More than 30 students of the UPV-Alcoy campus participated in the second edition of the textile design and development competition

The president of AITEX, Rafael Pascual and the Director of the Alcoy Campus of the  Universitat Politècnica de València, Juan Ignacio Torregrosa presented the Awards for the Second Edition of the Home Textile Design and Development Competition organised by the AITEX Chair – UPV.

This morning, the AITEX Chair-UPV presented Prizes of the Second Edition of the Home Textile Design and Development Competition at the Universitat Politècnica de València Alcoy Campus. A highlight of this edition was the participation of 39 engineering, industrial design and product development students.

The jury was made up of  Lucía Jover, of Francisco Jover S.A., José Vicente Ponzoda, manager of Sociedad Textil Lencera S.L. and president of Acetex, Merce Miquel, designer at Interfabrics S.L., Máximo Solaz, director of Feria Home Textil Premium, and Carmen Gisbert, Textiles for Home Magazine, who awarded the following prizes:

First prize of 1,000 Euros went to the team of Miguel Morán and Carmen Coll with their proposal ‘Arrecife’, the second prize valued at €500 went to Julián Campos, for his proposal ‘F. Project and the third prize of €250 went to Patricia Bazaga for her proposal ‘Astrea’. In addition, the winners will present their projects at the next edition of the Home Textiles Premium Fair that takes place from 12 to 14 September in Madrid.

The jury also decided to award a runner-up prize to the project ‘Afrinme’ by Christian Fuentes owing to its outstanding technical quality. Christian will travel with the rest of the winners to present his project at the  Home Textiles Premium Fair.

All the projects submitted to the second edition of the contest will be on display in the Multipurpose Hall of the Carbonell building of the UPV until July 24.

The object of the Competition is twofold: to reward the best designs and developments of a creative home textile fabric and to awaken in university students an interest in the world of textiles and to specialise in the industry.

The AITEX chair, was created as a result of collaboration between the two institutions to carry out activities of general 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 textiles as an attractive sector, with a bright multidisciplinary future.

5 July, 2018 0 comment
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Second open WORTH Project call

R & D

4th july

Almost a hundred innovative proposals will be supported to develop new products with an emphasis on design in the furniture, textile/fashion, footwear, accessories, jewellery and leather/hide sectors.

The WORTH Partnership Project, presents the second call for ideas for the development of innovative products. This EU-backed initiative supports the fashion industry within Europe and the goal of WORTH is to encourage the development of innovative products with an emphasis on design.

The Worth Partnership Project is an initiative of the European Commission through the COSME program that is being put into action by AITEX and is going into its second year supporting 150 consortia during its 4-year duration.

The second call will remain open until October 24, 2018. The WORTH Community is growing rapidly with more than 850 registered members in the WORTH platform, willing to connect and foster transnational collaboration. If you are ready for the challenge, get registered and take part.

The WORTH Partnership Project fosters collaboration between fashion designers, traditional craftsmen and technology-based companies and manufacturing industries in textile/fashion, footwear, leather/hide, furniture, jewellery and accessories. All selected projects will receive the following benefits for their participation:

  • Financial support of €10,000 per project.
  • Custom-built coaching and support programmes covering topics such as market positioning, brand creation and protection of intellectual property rights.
  • Participation in two international events to display their product.
  • Professional relationships and exchange of experiences within the WORTH community.
  • Participation in two networking events.

During its first call, the program received more than 100 innovative proposals involving more than 230 participants from 24 European countries. In its first evaluation phase, 41 finalist projects were selected and invited to the WORTH Weekend to present and defend their proposals before the jury of experts and mentors. The event was attended by almost a hundred participants, representatives of the European Commission, and the consortium responsible for the implementation of the project, led by AITEX. The expectations of the participants were high and in exchange they made professional connections and took part in an exchange of ideas. “This unique experience is priceless” said Sabri Colle from the Bulgarian company Madesign.

