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Development of ecological multifilaments with a high added-value factor

R & D PROJECT

28th of May

The use of synthetic fibres is now widespread. However, the shortage of the main raw material, oil, and the levels of pollution generated during the production process pose a major problem. The SPUNTEX project aims to develop sustainable fabrics from multifilaments derived from polyesters, and with various functionalities incorporated such as anti-odour and flame-retardant capability, and UV protection.

Synthetic fibres are the most popular worldwide fibre type, and Polyester (PET) is the leader with a 70% market share. In the near future, this high demand will become PET’s major drawback as raw materials become scarcer coupled to the environmental concerns posed by high CO2 emissions created by the manufacturing process.

AITEX has detected sufficient need to propose this project to develop new multifilaments from sustainable polyesters, such as recycling from bottles (rPET) or partially biobased (bioPET), which will include innovative features such as anti-odour and fireproof functionality, traceability or UV protection.

The general objective of the project is to develop new multifilaments from sustainable polyesters, such as recycling from bottles (rPET) or those synthesised from certain biodegradable materials (bioPET).

Additionally, these fibres will incorporate new functionalities such as anti-odour and fireproof capabilities, traceability or UV protection. This will be achieved during the compounding process, as prior to the project, these capabilities could only be additivated into virgin raw material, not recycled or bio materials.

The final goal of the project is to provide new added-value factors for manufacturers in the textile sector of the Valencian Autonomous Region through the implementation and use of new sustainable raw material.

The successful completion of the SPUNTEX project will provide fibre for the following sectors: lingerie, fashion, sportswear, workwear, labels and tapes, the car industry, home textiles, furniture and contract furnishings.

This project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and is co-financed by the ERDF funds of the EU, within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014 -2020. FILE: IMDEEA / 2018/110

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5 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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Bespoke training provided by AITEX

TRAINING

During 2017, 49 companies from the textile, clothing and fashion sector have relied on AITEX to provide BESPOKE courses. This training has been taught either in the applicant’s own facilities itself, in the AITEX facilities, or a mixture of both. 267 students have been trained over a total of 954 training hours.

The specialist areas at which these activities are aimed include technology and textile innovation, quality control and processes, sustainability of textile processes, Textile design, pattern making and confection, maintenance, ICT and legislation and standardisation.

The training activities have been taught by both internal and external experts in each of the topics involved, and were supported by the most up to date teaching materials and media.

Contact person: Carmen Jover, Head Department of Training, Aitex

(cjover@aitex.es )

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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BIOSEA, tecnología innovadora y económica

R+D PROJECT

The core goal of the BIOSEA project is to develop and optimise sustainable, cost-effective methods for the industrial-scale cultivation of 4 selected species of high added-value macro and microalgae for use in the cosmetics, food and animal feed industries.

Europe needs new sustainable, biologically-based raw materials to meet the growing needs of the population and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. In terms of potential market requirements in the EU, the demand for food and fuel is mainly met by imports, supplying 68% of the total protein supply. Aquatic resources and raw materials may represent a solution to these needs. However, the European market for algae is still limited by under-developed production technologies coupled with bio refineries which are not specifically prepared to handle the aquatic biomass.

BIOSEA will contribute to the reduction of European dependence on the importation of raw materials, at the same time as reducing pressure on land resources while opening up new markets and business niches.

The objective of the project is to cultivate on an industrial scale 4 selected species of macro and microalgae for the production and extraction of a minimum of 6 active components (proteins, fatty acids, carbohydrates, carotenoids, lipids and phycobiliproteins) which, due to the origin of the raw material, the methods of extraction, function of the final products and low cost of the materials will result in high added-value cultivated products.

The project will study all the stages involved in obtaining the target active compounds and the validation of their bioactive properties. The processes of separation, extraction and purification of the compounds of interest will be studied to maximise the yield per unit of mass and optimise costs (obtaining a reduction of the production costs up to 55%) with particular attention being paid to achieving a cost-effective scaling up of the process. The role of AITEX within the framework of the BIOSEA project is to perfect the encapsulation the resulting compounds for use in the cosmetics sector.
The duration of the project is 36 months, starting in June 2017 and ending in May 2020.

