Textile analysis and safety tests


Consumers are placing more and more value on the quality of their clothing purchases when deciding whether to buy one product or another. In addition, manufacturers and large purchasers need to know first-hand the quality of the goods they are producing and buying to reduce risks and guarantee the quality of textile articles.  

AITEX offers a global, integrated service to guarantee that tested articles are free of harmful substances and comply with REACH. The Institute also provides a range of physical and mechanical tests designed to prevent customer complaints and returns and improve customer satisfaction with a given product.
AITEX provides high street chains with the following suite of fast-fashion services:

  • International offices to provide a fast turnaround for articles being presented for testing. Samples can be delivered to AITEX SPAIN’s laboratories within 48 hours.
  • Quick turnaround: depending on the methods and work requested by the client, results can be available within 3 to 5 working days.
  • Customised reports for each individual client.
  • The most up-to-date computerised applications:
    • AITEX’s EXTRANET: where all the tests performed on a sample can be accessed and searched by field: model, reference, supplier, etc.
    • A tool to manage the results of the tests performed depending on the indicators defined by the client.
  • Technical assessment to resolve incidences
  • Latest-generation testing equipment
  • Fully-qualified professional technicians


Existing legislation establishes various requirements for textile article composition and type. At AITEX we assess products and advise manufacturers on how to identify the risk factors associated with their products to perform the necessary tests to ensure that the article is free from harmful substances and complies with the laws pertinent to the countries where it will be sold.


Each company has its own needs and specifications to meet, depending on the quality of its garments and fabrics. AITEX advises the client on how to design the physical and mechanical test packs it needs to perform in order to reduce the possibility of customer complaints and returns. These include: how well a garment performs to washing, colour fastness, pilling and abrasion, among others.


Of all the stages of the process involved in getting a product to the market, design is one of the earliest and most decisive in several aspects, and this includes its safety during use.
There is a wide range of legislation designed to ensure the safety of children’s and baby wear:

24 January, 2018 0 comment
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Algae-based dyes; a new alternative for sustainable development in the textile industry


In today’s industrial context, the need to reduce environmental impact, use of resources and contamination is becoming ever more pressing. The idea for GREENCOLOR grew from this pretext: the core goal of the project is to substitute synthetic dyes with high-performance algae-based alternatives which meet all the needs of modern industrial applications.

GREENCOLOR aims to provide an alternative to synthetic and plant-based dyes. Algae-based dyes are an ecological and sustainable alternative for applications in textile dyeing and printing processes while avoiding the drawbacks of synthetic dyes and the typically poorer performance obtained using plant-based dyes.

The goal of GREENCOLOR is to substitute synthetic dyes for algae-based alternatives in order to create more sustainable dyeing and printing processes which produce less socio-economic and environmental impact.

In order to achieve the project’s objectives, the applicability of dyes obtained from the following types of algae have been studied:

  • Microalgae
  • Macroalgae
  • Vegetable

The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through its IVACE programme, and co-funded by the EU’s ERDF within the framework of the ERDF Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  FILE: IMDEEA/2017/37


18 January, 2018 0 comment
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Technological innovations in obtaining new composite materials: 3D printing


The goals of the ESPRINT project are focused on ways of providing the textile industry with added-value factors through the introduction and use of new 3D printing technology including Melt Deposition Technique (MDT) with double extruder, Continuous Fibre Reinforcing (CFR) and Digital Light Processing (DLP) using photosensitive resins.
To fulfil these objectives, work will be completed in a variety of research lines depending on the expected developments:

  • Research and development of new technical monofilaments obtained through the functionalisation of a range of thermoplastic matrices to enhance the mechanical properties of printed components and the processability of the filament during the printing process.
  • Printing materials that have been reinforced with high-performance fibre with enhanced mechanical properties, using the surface functionalisation of continuous and cut filament carbon fibre.
  • The development of new textile products with a high added-value factor which can be processed easily, cheaply and quickly.
    During additive manufacturing, prototypes are constructed layer by layer, using the different constituent materials, to obtain highly-complex 3D structures with optimised dimensions.

The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through its IVACE programme, and co-funded by the EU’s ERDF within the framework of the ERDF Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  FILE: IMDEEA/2017/36

18 January, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX Business Seminars

Cost and Productivity

Reducing costs, maximising profits

On the 22nd of January 2018, AITEX will host the Business Seminar on Costs and Productivity “Reducing Costs, Maximising Profits”. The seminar will be addressed by the following speakers:

  • The DNA of Industrial Champions – Eduardo Calvo (Professor at IESE – Department of Production management, Technology and Operations)
  • Keys for 100% Reliable costing structures – Ramón Nomdedeu (RN Consultores)
  •  Improving Productivity Through Lean Manufacturing – Fernando Hermenegildo (Leansis Productividad).

