed to the use of sustainable fibres to drive the sustainable fashion industry and promote the regional textile sector, creating synergy between sustainable companies.

The objective of the Start Up Prize is to reward the best textile business idea and to encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the textile sector. The Chair’s award is worth €3,000 initially to develop the business idea and then up to €9,000 in 12 instalments of €750 per month to continue supporting the initiative during the first year. In addition, the winner receives free registration on the online Textile Technology course offered by AITEX and registration on the www.adding.com platform to meet and interact with other textile companies.

Short list selection by the jury composed of top-level members of AITEX, UPV, ATEVAL and CEEI was based on the innovative nature, differentiation and originality of the business idea in the textile sector, its technical, economic, financial and commercial viability, and the project’s potential in terms of development, growth and job creation. The most highly-valued criteria is the level of involvement of the entrepreneur, and their intention to develop and launch the business initiative.

6 initiatives were presented for the first Start Up Award, and included an academic textile platform, mobile footwear, sustainable fashion, functional children’s fashion and a platform for the management of traditional clothing.
During their deliberations, the jury reported that overall, the activities developed by the AITEX-UPV Chair during the 2018-19 academic year have been extremely positive. In addition, they highlighted the positive results of fostering collaboration between different institutions to complement and enhance the future of the textile sector.

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STEP BY OEKO-TEX® FOR LEATHER PRODUCERS – CERTIFICATION FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SUSTAINABLE LEATHER

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

16th of September 2019

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With over 25 years’ experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in certifying manufacturers and products and educating consumers to protect our planet through responsible decisions. OEKO-TEX® provides standardised solutions that optimise manufacturing processes and offer high quality and more sustainable products. All products in the OEKO-TEX® portfolio reinforce customer systems, processes and products and, ultimately, help create more sustainable businesses. To date, 10,000 manufacturers, brands and retailers in almost 100 countries are working with OEKOTEX® to ensure that their products have been screened for potentially harmful substances, and millions of consumers worldwide look for OEKOTEX® labels before making their purchasing decisions.

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

In 2017, OEKO-TEX® launched the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®. The Standard is a worldwide testing and certification system for leather and leather goods at all production levels, and includes crust, finished leather, leather clothes, leather gloves, belts, bags and accessories.
The certification is part of the OEKO-TEX® Association’s products and services portfolio. The most frequent and worrying substances found in leather goods are arylamines, chromium (VI), formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol and cadmium, all of which can be detected and controlled by LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®.

Like STANDARD 100 by OEKOTEX®, the certification is valid for a year, can be extended if the applicant so requests and distinguishes between four kinds of products. The longer a product is in contact with the skin and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the limits that must be met.
• Product class I: Products for babies and children up to 3 years of age (leather garments, leather gloves, etc.)
• Product class II: Products in direct contact with the skin (leather trousers and jackets, leather underwear, etc.)
• Product class III: Products without direct skin contact (lined leather jackets / coats, leather bags, leather belts, etc.)
• Product class IV: Decoration and furniture materials (leather upholstery covers, etc.)

STeP by OEKO-TEX® for leather manufacturers

Today’s consumers demand not only high quality leather and leather textile products, but increasingly require that these products are safe for health, respect the environment and are manufactured using socially responsible production methods. Therefore, OEKO-TEX® has extended the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certificate for leather producers, which certifies that the production of leather is completely sustainable.
The objective of the certification system is that the production processes remain environmentally friendly and promote the improvement of the health and safety of consumers, and the socially responsible working conditions of companies throughout the supply chain. The STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification criteria are regularly updated to certified companies, thus there is a continuous improvement in environmental aspects and social responsibility, which strengthens the economic situation and competitiveness of certified companies.
Requirements and evaluation criteria for the Certificate
STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification requires conformity with the following modules:
STeP by OEKO-TEX® evaluates the conformity of the entire production chain.

TEXTILE MANUFACTURE

• Dry and wet spinning, twisting and processes related to fabrics

• Wovens, non-wovens, non-woven production processes and related processes
• Pre-treatments, dyeing, printing, finishing and processing
• Making up textile articles
• Accessory manufacture (zips, buttons, labels)
• Foam and mattress manufacture
• Textile logistics
• Others (e.g. fibre production)

LEATHER AND HIDE PRODUCTION

• Beamhouse • Leather finishing • Retannage, tanning and greasing • Leather and hide logistics

Steps to obtaining certification
In order to obtain the STeP by OEKO-TEX® the following stages must be passed:

1. REQUEST CERTIFICATION. Complete the application form on the OEKO-TEX® website.
2. ONLINE EVALUATION TOOL. Fill in the online form
3. ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION. Evaluation by the OEKO-TEX® STeP auditing team
4. COMPANY AUDIT. The OEKO-TEX® STeP auditor will verify the data submitted on the evaluation tool.
5. EVALUATION. Corrective actions and OEKO-TEX® STeP auditor support
6. CERTIFICATION AND FINAL REPORT. OEKO-TEX® prepares a detailed final report

STeP by OEKO-TEX® allows a manufacturer to look at their manufacturing conditions in depth along the entire value chain from the viewpoint of sustainability.