During the first 9 months of the project, the activities focused on optimising the cultivation of the micro and macroalgae selected. In addition, the cultivated algae were characterised.

The first preservation trials of the algae biomass have been completed, from which important results have been obtained for the development of the project in terms of the transportation and conservation of the raw material necessary for the subsequent stages of the project.

The project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union under contract No. 745622. The project is led by AITEX and has an interdisciplinary consortium composed of 13 research entities and companies from the private sector, from diverse activities such as aquaculture, agriculture, human and animal food, textiles, cosmetics, chemical technology, and macro and microalgae production.

Among the partners in Spain are the National Centre for Food Technology and Safety (CNTA), the Andalusian Aquaculture Technology Centre (CTAQUA), Biopolis SL, Compound Feed Supplements, Dibaq and Soria Natural, who are joined by the participation of VITO and At ~ Sea Technologies-subcontracted companies (Belgium), Tabu (Turkey), IGV and Henkel (Germany) and Van Loon Chemical Innovations and Feyecon (Netherlands).

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26 March, 2018 0 comment
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NEW OEKO -TEX® REGULATIONS FOR 2018

In 2018, the OEKO-TEX® Association endeavours to provide further targeted support on issues relating to consumer protection and sustainability throughout the textile value creation chain.

The existing guidelines of the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio were updated on 02 January. The new regulations come into effect on 01 April 2018 for all certification systems and other services, following a three-month transition period.

To find out more about the new product regulations, view the following Webinar:

Updates to the OEKO-TEX® standards and guidelines are based on the continuous exchange of experiences with industry stakeholders, cooperation in initiatives and monitoring of legal regulations. The work of OEKO-TEX® expert groups thus takes into account current scientific innovations and knowledge as well as latest market developments.

You can find the most important changes regarding the individual OEKO-TEX® products below:

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

Thanks to the comparability of the DETOX TO ZERO MRSL with the valid MRSL for the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification, DETOX TO ZERO can be fully integrated into STeP.

DETOX TO ZERO customers can convert to STeP at any time. The restructuring of the DETOX TO ZERO assessment tool and status report improves usability and clarity. The MRSL valid for DETOX TO ZERO can be viewed in the guidelines at www.oeko-tex.com/detoxtozero

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline and additional alkylphenols (pentyl- and heptylphenol) are now included in the LEATHER STANDARD. For more detailed information on the new inclusions and other changes, see www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative accepts the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® as an indicator of conformity with their MRSL (harmful substance exclusion list for textile production). Upon approval, companies can have their products certified by ECO PASSPORT listed in the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide / and if they wish from now on also in the ZDHC Chemical Gateway.
More information about new incorporations and other changes can be found at www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

The minimum requirements and criteria for awarding the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product label have been updated. Advantages of the new definition are: improved comprehensibility and less time for label attainment: www.oeko-tex.com/madeingreen

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

The newly recorded harmful substances in the STANDARD 100 criteria catalogue are phenol, bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline as well as the additional alkylphenols, pentyl- and heptylphenol. The OEKO-TEX® Association henceforth places the substance quinoline under observation. Amended limit values also apply for short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) and ortho-phenylphenol (OPP). As of 1 April 2018, OEKO-TEX® plans to integrate the testing of organic cotton products for genetically modified organisms (GMO) into STANDARD 100.
More information on the new regulations for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® available at: www.oeko-tex.com/std100-updates-2018.

STeP by OEKO-TEX®

El alcance de las evaluaciones STeP para la encuesta de datos requeridos de la empresa se reduce significativamente condensando el cuestionario. La integración de DETOX TO ZERO permite ahora emitir el certificado SteP y el informe de estado adicional con información sobre DETOX TO ZERO.

About OEKO-TEX®
With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in empowering and enabling consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. OEKO-TEX® provides standardised solutions which optimise customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver high quality, more sustainable products. All of the products within the OEKO-TEX® portfolio are used to strengthen our customers’ systems, processes or products and, ultimately, they help create more sustainable companies. To date, 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in almost 100 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances and millions of consumers around the world look for OEKO-TEX® labels before making buying decisions. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oeko-tex.com/products. 

