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Applications for new functionalisation and environmental protection technologies in rug manufacturing

R&D PROJECT

7th May 2019

ECOTECNOCARPET
The rug and carpet manufacturing industry is a traditional sector and one in which innovation mostly involves design and texture rather than the use of new materials or processes, which tend to be more concerned with meeting the requirements of certain sectors such as the car industry and construction.

In the textile industry, the functionalisation of fabrics has become a very useful way for companies to remain at the forefront of innovation using a range of technologies to confer new properties on fabrics. The result is that the manufacturer can offer fabrics with added-value factors to stand out from the competition with unique customised products.

The advantages of functionalising textiles have led to developments in more technical and innovative applications in health care and cosmetics, where price is not such an important factor and where it is easier to detect niche markets in almost any textile field. One of the potential beneficiaries of the trend is the rug-making sector.

Environmental protection is becoming ever more important and sustainability, biodegradability and recyclability are factors which the consumer is taking more into account when deciding on their purchase.

The concept of sustainability has evolved from a linear economy through a circular economy model and now embraces the cradle to cradle concept which not only aims at zero waste but also that the product can be used as raw material in other sectors, particularly in rugs and carpets.

The core goal of ECO&TECNO CARPET II is to create functional rugs and carpets which use materials and processes to enhance the recyclability of the product and to undertake research into the revalorisation of the waste created at each stage of manufacture to lengthen its lifecycle and create an added-value factor.

It was designed as a two-year project and for 2019 the goal is to consolidate and optimise the results of the first year and explore new work lines, including the use of printed finishes.

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’s ERDF programme, within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.
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Research projects in high added-value textile solutions for strategic markets

23rd April 2019

AITEX defines its research projects in line with the European Strategic Agenda for Innovation and Research in the Textile and Clothing Industry, Horizon 2025. The Strategic Agenda identifies and describes the most important strategic research lines for the textile industry and the research priorities within the horizon of the next few years to 2025. The Agenda has identified 4 Strategic Innovation Themes which are essential because of their particular impact on the evolution of the textile and clothing industry:

I. New high-performance, functionalised textile materials

II. Advanced manufacturing and digitalisation of the value chain and business models (Industry 4.0)

III. The circular economy and resource efficiency

IV. High added-value solutions for growing strategic markets

AITEX is researching the following lines concerned with high added-value solutions for growing strategic markets:

  • Research into added-value textile solutions for the habitat sector. VALHABITAT

The core objective is to carry out research and analysis and offer consultation and transfer of trends to promote product development in the HABITAT sector.

All the trends we have studied are focused on HABITAT and more specifically on products which are influenced by society: sociocultural and technological factors whose development impacts a particular market.

  • Research of high added-value solutions for cosmetics.  

The main objective of the COSMÉTICA  project is to study and develop high added-value solutions for cosmetics, particularly as regards:

  • Research of new natural ingredients with cosmetic properties
  • Research into the encapsulation of active compounds to enhance their functionality, stability and to enable their release over time.
  • Research into new cosmetic formats to apply active compounds: nanofibre veils to encapsulate and protect delicate active compounds.
  •  Design and manufacture of double-sided nanofibre veils and research into their biological performance for periodontal treatment. DENTALTEX

The motivation behind DENTALTEX was that the morphology and ability to release periodontal drugs and compounds would justify the development of an optimised alternative to the non-additivated membranes currently available.

The project has developed a double-sided bioabsorbable nanofibre veil which can provide specific properties depending on the side used, to treat different areas affected by periodontal disease. One face of the veil is designed to promote alveolar bone regrowth and the other to regenerate periodontal ligament and the radicular cement.

These projects are funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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AITEX participates in the 3rd meeting of the European project VESTLIFE

R&D PROJECT

AITEX participates in the 3rd meeting of the European project VESTLIFE (Ultralight modular bullet proof integral solution for dismounted soldier protection) in Bergamo (Italy), where preliminary results have been presented and the European Defense Agency (EDA) Project Officer, representatives of the Spanish, Portuguese and Finnish Armies as well as the different centers and companies from Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Finland participating in this project coordinated by AITEX have participated.

 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research under grant agreement No PADR FPSS-01-2017- GA 800876”. This publication reflects only the author’s view and the EDA and the EC are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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The 3rd worth project call opens

New opportunities for designers, creative artists, craftspeople, SMEs and technology companies.

After the success of the recently closed second call, new opportunities have opened up in the development of innovative designer products in textile, fashion, footwear, furniture, leather, accessories and jewellery through transnational collaborations.