The advantages of STeP by OEKO-TEX®

Brands and retailers.
STeP allows companies to search for suppliers worldwide that meet responsibility, environmental and social protection requirements. This means that the entire supply chain has a clear and deep-seated commitment to the STeP values offering clear advantages to the end user.

Textile, leather and hide manufacturers.
The advantages it offers to manufacturers is that it significantly increases the efficiency of their production processes. The certification system helps them position themselves in terms of sustainability and social responsibility while in addition, identifying areas where improvements can be made.
STeP by OEKO-TEX® for leather producers is an independent certification that certifies that the production conditions are sustainable, and contributes to improving corporate image, which in turn allows the company to develop new markets and suppliers.
If you are interested in applying for any type of OEKO-TEX® certificate, contact AITEX, an OEKO-TEX® member Institute.

For more information: www.aitex.es/certificaciones

Si está interesado en solicitar cualquier tipo de certificado OEKO-TEX®, puede contactar con AITEX, Instituto miembro de OEKO-TEX®.
Más información en: www.aitex.es/certificaciones

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SECOND ANNUAL AITEX BUSINESS AWARDS 2019



AITEX has launched the second Annual Business Awards. The aim of the awards is to promote, reward and publicise the best projects and initiatives from Spanish textile manufacturers.

Innovation and sustainability have become key factors in the transformation and growth of textile companies, and are fundamental to success in today’s open, global and highly competitive marketplace. Textile companies have remained at the forefront of market demands through innovation, development and improvement of processes, products and services in the textile value chain: innovations in spinning, technical textiles, new materials the use of nanotechnology and new applications for textiles.

In recognition of the work of textile companies, AITEX has launched the second Business Awards 2019, with two categories.

AITEX AWARD FOR INNOVATION
AITEX AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The award for innovation is given to a company that has developed an innovative new product, process or service.

The award for sustainability is given to a company that has made an outstanding contribution to eco-efficient management, product or process which actively contributes to sustainable development and environmental protection.

AWARDS

A jury of leading textile industrialists, businesspersons and leaders from organisations will evaluate the projects for their value, overall quality, innovation socio-economic and environmental impact and the results achieved.
In each category there is a first prize of 10.000€, and a second prize of 5.000 €.

PARTICIPANTS

Any Spanish textile company is eligible for the AITEX Business Awards.

DEADLINE

Entries can be submitted between 08/07/19 and 16/12/19 (inclusive)
AITEX AT HOME TEXTILES PREMIUM IN MADRID
Details are being finalised for the fifth Home Textiles Premium fair, which will be held between the 11th and 13th of September in Madrid’s Caja Mágica. More than 200 firms will attend, with AITEX among them on stand 37, Hall 1.

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Participation in the European “COSTUME” Project

Anticipating the industry’s needs for technical skills and promoting cooperation between industry and professional training is considered one of the critical spheres of activity to be undertaken in the coming years. With regard to the fashion sector, this cooperation will ensure that the industry remains competitive, and is driven by growth and employment.

The CosTUmE project, in which AITEX participates, aims to create an attractive new qualification in the profile of garment technician with EU recognition (PT, ES, RO), taking into account the background, and in line with the European Skills Agenda. The aim is to strengthen vocational training qualifications (VTQ), by providing the necessary skills for the textile and clothing industry, including technical and home textiles, sustainability, the introduction of new materials and industry 4.0. It also aims to facilitate the mobility and employability of the target group in Europe.

The project’s objectives focus on:

  • Employers in the textile and clothing industry
  • Vocational training centres
  • Social associations and textile and clothing associations
  • National vocational training regulators
  • Sector agents
  • VT Professionals

To achieve this objective, the CosTUmE project will develop:
1. A route map of qualifications and good practices in work-based learning for the textile and clothing sector.
2. Definition of the profile and qualification of the clothing and fashion technician
3. ECVET matrix that defines educational levels in the European Qualifications Framework
4. Tutorial guide for mobility in Europe
5. Teacher training for the profile and qualification in clothing technician

The project aims to address the imbalance in existing skills between the supply of skilled employees and the demand of the textile and clothing sector, while increasing the interest among young people to enrol in technical courses and at the same time to motivate employees to update their knowledge and skills base. The overall objective is to promote internal support mechanisms for workers who wish to update their qualifications, while promoting European mobility and applying this new academic profile for validation and recognition in Romania, Spain and Portugal.