Eduardo Calvo, will present the European initiative: Industrial Excellence Award, which the IESE has led in Spain for the last decade. Every healthy economy needs a strong, competitive and relevant industrial base. Our business world is constantly talking of ‘digital’, ‘collaborative’, ‘mobile’ and ‘asset light’, but it has never depended as much as it does now, on first-class companies manufacturing high-quality low-cost goods on time. So why aren’t excellent industrial companies as much in the spotlight as Google, Amazon, Facebook or Twitter? Unfortunately, on the one hand certain B2B sectors aren’t as glamorous to the public at large, and on the other, industrial directors are used to keeping a low media profile. And yet the world is (luckily) packed with hidden industrial champions (large and small) who innovate, export, earn and re-invest… and begin again.

Ramón Nomdedeu, with more than 30 years’ experience in pricing and costing studies, will explain the keys to totally reliable costing. Ramón is the Director of RN Consultores, specialists in industrial and financial organisation. RN Consultores carry out cost studies, cost price analysis, time and motion studies and incentive implementation.

Fernando Hermenegildo, is a Partner at Leansis, and will explain how Lean Manufacturing can help improve productivity, both in production and logistics. Leansis aims to help its clients fully achieve all their objectives through useful, profitable and constructive collaboration to ensure that their clients’ needs are met and to introduce an added-value factor to their processes.

After the Seminar, the last two speakers will offer the opportunity of running a company diagnosis. This is designed to enable conference goers to understand better the current situation of their company and identify their objectives and needs, with a view to drawing up a route map. The results will be compiled into a report together with a plan of recommendations for an initial implementation phase. The diagnostic phase will be co-funded through AITEX’s co-payment system and the member company’s contribution.

Seminar attendance costs 200 € but is free to members of AITEX and ATEVAL.


The goal of the seminars is to make companies aware of transversal topics of interest, and facilitate the implementation of actions which will enhance their competitiveness. To this end, AITEX works in close collaboration with companies and specialist consultants in each area of expertise.

Programme of seminars for 2017/2018 and topics (download)

21 December, 2017 0 comment
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The textile industry and electronics applied to the creation of new functional materials


The SMARTCOMP project provides an opportunity to make advances in the field of composite materials by applying smart textile technology. The incorporation of these textile structures reinforces the composite, while improving its thermal properties.

The project focuses on the development of smart textile structures – in other words, the incorporation of textronic elements – to develop multifunctional heat-stable composites.

In recent years, R+D of textiles for use in composites has been studying the creation of textile structures with enhanced mechanical performance and low manufacturing costs. The field of textiles offers a range of exciting possibilities for fabrics with innovative multifunctional properties to enhance composite materials.

The challenge facing this R+D project is the creation of a range of smart textiles which can be integrated into a multi-layer laminated or resin-injected composite structure. This requires the textile component to be both heat-resistant and compatible with the manufacturing processes involved in the composites industry, including the heat-stable resins it typically employs.

The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and co-funded by the EU’s ERDF, within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  FILE: IMDEEA/2017/7

20 December, 2017 0 comment
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New sustainable functional textiles for home textiles and sportswear


The ultimate goal of the FUN2GARMENT project is to develop a range of environmentally-friendly fabrics with technical and functional finishes. The articles will be personalised and stylishly-designed and created to fulfil a wide range of applications within these two fields.

FUN2GARMENT  is an AITEX project whose core goal is to develop and validate new textile finishing processes using laser, ozone and micronisation techniques adapted to use on natural and synthetic home textile fabrics and sportswear to functionalise the resulting technical fabric. The goal is additionally to save water, energy and chemical products when compared to more conventional approaches to textile treatment which use processes such as spray drying, direct dyeing and dip coating. On other types of fabric such as denim, these new techniques give excellent results in terms of sustainability and product customisation but there are as yet, no validated references here in Spain on their development and application on the type of fabrics and final uses considered by FUN2GARMENT.

The expected results from FUN2GARMENT are:

  • New home textile fabrics (mainly upholstery and curtains) with new textures, customised finishes and innovative designs by laser marking.
  • New pre-treatments (preparation) and cleaning abilities for home textiles achieved using ozone treatment.
  • Sports and leisure wear with laser-marked designs, with aesthetic finished achieved by ozone and micronised dye application, or with functional performance (water/oil-repellence, antimicrobial capability, anti-odour and anti-mosquito performance and flame retardance) via micronised finishing.
  • Reductions in water, energy, time and chemical consumption compared to other finishing processes.
  • General functional, safety, comfort and performance levels which are durable and wash-fast, which will permit future development of high-quality, sustainable textile articles.
  •  Evaluate and measure the project’s impact on leisure and home textile manufacturers and finishers, and suppliers of chemicals and machinery to the textile industry, etc.