The third call of the Worth Partnership program is an opportunity for all those who have an innovative idea with an emphasis on design and who are seeking the support they need to see it through to completion.

The second call was a massive achievement for the WORTH community: 183 candidates, 80 shortlisted projects from 27 countries in the European Union and 65 selected.

The Worth Partnership Project is the first hotbed dedicated to design projects, a four-year initiative funded by the EU’s COSME program to promote the development of innovative products in the creative industries through transnational collaboration between designers, traditional and digital crafts and technological and craft manufacturing industries.

Worth Weekend Valencia

The WORTH Weekend Valencia took place in March, bringing together creative artists and experts from across Europe. The setting was the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. The 25 winners of the first WORTH call showed off the progress their products had achieved and shared their experiences with visitors of new ways of creating an innovative design based on transnational collaboration.

The weekend was completed by a series of informative lectures on industry topics, such as “The new generation of biomaterials and their bond with technology and design”, “3D printed fashion”, “Intellectual property rights”, “Positioning and branding: Identity. Narrative and brand content “and” How to be a successful creative entrepreneur”, by leading experts in the world of fashion, design, communication and business.

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Research projects in ICT solutions, advanced manufacturing, digitalisation and customisation

R&D PROJECTS

28th March 2019

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In line with the European Strategic Agenda for Innovation and Research for the Textile and Clothing Industry with Horizon 2025, AITEX defines its research projects according to these strategic approaches. The Strategic Agenda identifies and describes the most important strategic lines of innovation for the textile industry and its corresponding research priorities until 2025. The Agenda has identified 4 Strategic Innovation Lines, which are essential because of their particular impact on the development of the textile and clothing industry:

I. New high-performance and functionalised textile materials.

II. Advanced manufacturing and digitalisation (industry 4.0) of value chains and business models.

III. Circular economy and resource efficiency.

IV. High value-added solutions for growing strategic markets.

With regards to advanced manufacturing and the digitisation of value chains and business models, AITEX has undertaken research in two lines:

  • Research and development of the manufacture of 3D structures using additive manufacturing technology for the creative and health industry sector. 3DTEX

The successful execution of the 3DTEX project is expected to produce the following results:

  • Design and printing of honeycomb structures for use as cores in composites.
  • Development of dental structures with different materials and printing technologies.
  • Characterisation of biocompatibility properties of the resins used.
  • Development of PLA compounds with nanographene and superconducting carbon black for conductive filaments.
  • Development of biodegradable components printed on textile backing.
  • Development of components printed on textile for fashion.
  • Development of printed conductive circuits on textile substrates.

The knowledge generated about 3D printing for new applications with innovative materials and substrates has uses not only in the creative industries and health but also in sports, leisure and the automotive industry, among others, providing the textile and clothing sector of the Valencian Community with innovative products and approaches with numerous applications.

  • Tools and digital environments for advanced manufacturing.  e-MANIQUÍ II

The e-MANIQUÍ II project created a predictive model for the behaviour of textile materials and their relationship in the virtual simulation of ready-made garments.

This predictive model is based on a library of virtual fabrics organised so as to facilitate the use of virtual garment prototyping, achieving a sufficient degree of realism between the physical and virtual results.

The results of the project contribute to the use of tools and digital environments for advanced production in textiles, clothing and fashion 4.0.

These two projects have the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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Re-FREAM Project

R&D PROJECT

Re-Thinking of Fashion in Research and Artist collaborating development for Urban Manufacturing

 


Re-Think Fashion

Especially for fashion, urban manufacturing offers a great opportunity to create an alternative to the criticized production in low-wage countries. This is possible today through new technologies that are currently changing not only the fashion itself, but also the way it is designed and produced.

Re-FREAM will explore, how can digitally-enabled small-scale production/manufacturing systems and networks combined with artistic exploration and creativity in design and process – revive the social, ecological and economic urban space and lead to unexpected products and services in an urban environment.

Re-FREAM invites artists to submit a project proposal to the following research challenges:

  • re-think fashion from analog to connected as future communication
  • re-think fashion from 2D to 3D
  • re-think fashion from linear to sustainable circular systems

Your new concepts will inspire scientists to optimize in a co-creation process urban manufacturing technologies

Are you taking the challenge of re-inventing fashion?
Who?

Re-FREAM is looking for artists and designers to co-create innovate fashion concepts together with researchers with novel production technology by implementing 3D-printing, electronics, in texile and eco-finishing for these innovative fashion pieces.
Artists and Designers from all over the world are welcome to submit their proposals!

