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.

29 June, 2018 0 comment
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Business Seminar: Industry 4.0 (II)

Industry 4.0 (II)

Cloud, Cybersecurity and Big Data

The next Business Seminar Industry 4.0 (II) “Cloud, Cybersecurity and Big Data” will take place on June 25, at 15:30 and will include the following presentations:

  • What to expect from BIG-DATA through examples, Miguel Egea (SolidQ)
  • Discover what the cloud can do for you, Edu Tomás (PlainConcepts)
  • Cybersecurity: are we ready? Luis Samblás (Systems and networks analyst at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Alcoy Campus. CEO and CTO of Protect-it)

What to expect from BIG-DATA through examples.

Miguel Egea
Miguel is a technical engineer in computer systems with more than 15 years’ experience in the world of data, working for different private and public sectors. He is recognised by Microsoft as an MVP on platform 14 times since 2002. He holds a Master’s Degree in Big Data and Analytics from the universities of Santiago and Murcia.

Everyone is talking about Big Data: is it a fad or does it have real applications in the daily life of SMEs? During the presentation the technological concepts of big-data will be explained for us mere mortals; its contribution, costs, who needs it and for what and its practical application in industry and its relationship with Industry 4.0. Related aspects, such as the Internet of Things applied to industry will also be addressed. If you are planning to attend, we hope at the end of the presentation that we will have demystified Big Data and that you will have a clearer idea of what it is and how it can help you.

Discover what the cloud can do for you

Edu Tomás
Edu is a developer with more than 18 years’ experience and focuses on business solutions in Microsoft technologies. His experience is in Desktop, Mobile, Web and distributed architecture and he currently specialises in distributed architecture running in containerised & serverless scenarios. He is a regular speaker at events on Microsoft technology.

In this talk we will see what the cloud can offer and how to get the most out of it. We will also address migration strategies and discover when it is better to go to the cloud or stay on the ground.

Cybersecurity: are We Ready?

Luis Samblás
With more than 22 years’ experience as a Systems and Networks Analyst at the Alcoi Campus of the UPV, CEO and CTO of Protect-it, a cybersecurity consultancy, Luis has installed systems master plans in SMEs as well as being involved in system technology, servers and networks training. He is a co-founder of “Entradas a tu alcance”, a ticketing system and online services.
Samblás will take us into the world of cybersecurity, through practical demonstrations, analysing the current state of the IT landscape in the business world, covering topics such as security in communications, email and access to computer systems, online stores, online fraud, RGPD and a long list of related topics.
His talk will also address one of the main current problems: Ransomware. Ransomware is present in many cyber-extortion scenarios in hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide, and Luis will perform a practical demonstration of how it works.
The presentation will end with a set of basic guidelines on how to tackle the entire range of cyber threats at ground level.

Admission to the seminar costs €200, but is free to associates of AITEX and ATEVAL.

The seminars aim to bring about knowledge transfer to companies in crossover areas of interest, and to facilitate the implementation of actions and projects to improve competitiveness. AITEX works together with companies and specialised consultants in each of the themes.

30 May, 2018 0 comment
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Javier Goyeneche presents his sustainable and innovative business model for the fashion industry

23rd of May

More than 130 students attended the Seminar on Textile Design in the Circular Economy organised by the AITEX-UPV Chair

“Ecoalf emerged in 2009 from my frustration with the excessive use of the world’s natural resources and the amount of waste produced by the industrialised world.” This is how Javier Goyeneche, founder and president of the sustainable fashion brand ECOALF introduced himself to more than 130 students at the Universitat Politècnica de València – Campus d’Alcoi, at a presentation under the auspices of the AITEX-UPV Chair. 

Goyeneche explained that “the objective is to manufacture fashion products with recycled materials of the same quality, design and technical properties as the best non-recycled products. Proving that it is not necessary to continue abusing the planet’s natural resources indiscriminately” To do this, materials such as fishing nets, plastic bottles, tires, coffee grounds and industrial cotton and wool waste are recycled. 

Goyeneche stressed that “for consistency, we must manufacture in the same place where we extract the waste: it would not make sense to use sustainable materials if we then transfer production to Europe, with all the environmental impact that implies”. The founder of ECOALF went on to explain that he has two clean-up projects in seas and oceans; one in Spain in the Mediterranean Sea, and another on the coast of Thailand, where volunteers collect the waste that accumulates in the sea. 