The first weekend focused on European creativity, innovation and the fusion of traditional and innovative skills bringing about a significant change in the textile/fashion, footwear, leather, furniture and jewellery industries. Leslie Holden, director of the Amsterdam Fashion School and member of the jury said “We have to reflect new ways of mixing creativity and innovation and express creativity through the lens of other disciplines”.

Anna Athanasopoulou, head of the Tourism and Creative and Emerging Industries Unit of the General Directorate for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said “We are giving great importance to the WORTH Project. Through this initiative and thanks to the European COSME program, we can encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills among fashion designers, traditional and digital artisans and manufacturing industries. Our goal is to help small businesses integrate creativity and innovation into production and provide services that make them more competitive, encouraging growth. ”

The 25 selected consortiums are already underway, covering a broad spectrum of industries in 20 European countries. All the projects presented were of high level and have empowered international consortia to develop European creativity. Now we are ready to welcome new and disruptive ideas. Get involved right now!


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WORTH Partnership Project, is an initiative of the European Union and supports collaboration between SMEs and start-ups, designers, manufacturers and technology companies to create innovative products with an emphasis on design. The initiative is funded by the COSME program and is led by a European consortium with the belief that the creative industries are the pillars of European economic growth.

European Comission

WORTH Partnership Project is funded by the COSME program of the European Union for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises.

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AITEX to participate in the theoretical-practical session at the Anecorm Congress


29th june

The 12th Anecorm Congress will be held from 24 to 26 October in Seville. The motto of the upcoming edition is “Bridging the gap to advanced practices”.  

During the Congress, on October 25, a theoretical-practical session will be run by AITEX, on “Duality of Healthcare Products and Individual Protection Equipment. An update on the regulations regarding patient and professional safety “.

The objective of the session is to raise awareness of the regulations for the correct choice of products in public tenders. Update the applicable technical requirements. Improve the interpretation of labels.

Attendance at the theoretical-practical sessions is only for those attending the Anecorm Congress. Places are limited, and will be awarded by strict order of registration until the end of available places.

AITEX is notified body for certification of Personal Protection Equipment (EPI) No. 0161. Some medical devices are by definition dual products: they protect the patient from infections from the healthcare professional (Health Product) and protect the wearer against chemical and biological risks (category III high risk EPI). AITEX provides a Certification Service, Production QA and labelling evaluation for the certification of dual health products.


29 June, 2018 0 comment
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El The European LEARNINGTEX Project will train workers, the unemployed and students in the use of artificial vision technology


28 junio

Quality control is an important link in the textile value chain. Traditionally, inspection has been carried out by an operator visually and manually, which is ineffective. With the appearance of new technologies, a large part of these tasks can be automated. Specifically, Artificial Vision using high-speed cameras linked to computers to perform inspections automatically to extremely high degrees of accuracy.

AITEX coordinates the European LEARNINGTEX project, which aims to train operators, the unemployed and students in the use of Artificial Vision technology. The course is in a MOOC format, supporting the use of new approaches in learning to help textile employees and other employees broaden their knowledge of QA technologies to enable workers with obsolete knowledge to be integrated into the employment market by learning new technologies of use to their employers.

The  LEARNINGTEX MOOC has created a range of videos on specific themes including the types of defects that can appear during the textile process, the components of an Artificial Vision system, and how to apply Artificial Vision to detect defects. However, the course also offers textile content for those who are less familiar, for example: fibre types, twist, weaving, etc. The MOOC is structured into 4 composite units in different lessons and these in turn are composed of more than 70 videos. The Units in the MOOC are:

  • Unit 1. Introduction to woven fabrics
  • Unit 2. Main defects in woven fabrics
  • Unit 3. Introduction to advanced QA systems: Artificial vision
  • Unit 4. Use of artificial vision for the detection of defects in woven fabrics

Throughout the lessons the student will complete various self-evaluation tests to check their progress. The MOOC is focused on a broad target group, from students and employees to the unemployed, and no prior knowledge is required for the course.