23 March, 2018 0 comment
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NEW REGULATIONS FOR COSMETICS PRODUCTS IN SPAIN

It has been considered necessary to develop an appropriate European-wide legal instrument for cosmetic products that imposes clear and detailed rules that avoid divergent transpositions by individual Member States. To this end, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/200 of the European Parliament and the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products has been adopted.

 

Below is a summary of the most important aspects of Royal Decree 85/2018, February 23, which regulates cosmetic products.

“The aforementioned Regulation establishes that cosmetic products must be safe under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, and must respect the rules of composition and labelling provided. Each product must be traceable to a responsible person in the European Union and the traceability of each of the cosmetic products in the supply chain must be guaranteed.

To ensure their safety, all commercially available cosmetic products must be manufactured in accordance with the principles of best manufacturing practices, with compliance being monitored by national authorities. The aspects that the European standard leaves to the Member States can be regulated at national level. Therefore, the new Royal Decree is issued which specifies issues such as the competent authorities for the supervision of the market and for the reception and transmission of notifications of serious undesirable effects and serious risks to health, the powers of inspection and the adoption of health protection measures that correspond to these authorities, as well as the procedures to be followed. The procedures for compliance with the administrative cooperation principle are also regulated and the instrument also specifies other issues such as those relating to the language to be used in the labelling and the information sheet supplied with cosmetic products.

In addition, the aforementioned Regulation allows each Member State to regulate the notification by health professionals or by consumers of any serious undesirable effects caused by cosmetic products to the competent national authorities. In the Spanish Cosmetovigilance System, the rules for operation will be dictated in accordance with the functions contemplated in article 35.6 of the Statute of the AEMPS, approved by Royal Decree 1275/2011, of September 16, by which the State Agency “Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products” has been created and its Statute approved.
With respect to cosmetics manufacturers and importers, the Royal Decree also regulates the requirements and conditions that must be met and the procedure for presenting the declaration of responsibility before the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (hereinafter AEMPS), developing section 3 of the third additional provision of the revised text of the Law on guarantees and rational use of medicines and health products, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2015, of July 24.

At a national level, article 40, sections 5 and 6 of Law 14/1986, of April 25, General Health attributes to the General State Administration powers for regulation, authorisation, registration or homologation, as appropriate , of medicines for human and veterinary use and of other health products and articles and of those that, by affecting human beings, may pose a risk to public health, as well as to regulate and authorise the activities of manufacturers and importers of the aforementioned products. Additionally, based on article 40.6 of the aforementioned law, the AEMPS has been issuing authorisations for activities involved in the manufacture and importation of cosmetic products.

The revised text of the Law on Guarantees and Rational Use of Medicines and Medical Devices establishes that the conditions and requirements to be met for the manufacture, importation, clinical research, distribution, commercialisation, dispensation and use of medical devices and the respective administrative procedures will be determined by regulation in accordance with the provisions of European Union regulations. It is further provided that what is established in this section shall also apply, as appropriate, to personal care products and cosmetics.

This same additional provision establishes that the activities of manufacturing and importing cosmetics and personal care products are subject to the system of the declaration of responsibility regulated in article 69 of Law 39/2015, of October 1, of the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations. This declaration of responsibility must be presented to the AEMPS. The presentation of the declaration of responsibility will enable the company to commence activities, without prejudice to subsequent verification by the AEMPS, through documentary verification and, where appropriate, inspection of the elements and circumstances revealed by the interested party in the declaration of responsibility.

Contacte con nosotros

Unidad técnica cosmética: nblanes@aitex.es

22 March, 2018 0 comment
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NEW FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS FABRICATED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TEXTILE AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES

R+D PROJECT

The SMARTCOMP project has as its main objective the development of intelligent textile structures for use in the manufacture of composites with a heat stable matrix: an application of great interest to the decoration, interior design, habitat and other creative industries.

SMARTCOMP focuses on the development of smart textile structures equipped with textronic components for use in the development of multifunctional, heat stable composites.