During the presentation, Goyeneche showed many visual examples to raise awareness of the state of our oceans. 6.4 tons of waste end up in the sea each year, and plastic constitutes almost 90 percent of all that. The ECOALF project helps to clean the oceans and with the extracted waste, sustainable fashion is created with the same quality, design and technical properties as non-recycled products. For example, after a series of cleaning and crushing processes, plastic bottles are turned into plastic pellets which are converted into a polyester polymer that is then spun into a recycled yarn used to develop the sustainable fabrics from which clothing can be made. 

The conference on textile design in the circular economy is an initiative of the AITEX-UPV Chair, whose purpose is the promotion and development of activities that contribute to raising awareness of the textile sector, both at a university level and in society in general. In this sense, the Chair aims to focus attention on the textile industry as an attractive, multi-disciplinary proposition for employment, and one with a very bright future. 

23 May, 2018 0 comment
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Reducing costs and maximising profits


The aim of the seminars is to make know-how available to the industry so manufacturers can understand the key factors involved in reducing an organisation’s costs, while maximising its profits.

The afternoon’s first presentation was by Eduard Calvo, who spoke on the topic of “The DNA of Industrial Champions”. The talk looked at the characteristics of companies who are successful on an industrial level by applying innovation and impeccable management strategies. Eduard gave a series of examples of how large companies must decide which areas of their business need managing efficiently or with efficacy.

Ramón Nomdedeu presented the “Keys to 100% reliable pricing“. Pricing is one of the IT tools which business managers have at their fingertips to optimise profits for every single product the company sells. Nomdedeu explained how pricing became less important as our industry’s market sold with wide profit margins, but how it has bounced back as a crucial tool in the modern market where globalisation has forced companies to become fiercely competitive.

Fernando Hermenegildo closed the day’s presentations with his presentation on “Improvements in Productivity through Lean Management” which underlined that the key is to allow people to improve processes continuously. Lean management is an industrial tool which must be supported by good people management to ensure continuous, day-to-day improvement.
The last two presentations offered a diagnostic service that will be available to AITEX member companies.

For more information on prices and availability, contact Quico Sempere, Head of AITEX’s Institutional Department. (

24 January, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX creates a cosmetics technical unit

The Institute boasts advanced infrastructure, laboratory equipment and experimental research plant with applications in the cosmetics sector.

The cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

The Regional Councillor for Sustainable Economy, Rafael Climent, the Director General of IVACE, Júlia Company, and the Director of AITEX, Vicente Blanes this morning presented in Alcoy the new AITEX Cosmetics Unit “A historic commitment to a dynamic emerging sector crying out for research support”, said Climent.

The unit allows AITEX to offer a complete range of services to the cosmetics and hygiene sector in three key areas: characterisation laboratories, QA and product certification in compliance with international standards; applied research, innovation and development of added-value products and specialised technical training. Of particular note is the Institute’s participation in the Masters in the Cosmetics Industry which the PUV has run for the last few years.

The mission objective of the new unit is to create technological know-how and transfer it to companies within the sector, providing them with consultancy services on the development of new formulations and relevant legislation at home and abroad, in the characterisation of cosmetics products and environmental impact studies, in addition to helping manufacturers become more competitive, create greater levels of internal value and to provide access to new business opportunities.

 The potential to enhance the attraction of the sector

AITEX, with over 30 years’ experience in applied chemistry in textile, health and hygiene has been able to take all of its know-how and potential and steer it towards the needs of the world of cosmetics. The Institute has sophisticated cutting-edge equipment, laboratories and experimental research plant available to the sector.

With the launch of this new facility, AITEX consolidates and expands the value of the capabilities and resources it can make available to the cosmetics sector, allowing companies to increase competitiveness and create new business opportunities.

Cosmetics: a growing sector


The Comunitat Valenciana is Spain’s third-largest cosmetics region after Catalonia and Madrid, with 50 companies, according to data supplied by the National Statistics’ Office latest report.