Start date: 01/10/2016

End date: 30/09/2018

Coordinador: AITEX

Partners: ANTECING S.L, BEST Institut fur Berufsbezogene Weiterbildung and Personaltraining, CITEVE – Technological Center das Indústrias Têxtil e do Vestuario de Portugal and Universitat Politécnica de València campus d’Alcoi.


The LEARNINGTEX project (2016-1-ES01-KA202-025640) has been funded by the European Commission. This post is the sole responsibility of its author. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information disseminated here.

29 June, 2018 0 comment
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Seminar: Industry 4.0 an engine for change in textile companies

Industry 4.0 (II)

Cloud, Cybersecurity and Big Data

The second edition of Industry Seminar, Industry 4.0: “Cloud, Cybersecurity and Big Data”, took place in AITEX on June 25. The objective was to bring new technologies and textile companies closer together to demonstrate the advantages of technology to SMEs, enabling them to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors.

The Seminar had more than 40 visitors, and the results of the general assessment questionnaires were positive. Industry 4.0 applied to the textile sector allows us to combine flexibility and efficiency in production, leading to cost reductions, shorter lead times and reductions in raw materials and energy consumption, coupled with less waste for more sustainable processes.

The textile sector faces new challenges from the two-way impact of digitalisation: on the one hand, the consumer is becoming more demanding, while on the other, companies have new technologies at their disposal to respond to this greater demand and be more competitive.

3 speakers from the industry addressed the seminar.

Miguel Egea, technical engineer in computer systems of the company SolidQ showed us the applicability of BIG-DATA in each specific case. He explained what Big-data brings to SMEs, what the costs are and showed its practical application in our industry.

Eduard Tomás of PlainConcepts got us into the cloud, talking about its advantages and limitations, how to get the most out of it and the start-up costs to companies.

And finally, the seminar ended with a presentation by Luis Samblás, Systems and Networks Analyst at the Polytechnic University of Valencia-Campus de Alcoy, CEO and CTO of Protect-it. Luis explained the world of cybersecurity through practical demonstrations, to analyse the current state of information technologies in the business world.

These business seminars form the introduction and first part of an approach that is complemented by a subsequent diagnosis of the company to reveal the true current state of affairs in textile companies with regards to Industry 4.0. The approach is further augmented with training and implementation in the company, where a roadmap for the application of Industry 4.0 is prepared, focusing on the explanation of improvements, capabilities and the design of customised initiatives for the company in question.

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Technology centres request more R+D funding in the congress of representatives

22th june

AITEX attends the Congress of Representatives: “Technology Centres: key agents for innovation and business competitiveness”. During the event, REDIT and FEDIT reported on the impact nationwide of technology centres on business competitiveness and the economy before deputies and representatives of the System for Innovation.

The event was opened by the PSOE Representative, Patricia Blanquer, who welcomed the attendees and applauded this type of event, at which the main agents in Spanish innovation have the opportunity to explain their work and voice their concerns.

The General Director of the Spanish Federation of Technological Centres (FEDIT), Áureo Díaz-Carrasco went on to explain in detail the nature of the technology centres and stressed the importance of Public Administration support for R+D+I budgets, “beyond an annual commitment that leads to great uncertainty”. In this regard, he added that “it is urgent to design multi-year plans that provide stability to technology centres, as key agents in business competitiveness.”

The Director General of REDIT, Cristina Del Campo, described the Valencian model of technology centres, emphasising its work “on the factory floor together with manufacturers” that has turned REDIT “into the first national support network for SMEs”.

In addition, del Campo reported on the work of the Network: “In 2017, REDIT received 97 million euros, of which 64% came from direct billing to companies and 36% from competitive public grants. Of these revenues, 67% came from R & D & I activities”.

During the Conference, the book “Companies that Change the World” was presented, an informative and foresight initiative in which experts from The Technological Institutes of the Valencian Community reflect on the great challenges facing society in the West, such as the aging population, food shortages, hyper-connectivity, new ways of manufacturing, etc. In addition, more than 30 success stories are included from companies that in the context of these major challenges, are striving to improve their products and services through R + D + i.