The functionalities which are expected to be developed using micronisation technology will be achieved using a process which favours reductions in the consumption of water (more than 80%) chemical products (up to 50%), and waste water (more than 90%) compared to more conventional processes.
The aesthetic and design effects achieved using the three processes during the project will include textures, designs and customised colours using laser marking, controlled colour degradation and enhanced rub and wash fastness using ozone treatment, new dyes with over-dye and random yet repeatable effects achieved using micronisation.

 The project is funded by Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and co-funded by the EU’s ERDF, within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  FILE: IMDEEA/2017/34

20 December, 2017 0 comment
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Publication of the list of standards harmonised with the directive on PPE

The European Union has published a new list of standards harmonised with the Directive on PPE’s 89/686/EEC.

The Directive, transposed to RD 1407/1992, together with the application of the various standards quoted in the list of harmonised standards establishes the requirements a PPE must comply with from the design stage through manufacture and sale, in order to safeguard user health and safety.

Communication from the Commission on the application framework for Directive 89/686/EEC of the Committee on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to Personal Protection Equipment.

The list can be viewed in detail at the following link: List of harmonised standards PPE Directive

19 December, 2017 0 comment
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Technical guidelines for EU textile laboratories

The Textile Technology Institute AITEX wishes to inform about a Call for Expression of Interest for laboratories to participate in the Inter-laboratory initiative with the aim of preparing “Technical guidelines for EU textile laboratories” proposed in the framework of the Call for Tenders – Technical Guidelines for EU Textile Laboratories  initiated by the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

28 November, 2017 0 comment
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In order to reduce the risk of a patient suffering an embolism during treatment for a stroke or heart attack, the STENT-NET project proposes a new approach based on the implantation of a bioabsorbable mesh with slow-release capability to safely deliver the correct dose of a post-operative drug.

The overall goal which the project seeks to achieve is the development of a functional prototype stent with a coating of a biodegradable nanofibre mesh which can release post-operative drugs. The successfully developed prototype must possess the following properties:

  • Maintain the mechanical properties of the stent and its re-crossing ability.
  • Slow release of pharmaceuticals to prevent restenosis and thrombosis (anti-proliferative drugs from the limus family).
  • Maintain blood flow through the side vessels which may be covered by the stent.
  • It must be bioabsorbable.
  • Prevent the risk of embolisation.

In order to successfully achieve the project’s objectives, the stent will be developed using electrospinning technology which allows the creation of a polymer nanofibre veil by applying a high electrical current to a precursor polymer solution which can easily be additivated with the proposed limus pharmaceuticals. The ultimate goal is to develop a new stent based on those which are already commercially available and which incorporates a coating of biodegradable nanofibres strong enough to withstand the mechanical requirements, release drugs and prevent the risk of embolisation after implantation.

The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and co-funded by the EU ERDF within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  FILE: IMDEEA/2017/35

23 November, 2017 0 comment
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The aim of the seminars is to transfer knowledge to the private sector which is of interest to a particular industry to enable actions and implementations to be undertaken to improve competitiveness. AITEX works closely with companies and specialist consultants in each of the subjects.

The first business seminar was dedicated to the subject of Industry 4.0. “Strategies and management applications as a base for digital transformation”. Digitalisation is a key opportunity to improve the competitiveness of the textile industry in a marketplace which is becoming increasingly global. The seminar was backed up by the collective experience of important and well-known speakers such as Isabel Aguilera, a consultant on strategy, innovation and operations and President of Google Iberia (2006-2008), Sergio Gordillo, Managing Partner at Improven, Diego Saez, Managing Partner at Mesbook and Ricardo Espinosa of Nunsys.

The presentation by Isabel Aguilera Digitalistion in the SME, a chance to regain competitiveness underlined the fact that technology is advancing at a break-neck pace, placing companies in a difficult situation of instability in which, as she says, “adapting means arriving late”. In the context of this transformation we must be leaders and take the first step in order to reach our clients in different, more exciting ways. That is the only way we will be able to gain a fleeting competitive advantage over our competitors.

In these times of permanent change, success is ever more difficult to maintain and many companies are missing the boat. Sergio Gordillo highlighted the importance of redefining our strategies and coming up with new business models to fit in with the new digital environment: as he said “Companies must identify where they are different from the rest. That is where their excellence lies, that and through cooperation and by bringing in new talent to their teams”.

Diego Saez presented clear solutions to real problems that manufacturers find themselves facing every day: mountains of paperwork, loose Excel spreadsheets, programmes which don’t speak to each other, etc. All this data must be transformed into information and this information into knowledge, before decisions can be made. MES systems allow a factory to be managed in real time, unifying systems and providing objective information to enable cost reductions to be implemented.

In answer to the frequent question: where do I start digitalising my company? Ricardo Espinosa from Nunsys suggests performing an Industry 4.0 diagnosis to identify the current state of the company and what steps it should be taking towards becoming a smart factory. Ricardo spoke of the different layers of IT systems including ERP, CRM and BI software which together form the basis of Industry 4.0.

22 November, 2017 0 comment
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