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Second BIOSEA project meeting

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The second BIOSEA project meeting was held at VLCI’s facilities in Amsterdam between the 24th and 25th of October 2018.

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The objective of the project is the development and improvement of profitable and sustainable methods for the industrial scale cultivation of selected species of macro and microalgae for the production and extraction of a minimum of 6 active components with a high added-value factor, to be used in industries such as cosmetics, food and animal feed.

It is expected that BIOSEA will contribute to the reduction of European dependence on the importation of raw materials, while reducing pressure on land resources and opening new niche markets and businesses.
Due to the research-based nature of the project, a strain of algae has been added to the project’s list of working biomasses, so the starting point of the BIOSEA process is summarised as follows:

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The following results have been obtained so far:

  • The optimisation of the cultivation process for the selected micro and macroalgae.
  • The extraction of active compounds: optimisation of the extraction process and the isolation of proteic, lipid and sugars fractions.
  • The evaluation of the practical viability of the proteins in food and cosmetic applications, lipids that provide additional functionalities to cosmetic formulations and sugars in cosmetic applications.
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This 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.

29 October, 2018 0 comment
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The development of Smart Textiles with integrated sensors and actuators for upholstery, interior decoration and contract furnishings

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Research in home automation focuses on improving the quality of life of users via the integration of various technologies. E-BRODER will develop smart textiles with high added-value factors using embroidery technology for home automation applications to sensorise environmental parameters, detect user gestures and provide power wirelessly, through textile articles.

There are now several wearable electronic systems available that enable functions to be developed, but the integration of these types of sensors in textiles, with applications for both the user’s own clothing and to other elements in their surroundings, is at a much lower level of development. The miniaturisation of electronic components and wireless communication allows the design of small, easy-to-hide sensors in textile articles, but as regards their integration into the fabrics themselves, only proof-of-concept work has been carried out. It is not about filling our homes with new devices, but rather that those we already use are smarter and easier to use; to use this intelligence and communication capability to perform daily tasks easier and adapt them more closely to our needs. Home automation must be friendly, easy to use, install and maintain, ubiquitous but discreet and respect our privacy 

The main objective of the E-BRODER project is to carry out research aimed at developing smart textiles with a high added-value factor using embroidery technology for home automation applications intended for use in the following textile sub-sectors: home textiles, upholstery, decoration and contract furnishing.

The e-BRODER project addresses the research and development of smart textiles using embroidery technology for home automation applications, including:

– Decoration fabrics such as curtains with the ability to sensorise environmental parameters in homes and offices.
– Upholstery fabrics that act as a sensor capable of detecting different hand gestures to interact with the home-automation system.
– Upholstery and decorative fabrics that incorporate embroidered induction elements to power the domotic textile articles or to charge a mobile phone.

The resulting prototypes of the project will be provided with a high added-value factor, using a highly-automated process that allows companies working in the sectors of home textiles, decoration, and upholstery and contract furnishings to increase their product portfolio, and therefore become more competitive.

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 ERDF funds from the EU, within the ERDF Operational Program of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014 -2020. FILE: IMDEEA / 2018/108

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25 October, 2018 0 comment
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Presentation of the LEARNINGTEX Project massive open online course

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Presentation of the LEARNINGTEX Project massive open online course on textile quality control, with participation by AITEX.

Having finalised the creation of the digital content, LEARNINGTEX is now concentrating on validating and finalising the OER (Open Educational Resources) which will form the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on textile quality assurance using advanced technology.

Over the last few months, the OERs have been presented to different audiences and target groups in the countries in the consortium and the partners have had the opportunity to collaborate on the project by evaluating the knowledge they have acquired in the field by getting a first-hand look at the resources we have created.

 

The OERs were finalised during July and August and uploaded to the MOOC platform, and during September they will be presented to the different target groups.

The first presentation will take place in Alcoy on the Valencia Polytechnic campus, followed by subsequent presentations in the other member countries.

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26 September, 2018 0 comment
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New ultralight modular ballistic protection solution for infantrymen

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AITEX launches its VESTLIFE project, lasting 36 months, to develop a lighter, modular integrated ballistic protection system of clothing incorporating an NBCR (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiation) detection system.

The aim of protective clothing is to protect soldiers against ballistic hazards. The demands placed on the clothing are strict yet contradictory, requiring a combination of optimum protection and comfort. While heavier, denser and more impermeable fabrics enhance protection, they are uncomfortable. This makes the design and development of efficient protective clothing problematic. Finding a balance between physiological loading and protection is vital when creating mission-specific clothing. The requirements of the system, after optimisation, will lead to mission-specific requirements for the sub systems and for the materials used in the clothing. Commercially available ballistic systems have several disadvantages, principally weight, but others include reduced flexibility and poor design for body shape and type, with a focus on protection based solely on kinetic energy hazards or limitations in the use of NBCR agents.

The goal of VESTLIFE is to develop a new lightweight, modular ballistic protection system with integral NBCR detection capability. The clothing will provide a wider range of cover while maintaining comfort as well as lighter ballistic panels, ensuring optimum balance between protection and comfort by adapting the protective surface to mission-specific requirements. The project aims to develop different types of advanced, high-performance armour plating. The system will provide different levels of protection using flexible panels for low and mid-level ballistic threats and rigid panels for high-level threats. Discovering the optimum architecture for the materials covering the body requires a balance to be struck between the degree of comfort experienced and the level of protection provided. The architecture will be designed using specially-developed software which will consider each factor and the results will then be validated.

To achieve this, 9 work packages have been established, 7 of which are technical defining the protection required of the system, develop the modelling and design of the solution, develop new textile structures, polymer and ceramic ballistic protection composite materials, integration of materials and NBCR systems and the validation of the resulting solutions. Crossover actions, such as project management, exploitation and dissemination will be included in the remaining 2 work packages throughout the lifetime of the project.

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The project has received funding from the EU’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research through grant agreement No 800876 [VESTLIFE]

25 September, 2018 0 comment
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Second open WORTH Project call

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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5 June, 2018 0 comment
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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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BIOSEA, tecnología innovadora y económica

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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 FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS FABRICATED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TEXTILE AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES

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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

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21 March, 2018 0 comment
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