After the presentation of the book there was a round table including innovative companies , which was moderated by the director of the national journal “Innovadores” Eugenio Mallol. During the session, executives from Oncovision, Acteco, Glent Shoes, Colorker and Tag Ingenieros told of the innovative initiatives they have developed together with the Technological Centres of REDIT.

28 June, 2018 0 comment
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Evaluation and certification of respiratory protection equipment


26th june

One of the most important risks facing an operative is contracting diseases caused by breathing contaminated air, or oxygen deficiency in the atmosphere during their work. As a preventive measure, an employer must provide respiratory protection equipment.

This type of risk, which can cause death or irreversible damage to the employee, classifies the respiratory protection equipment as category III PPE.

In order to select the best respiratory protection equipment for a specific professional activity, whether insulating or filtering equipment, numerous factors must be considered, such as the type and concentration of pollutants, the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere, the duration and effort required of the tasks to be performed, working conditions, etc. Standard EN 529: 2005 on respiratory protection, “Recommendations for selection, use, care and maintenance guidelines”, a programme is described to protect workers from exposure to air-borne pollutants.

Respiratoy protection equipment testing laboratory

Following requests from manufacturers in the sector, AITEX has broadened its scope as a Notified Body to enable us to evaluate the compliance of a range of respiratory protection filtering equipment. The Institute has purchased equipment and commissioned various tests under different standards necessary to certify different respiratory protection equipment.

The harmonised standards for each of the different types of respiratory protection equipment establish a range of tests, as well as applicable mandatory or optional performance requirements.

EU type certification

For a respiratory protection device to be marketed in the European Union, it must comply with the essential health and safety requirements established in Regulation 2016/425, through the following conformity assessment procedure: EU Examination of Type (module B).

Through this procedure the Notified Body will not only evaluate the prototype PPE using the tests according to the harmonised standards; it will also evaluate the technical documentation, the informative brochure that will be provided to the user with the equipment and the labelling. As a result of the EU type examination, the Notified Body will issue an evaluation report and an EU type examination certificate, together with any of the following options:

  • Conformity of type based on the company’s internal QA plus a supervised product QA at random intervals (module C2).
  • Conformity of type based on production process QA (module D).

AITEX has recently been approved and notified to test, evaluate and certify respiratory protection equipment under module B for the corresponding emission of the EU type certificate. It has also been notified for evaluation as category III PPE (module C2); this will require AITEX to carry out product QA at least once a year, and at the latest one year after the date of issue of the certificate, to verify the homogeneity of the production process and the conformity of the PPE with the type described in the EU type examination certificate.

Artículo publicado en AITEX review nº59

28 June, 2018 0 comment
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Textiles labelled with UV STANDARD 801 ensure the protection factor of the product


28th of May

In 2018 the UV STANDARD 801 certification celebrates its 20th anniversary. The certification process establishes the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which is used to specify the sun protection factor of textile materials.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular requirements to which it is subjected during its use.

The sun is life to us, but too much is harmful and ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause lasting damage to the eyes and skin. However, exposure to the sun is vital to the body’s ability to produce vitamin D, vital to bone development. The problem is that babies and young children have little or no protection, and therefore should only enjoy limited exposure to direct sunlight. It takes up to 15 years for the human body to develop full protection against harmful UV rays, but even then, this UV protection is only effective for a limited period of time, which could be only a few minutes depending on the type of skin, when exposed to direct sunlight outdoors.

What protects us from overexposure to UV rays?

When sunbathing, we usually use a sunscreen with UV protection. But even the most powerful of these, known as sunblock, only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50. When you’re in the water or you dry off with a towel, your sunblock loses effectiveness and must be re-applied to ensure long-term protection.

Textiles also provide protection from the sun’s rays and the colour and design of the clothes are important: dark colours provide a higher level of protection than light and the denser the material, the greater the protection it provides against UV rays. In addition, synthetic fibres have a higher UV protection factor than products made from natural fibres.

How can you recognise textiles with UV protection?

