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.

4 July, 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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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

5 June, 2018 0 comment
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Development of ecological multifilaments with a high added-value factor


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

IVACE GV 2018-FEDER-CS-color
5 June, 2018 0 comment
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BIOSEA, tecnología innovadora y económica


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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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

IVACE GV 2018-FEDER-CS-color
21 March, 2018 0 comment
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In response to the digital revolution taking place in today’s industry, the e-MANIQUÍ project is focusing on the incorporation of more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective processes in the garment-making sector of the Valencian Autonomous Community, via the integration of 3D technology. 

Industrial activity in all sectors is undergoing a digital revolution and the textile and garment-making industries are no exception. All manufacturers, from large multi-nationals to micro companies are having to adapt to this digital transformation which is affecting how we design, manufacture and even purchase fashion wear.

There is a great range of digital tools available which offer manufacturers huge advantages in terms of contributing to reductions in costs and lead times. However, integrating these tools into a manufacturing process is something which many companies have yet to undertake. More conventional manufacturing systems are still the preferred method for many SMEs and the need for research into how to efficiently integrate digital tools is slowing down the rate at which they are being taken up.

The broad aim of e-maniquí is to facilitate the incorporation of more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective systems in the garment-making industry of the Valencian Autonomous Community. This will in turn contribute to the evolution of advanced garment-making and fashion 4.0 production techniques.

In this respect, 3D technology used to create virtual prototypes offers huge advantages to manufacturers by improving production processes, the use of resources, inter-departmental communication and how the manufacturer reacts to market realities.

During the development of the project, research has been carried out into how to adapt a range of variables which influence the creation of a virtual simulation to the real needs of the manufacturer depending on designs, fabrics and the demands of their customers. In addition, approaches will be developed to enable companies to adapt these variables as and when the market and fashion evolve. This is a vital facet if fully-viable virtual prototypes are to be achieved and the only way of ensuring that all of the myriad advantages of using 3D simulation are exploited to the full.

The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and is co-funded with the EU’s ERDF within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020. FILE: IMDEEA/2017/16

14 February, 2018 0 comment
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Colour variations during fibre processing is a worrying problem. AITEX’s DTYarns project is researching ways of optimising the processing conditions which will in turn lead to better management of the resources used.  

By developing the project the aim is to undertake a comparative study between the two most commonly-used procedures for yarn texturising: false-twist texturising and TASLAN air texturising. A parallel study will also be performed of “Bulked Continuous Filament” or BCF, using the same methodology.

This will take the form of an in-depth study of the internal structure of the polymer before and after texturising to determine the degree of crystallinity it possesses, and how colour variation is influenced by post processing with the aim of minimising the effect. Seven specific objectives have been identified to ensure the successful outcome of the project:

1. Research into the internal behaviour of the polymer in relation to the processing parameters
2. Optimise the false-twist texturising parameters
3. Optimise the TASLAN texturisation parameters
4. Compare the false-twist and TASLAN texturising processes
5. Eliminate water consumption from the dyeing process. Optimise the bulk-dyeing process
6. Reduce energy consumption
7. Optimise the BCF (Bulked Continuous Filament) processing parameters

The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and is co-funded with the EU’s ERDF within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020. FILE: IMDEEA/2017/67

13 February, 2018 0 comment
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  • IBV and AITEX have been involved in a joint research project for the last two years called INSTINTO, financed by IVACE and FEDER

  • The prototype developed by the two centres was trialled during 2017.

  • Innovative solutions to overcoming the problem of falls and how they impact on

The Institute of Biomechanics (IBV) and the Textile Technology Institute (AITEX) have collaborated for the last two years on the INSTINTO research project to develop a system using wearable sensors in clothing, linked to an ICT platform to monitor the elderly wearer and prevent falls from occurring or protect the wearer in the case of a fall.

Integrating wearable sensors into clothing allows the wearer to be monitored constantly, providing data on a range of functional parameters: step, balance, muscle strength, etc., and carry out real-time evaluation of the wearer’s physical wellbeing.

The system comprises a series of wearable electronic devices which collect biometric data, the communication software between the system and the web platform and page to allow both the wearer and clinical staff to access the data in real time.

The data provided by the sensors are accessible to clinical staff via the web page. The system will also be able to identify if the wearer is at risk of suffering a fall, which is vitally important for the clinical staff as it will enable the design and planning of a preventative response.

The results of the trials have demonstrated the validity of INSTINTO in the prediction of falls and the prototype achieved a predictive performance of between 70 and 75%.

Furthermore, the wearable sensor is capable of an extremely high degree of accuracy in real-time fall detection.
The system developed by INSTINTO integrates wearable sensors into textile articles such as t-shirts, trousers and belts capable of recording biometric data of the elderly wearer and detect if they are in an at-risk situation of suffering a fall.

Preventing falls


When an elderly person has a fall the long-term effect is often a loss of Independence which in turn reduces their quality of life and social integration. This contributes considerably to higher mortality rates. One in three elderly people suffer a fall at least once a year, and this increases for the over-80’s and is one of the main factors affecting the elderly and the second most prevalent cause of accidental death around the world.

Falls affect approximately 16.5% of the elderly population in Spain, and the psychological and social consequences of receiving assistance and feeling afraid and insecure affect between 44% and 64 %; in addition, between 9.7% and 19% of falls end up with a stay in hospital.

The Biomechanics Institute (IBV) is a leader in developing innovative technological solutions aimed at the sociological and healthcare management of frailty in Europe using biomechanical monitoring applications to evaluate the need for primary and specialised assistance.

INSTINTO is an excellent example of this work, and one which seeks to develop new technological solutions to minimise the consequences of an elderly person taking a fall.

The project aims to place the Autonomous Region of Valencia firmly at the forefront of products and services to improve frailty risk management to help prevent falls among the elderly.

The project has been funded by IVACE within the framework of grants for technological centres in the Comunitat Valenciana to develop non-profit R+D projects jointly with the private sector in 2017, co-financed by ERDF funds (50%) via the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.
Reference: IMDEEA/2017/75

31 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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