When?

Call will be open from 1st March to 30th May, 2019 (3 pm).

More information: www.re-fream.eu

Where?

Re-FREAM offers three Co-Creation spaces where you can co-create your concept  with scientists within a 9-month-period. These hubs will be your co-creation space at least one third of the project duration.

·         Re-think Fashion from linear to sustainable circular systems located in Valencia, Spain.

·         Re-think Fashion from 2D to 3D located in Linz, Austria.

·         Re-think Fashion from analog to connected located in Berlin, Germany.

 Why? Services and benefits

In all 3 Re-Fream co-creation locations you will:

–    have access to a pool of cutting-edge technologies in order to develop an outstanding and innovative concept.

–    benefit from facilitations services such as:

– expert mentoring,

– support in working facilities and spreading the word about your project,

– project coaching & guidance, and

– connections & networks to relevant players within all project locations.

–    be funded with up to max. 55.000 EUR.  20 artists will be funded in 2 Calls to co-create innovative art-concepts with scientists.

 

About the project

Re-FREAM project is financed by the European Commission (H2020-ICT-2018-2020) which aims to support art-driven innovation in European R&I projects by inclusion of artists in research consortia via linked third-parties with strong support from art-related partners, European Institute of Design, creative hubs and facilitators combined with remarkable technology. Research will be initiated by an European wide open call for artists answering specific challenges in “Additive Manufacturing” “Electronic and Textiles” and “Sustainable Finishing of Fashion” and will be explored in 3 identical research hubs providing access to high end technology, material, know how and facilities and interconnected through common research activities.

The project is coordinated by CREARE and the consortium is composed by art-related partners, creative hubs and facilitators combined with remarkable technological centers as AITEX.

More information:

www.re-fream.eu

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Researh projects in circular economies and clean technologies

R&D PROJECTS

19th February 2019

VOLFIL

In line with the European Strategic Agenda for Innovation and Research for the Textile and Clothing Industry through Horizon 2025, AITEX defines its research projects according to these strategic topics. The Strategic Agenda identifies and describes the most important strategic areas of innovation for the textile industry and its corresponding research priorities within the horizon of the next few years, up to 2025. The Agenda has identified four essential Strategic Innovation Areas, for their particular impact on the development of the textile and clothing industry:

I. New high-performance and functionalised textile materials.

II. Advanced manufacturing and digitalisation (industry 4.0) of value chains and business models

III. Circular economy and resource efficiency

IV. High value-added solutions for growing strategic markets

From the point of view of new high-performance and functionalised textile materials, AITEX has ongoing research along two lines:

 

  • Research and development of an economic model based on the revaluation of waste / by-products among the main productive sectors of the Valencian Community, through the CIRCLE Project.

Valencian industry generates different types of waste of varying characteristics causing a serious problem of environmental contamination. To address this, the CIRCLE project focuses on researching waste revaluation solutions in different Valencian industrial sectors to establish a circular economy model.

  • R&D of new monofilaments using advanced high-performance biopolymers. VOLFIL

Through the VOLFIL project, continuous monofilaments will be developed from bio-polymers with inorganic fillers with dual functionality: to increase the mechanical properties of the material and provide skin tissue regenerative properties for use in 3D printing for biomedicine. On the other hand, circular bi-component core / sheath monofilaments and other special geometries with applications in sensorisation will be developed.

 

These two projects have the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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Functional sustainable rugs

R&D PROJECT

The carpet and rug manufacturing sector has always been highly traditional, but its principal innovations are more focused on designs and textures, rather than the waste generated by the industry. AITEX’s ECO & TECNO CARPET project will incorporate new materials and processes that fulfil the principles of sustainability, biodegradability and recyclability, ever more present in the collective conscience.

The carpet and rug sector is a very traditional sector whose main innovations are more concerned with designs and textures rather than the incorporation of new materials or processes, which are only useful to meeting the requirements of certain sectors such as transportation or building.

In the textile sector, functionalising fabrics is a useful way for companies to remain at the forefront of innovation, since it confers new properties on fabrics using a variety of technologies, to create a product with an added-value factor within its own market sector giving the manufacturer a competitive edge and a mark of distinction.

Given the advantages offered by functionalisation of textiles, greater developments have been seen in more technical and innovative applications such as sanitary or cosmetic textiles, where price is not usually a determining factor and where it is easier to detect market needs in practically any textile application; one of the main beneficiaries being the carpet sector.