The best way is to choose textiles that guarantee a high level of UV protection. Textiles with UV protection provide an extremely effective barrier against UV rays and depending on what they are made from, can provide a UPF of up to 80.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular demands to which it is subjected during its use. For swimsuits and sportswear, this could be, for example, aspects such as stretching and wear during use. In addition, the SPF is also affected during and after textile care. In the case of specific sun protection textiles such as umbrellas and awnings, various climatic conditions of sun, rain and humidity must be considered. As a result of these conditions, the protection time is drastically reduced (or in the worst case is almost completely lost), and this must also be reflected in the indicated UPF rating to avoid putting the user at risk. Accordingly, members of the International Association for Testing for UV-applied Protection recommend measuring the UV protection factor in accordance with UV STANDARD 801.

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AITEX participates in the Round Robin organised by FIFA in Asia


5th of June

AITEX, a FIFA-approved laboratory, participated in a Round Robin held in Asia. 

AITEX, a FIFA-approved laboratory, participated in a Round Robin held in Asia.
On-site testing of an artificial grass pitch is an essential part of the FIFA Quality Program for football turf, in addition to the final quality control before FIFA accredits it as a certified pitch surface. To ensure that these tests are conducted uniformly throughout the world, FIFA only works with approved testing laboratories.
AITEX as an approved testing institute to carry out quality certification of artificial turf on football pitches and the Institute travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Round Robin. During the 4-day event, each technician from the accredited institutes performs two field tests.
This year the Round Robin took place in King’s Park in Kowloon, Hong Kong with a total of 37 applicants and 16 technicians seeking licence renewal were tested and approved by the Round Robin and join the 80 existing approved technicians.

AITEX, as a FIFA-approved laboratory, performs the following field tests:

Tests to determine the reaction of the ball with the surface:
• Vertical bouncing of the ball.
• Ball rolling.

Tests to determine the reaction of the player with the surface:
These tests are of special relevance, and simulate the interaction of the player with the sports surface, determining if the pitch is adequate and safe for the player to use without injury.
• Shock absorption
• Deformation.
• Rotational resistance

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5 June, 2018 0 comment
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The SEACOLORS project receives the BEST LIFE ENVIRONMENT PROJECT AWARD during EU Green Week, the largest environmental event in Europe. EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the 2016 and 2017 LIFE Awards and the nine winners include projects from Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland and Slovakia.

The main objective of the LIFE SEACOLORS project is to obtain natural dyes from a sustainable and renewable source, such as micro and macro algae, and then to use them in the textile industry to replace synthetic dyes.

Algae represent a source of natural dyes for the textile industry, without generating the level of contamination produced by the synthetic dyes in widespread use today, or the disadvantages posed by natural dyes obtained from other plants, which require large areas for cultivation and have a very low pigment content.

The biological characteristics of algae and current cultivation techniques that are being developed around the world, mean that algae are emerging as a potential candidate as a source of dyes. Macro and micro algae are cultivated with different objectives: as food, to purify water or as an energy source, but they can also be used to obtain vitamins, fatty acids, dyes and stabilising agents, among other products with more functional applications.

The starting point for SEACOLORS was the identification and selection of strains of macro and microalgae from which pigments could be extracted and then evaluated for textile applications.

Micro and macroalgae pigments are extracted from the different active compounds, including carotenoids and phycobiliproteins in their molecular structure which produce the colour. The resulting natural and renewable dyes are an alternative to synthetic dyes, and turn the dyeing process into a procedure which is more environmentally friendly and cost effective, particularly with regard to reducing waste water treatment. In addition, the biomass generated during the extraction of dyes can be reused in other activities, such as the production of metabolites (as antioxidants or polysaccharides), for agricultural applications or as ingredients in food and feed for animals (concept of biorefinery).

The project is coordinated by AITEX, with the collaboration of Produção e Comercialização de algas and its derivatives Lda (AlgaPlus), Banco Español de Algas- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University (BEA) and Spanish Association of Biocompanies (ASEBIO)


LIFE SEACOLORS is funded by the European Commission through the LIFE program. File number LIFE 13 ENV / ES / 000445

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