Alcoy has half a dozen companies who manufacture and distribute cosmetics and hygiene products and the small cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

During the first six months of 2017, exports of cosmetics and perfume from the Comunitat Valenciana reached 279 million euros, 2% of the region’s entire exports.

The constant demand from ever more demanding consumers with more and more specific requirements has promoted the industry to a position of key importance for the creation of wealth, converting it into one of the dynamos for regional industry.

19 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)

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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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Jornada: La personalización de productos de moda a través de nuevos procesos y tecnologías

ropa_tiendaEl  jueves 1 de diciembre tuvo lugar, la Jornada “LA PERSONALIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTOS MODA A TRAVÉS DE NUEVOS PROCESOS Y TECNOLOGÍAS”.


La diversidad de morfotipos hace imposible a la industria de la confección abastecer de manera satisfactoria a toda la población. Por las características intrínsecas del funcionamiento industrial, las prendas que se fabrican contemplan a una tipología de usuario estándar, dejando fuera a una gran población que no encuentra prendas aptas para sus características corporales. Como consecuencia un gran número de personas se ven obligados a llevar prendas que no se adaptan a sus cuerpos, lo que conlleva incomodidad no sólo física sino también en ocasiones incluso afectar a la salud de las personas. Sin embargo, las actuales tendencias del sector se dirigen hacia productos cada vez más personalizados y para ello la empresa necesita conocer y aplicar nuevos procesos y tecnologías que le permitan ofrecer un producto moda personalizado.

Programa de la Jornada:

  • 16:00 – Tendencias del sector: personalización como elemento de valor añadido.
    Por Federico Sainz de Robles. Experto en Innovación Textil, colaborador técnico de AITEX.
  • 16:20 – Tecnologías del patronaje para la customización del producto moda: Made to Measure 3D.
    Por Juan Carlos González. Solution Expert Lectra.
  • 17:15 – Influencia de los materiales textiles, colores y estampados en la adaptación de prendas para cada morfotipo.
    Por Federico Sainz de Robles. Experto en Innovación Textil, colaborador técnico de AITEX.

Lugar de realización:

AITEX U. T. Valencia.

Avda. Benjamín Franklin 14, Parque Tecnológico, Paterna.

Asistencia gratuita.

Inscripción: a través del email

24 November, 2016 0 comment
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Launching of the project LEARNINGTEX

erasmus-logoEl pasado 18 y 19 de octubre de 2016, tuvo lugar la reunión de lanzamiento del proyecto LEARNINGTEX coordinado por AITEX y cofinanciado por el programa Erasmus+ de la Unión Europea. LEARNINGTEX tendrá una duración de 2 años, finalizando en septiembre de 2018 y cuenta con la participación de socios de diferentes países como Portugal, Austria y España.


El consorcio del proyecto está formado por organizaciones de diferente índole, educativas cómo la Universitat Politècnica de València campus d’Alcoi y BEST Institut fur Berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining (centro educativo austriaco de formación profesional); del mundo de la industria textil española como la empresa ANTECUIR y del ámbito de la investigación textil en Portugal y España como CITEVE y AITEX. LEARNINGTEX tiene por objetivo la introducción de metodologías propias de la formación dual, ampliamente implantadas y validadas en Austria y que empiezan a implantarse en otros países como España y Portugal en los que este sistema educativo no es tan común. De esta manera se exportan aquellas buenas prácticas que puedan ser de utilidad a otros países de Europa.

El resultado principal del proyecto será el desarrollo de un MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses), un curso online de acceso masivo y abierto sobre los fundamentos de los tejidos de calada, sus principales defectos y los sistemas avanzados de control de calidad como es la Visión Artificial para poder detectarlos. Este MOOC se enfoca a trabajadores con conocimientos obsoletos y estudiantes recién titulados que deseen ampliar sus conocimientos sobre los tejidos de calada, los principales defectos y su detección mediante el empleo de la visión artificial.

El proyecto LEARNINGTEX (2016-1-ES01-KA202-025640) ha sido financiado con el apoyo de la Comisión Europea. Esta publicación (comunicación) es responsabilidad exclusiva de su autor. La Comisión no es responsable del uso que pueda hacerse de la información aquí difundida.

24 October, 2016 0 comment
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