The CosTUmE project is led by CITEVE and involves other institutions, technological centres and European textile organisations such as MODATEX, ATP, INOVA +, AITEX, ASECOM, INCDTP and ASTRICONE.

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THE AITEX CHALLENGE 2019 AWARDS CEREMONY FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS.
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154 students participated in the first AITEX CHALLENGE 2019, presenting 47 projects in response to the challenge presented by AITEX entitled “How can we improve the experience of athletes by incorporating technology in textiles?”

The purpose of the competition is to recognise the most innovative ideas related to sport and textile technology. Students presented new products and / or functionalities in textile products.
154 students from training centres in Alcoy, Banyeres de Mariola, Canals, Cocentaina, Muro de Alcoy, Ontinyent and Valencia participated. The students’ projects included t-shirts with heart rate control, smart swimming caps, shoe insoles with smart sensors, heated sports leggings and boxing gloves with speed sensors, among others. The winners were:

1st Prize
Training Centre: San José de Calasanz (Valencia)
Project title: Compression and heated leggings using electroactive and resistive polymers.
Team members:
• Ana Navarro Hernández
• Alejandra Moreno Rey
• Clara García Agost

2nd Prize
Training Centre: San Roque School (Alcoy)
Project title: Step by AITEX
Team members:
• Adela Fuentes Gadea
• Isabel Valor Romá

3rd Prize
Training Centre: IES Cotes Baixes (Alcoy)
Project title: Horn
Team members: Step by AITEX
• Teo Senabre Rodríguez
• Laia Andrés Vayá
• Carla Dominguez Bayón

The projects were judged according to the quality of the submitted proposal, resolution of the proposed problem, innovative and technological design and the viability of the proposal presented. The jury was composed of AITEX’s R & D professionals in smart textiles and ICT solutions, technical finishes, health and sports, and comfort.

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HOME TEXTILES AWARDS
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The AITEX-UPV Chair hosted the presentation and delivery of the Third Home Textile Awards on June 14th. Two categories were awarded; one for printing and the other for Jacquard. The awards ceremony was attended by José Luis Cueto Lominchar, vice-rector of students, culture and sport of the UPV, Juan Ignacio Torregrosa, director of the Campus of Alcoy of the UPV and Rafael Pascual, president of AITEX. All present praised the quality and the high number of entries in both categories.

The jury was made up of representatives from the private sector: Francisco Jover SA, Orts Payá SL, Viuda from Rafael Gandía S.A, Hilados Muravo SLU, Eduardo Díaz, president of UNIFAM, Ramón Sabater, of Feria Valencia and Humberto Martínez, director of the Textil Express magazine. The projects were judged for originality, creativity, trends, technical quality, design and presentation. The following prizes were awarded:

Printing:
1st prize of €1000 for the UBUNTU project presented by Borja Salido García, a student of Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the UPV.
2nd prize of €500 for the FUNNY FOREST project presented by Laura Díaz, a student of Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the UPV.
3rd prize of €250 for the FIXEA project presented by Saúl Pérez, a student of Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the UPV.

Jacquard:
1st prize of €1500 for the MONARCA project presented by Mª Cristina Puchades, student of AITEX’s weaving course.
2nd prize of €1000 to the PINEAPPLE project presented by Mª Cristina Puchades, student of the AITEX’s weaving course.
3rd prize of €500 for the project GIRASOLES ANTHOS presented by Ana Martí Martín, student of AITEX’s weaving course.

The winners will also have the opportunity to present their projects to textile manufacturers at the upcoming international fair Home Textiles Premium, held in the Caja Mágica in Madrid from September 11 to 13. The 31 projects submitted will be exhibited in the Exhibition Hall of the Industrial Circle during June from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The goal of the competition is to reward the best designs and developments of creative fabrics with applications in home textile products, using printing or jacquard technique, in addition to awakening in the young an interest in the textile world and to see textiles as an exciting employment opportunity.

The AITEX Chair is the result of collaboration between the two institutions to carry out activities of a common interest. Its purpose is the promotion and development of activities that contribute to the positioning of the textile sector, both at university level and in society in general. The Chair aims to raise the profile of the textile industry as an attractive, multidisciplinary sector with a bright future.

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