On the other hand, society is becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect the environment and principles such as sustainability, biodegradability and recyclability are factors taken into account by consumers when choosing a product.

The concept of sustainability has evolved from the linear through circular economy and into the current idea of “cradle to cradle”, which aims not only to create zero waste, but that the article eventually serves as raw material for new products for other sectors, including carpets and rugs.

The main objective of the Eco & Tecno carpet project is the development of functional carpets and rugs incorporating materials and processes that improve the recyclability of the final product and research into the revaluation of the waste generated in every stage of the process to increase an article’s life cycle and provide an added-value factor.

 

This Project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball through IVACE, and is co-financed by tj EU’s ERDF funds, within the ERDF Operational Program of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  FILE: IMDEEA/2018/117

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Habitat Future Project

R&D PROJECT


AITEX coordinates the HABITAT @ FUTURE Project – Complementary actions of the HABITAT hypersector aimed at developing solutions with a high added-value factor and impact via the collaboration of creative, technological and industrial agents in Valencia, with the financial support of the Valencian Agency for Innovation through the Complementary Actions to Promote and Strengthen Innovation. Habitat Programme

The objective of the project is to foster the creation of strategic alliances among the agents of the Valencian Innovation System of the Habitat hypersector, giving rise to projects with high added value that combine both technical and creative elements which are innovative while being facilitators for new technologies, as well as the dissemination of R + D + i between companies.
The expected result is the development of an interactive virtual platform from where resources such as materials, infrastructures, technologies, services and R & D capacities can be accessed, and collaboration between designers, architects, the private sector and universities, as well as associations and technological institutes is encouraged to create intersectoral alliances.
File No:  INNACC00 / 18/027

This Project has the financial support of the  Agencia Valenciana de la Innovación via the Complementary Actions to drive and strengthen Innovation.

 

Nº Expediente:
INNACC00/18/027

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Alfombras funcionales y sostenibles

PROYECTO I+D

26 noviembre

El sector de las alfombras y moquetas es un sector muy tradicional cuyas principales innovaciones van más enfocadas a los diseños y texturas, más que a los residuos generados. Con el proyecto ECO&TECNO CARPET AITEX incorporará nuevos materiales y procesos que cumplan con los principios de sostenibilidad, biodegradabilidad y reciclabilidad cada más presentes en la conciencia social.

El sector de las alfombras y moquetas es un sector muy tradicional cuyas principales innovaciones van más aplicadas a los diseños y texturas que a la incorporación de nuevos materiales o procesos, que únicamente se aplican para conseguir los requisitos requeridos en determinados sectores cómo el transporte o la construcción.

En el sector textil la funcionalización de los tejidos se ha convertido en una herramienta útil para las empresas que quieren encontrarse en la vanguardia de la innovación puesto que permite dotar a los tejidos de nuevas propiedades empleando tecnologías muy variadas, obteniendo un producto con un valor añadido dentro de su propio sector de mercado y marcar diferencias con la competencia lo que reporta a las empresas un sello distintivo único y personalizado.

Dadas las ventajas que reporta la funcionalización de los textiles, es un proceso que se ha ido desarrollando en aplicaciones más técnicas e innovadoras, como la sanitaria o cosmética dónde el precio no suele ser un factor determinante y donde es más fácil detectar las necesidades hacía prácticamente cualquier aplicación textil, pudiendo ser uno de los beneficiarios el sector alfombras.

Por otra parte, la sociedad cada vez se encuentra más concienciada con la protección del medio ambiente y principios como la sostenibilidad, la biodegradabilidad o la reciclabilidad son factores tenidos en cuenta por los consumidores a la hora de elegir un producto.

Los conceptos relacionados con la sostenibilidad han ido evolucionando de la economía lineal a la economía circular hasta el actual de la cuna a la cuna (cradle to cradle) que pretende no sólo la generación de residuos cero, sino que el producto sirva como materia prima para nuevas producciones siendo aplicable a cualquier sector, incluido el de la alfombra y moqueta.

El proyecto Eco&Tecno carpet tiene como principal objetivo el desarrollo de alfombras y moquetas funcionales incorporando materiales y procesos que permitan una mejora en la reciclabilidad del producto final y la investigación de la revalorización de los residuos generados en todas las etapas del proceso para incrementar su ciclo de vida y darles un nuevo valor añadido.

Este proyecto cuenta con el apoyo de la Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana a través del IVACE, y está cofinanciado por los fondos FEDER de la UE, dentro del Programa Operativo FEDER de la Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  EXPEDIENTE: IMDEEA/2018/117

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