R+D work in the textile industry has in recent years been looking closely at the applications for composites and the fabrication of high-performance, low-cost textile structures. Smart textiles offer the textile industry numerous possibilities for innovation in terms of new multifunctional properties in the field of composite materials.

The challenge facing the R & D project is in obtaining smart textiles capable of being integrated into the multilayer structure of a composite material that is then formed in the vacuum-assisted resin infusion process. The structures must be made from textiles with an average thermal resistance and which are also compatible with the heat-cured resins conventionally used in this field.

The project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and is co-financed by the ERDF funds of the EU, within the ERDF Operational Program of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014 -2020. FILE: IMDEEA / 2018/116

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21 March, 2018 0 comment
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THE PRESENTATION OF TRADITIONAL COSTUMES BY THE CREATIVEWEAR PROJECT

Presentation of the prototypes developed by the INTERREG MED CREATIVEWEAR project at a workshop organised by AITEX.  

The INTERREG MED CREATIVEWEAR project in which technology and innovation, creativity design and tradition have gone hand in hand to develop new Fallera and Moors and Christians Costumes.

During the morning of the 9th a visit was made to AITEX, where different technologies are used to develop new fabrics and designs. The visit took in the Institute’s experimental wetlaid plant, the polymer extrusion plant, the high-performance embroidery equipment used in the development of smart textiles and the technical finishing laboratory. The Creativewear project consortium has successfully applied these new technologies to traditional clothing.

In the afternoon, the visitors were treated to a fashion show and exhibition of the works carried out with the collaboration of Valencian artists, designers, garment manufacturers and textile companies where prototype Fallera and Moors and Christians costumes developed during the project could be more closely inspected. To create the collection, clean garment-finishing technologies have been used, such as lasers, nanobubbles and ozone, to finish the garments, and the common denominator underlying all of the technologies is their sustainability.

CREATIVEWEAR is a European project whose objective is to revitalise the Textile-Clothing sector through the promotion of creativity, personalised design and artisanal and small-scale production, supported by Mediterranean heritage and culture. CREATIVEWEAR also seeks to promote and support cooperation between creators and the manufacturing sector.

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13 March, 2018 0 comment
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THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY: AN OPTION FOR THE FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH

AITEX, ATEVAL and a representation of companies in the textile sector present the employment opportunities offered by the textile sector.

The Conference for teachers, tutors and counsellors of 3rd and 4th of E.S.O. in schools and institutes of the Valencian Community was held at AITEX to present the employment opportunities that the textile sector offers to young people.
Representatives from the textile sector, Pepe Serna, general secretary of ATEVAL, Jorge Mataix, manager of R. Belda Llorens and Rafael Pascual, president of AITEX, described the current situation of the textile industry to the audience: where it is headed, what jobs are most in demand and what are the most pressing needs in the textile industry.

Marina Sánchez, General Director of Vocational Training and Special Education, Pablo Díaz, professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Fernando Sansaloni, Director of the IES Cotes Baixes talked about the different training options open to young people, at university and in vocational training courses.

The Polytechnic University of Valencia, offers the Master in textile engineering in collaboration with AITEX, with the aim of training professionals capable of providing optimal solutions in the processes of textile engineering. The modern textile industry requires trained people, with the capacity to lead companies and textile research centres to face the challenges posed by new skills, to help to promote the development of new products and increase competitiveness in the renewed textile market. Pablo Díaz presented success stories of students who are now working in leading companies in the textile sector.

The IES Cotes Baixes spoke about the advantages offered by dual vocational training, since it gives companies access to qualified professional operators and employees, and gives students extensive practical experience in the workplace. The IES Cotes Baixes offers training in production and textile finishing.

It is essential that careers guidance counsellors are made aware of the opportunities that the textile sector offers for young people and that the councillor and the parents can guide young students in 3rd and 4th grades of E.S.O. for their future careers and present the textile industry as one with a bright future and which is innovative, attractive and multidisciplinary in nature.

The day was rounded off with a visit to AITEX’s facilities to underline to the attendees the innovative potential offered by the textile sector.

12 March, 2018 0 comment
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