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Beatriz Domenech

NEWS

01st March 2021

The President of AITEX, León Grau, and the Institute’s Managing Director, Vicente Blanes, presented the second Donations and Social Aid Programme 2021, through which eleven associations and foundations received more than 70.000€ for their social projects.
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AITEX has promoted the second call for “Donations to Social Projects and Initiatives”. The call is designed to contribute to initiatives aimed at caring for priority groups at risk of social exclusion through projects that help cover basic needs, personal, and social support and improvement in quality of life, while recognising and collaborating with non-profit organisations that work for the good of society.

AITEX granted €70,792 to finance initiatives aimed at disability, dependency, poverty and risk of social exclusion.

The successful candidates were assessed for their capacity to develop the project (infrastructure and necessary staff), experience in carrying out similar projects, social impact and objective identification of needs, social, technical and economic viability, and the overall quality of the proposal.

Eleven associations received grants from the Donations and Social Aid Programme:

 

  • ACOVIFA – Asociación Contra la Violencia de Género y Familiar – Alcoy y Comarca.

Grant: €8,000

The project provides victims of gender-based violence with the appropriate tools to cover their needs and the necessary support to achieve their social inclusion.

 

  • ADIBI – Association for the Disabled and Rare Diseases of Ibi.

Grant: €8,000

The “ConVida20Adibi” project supports ten children with disabilities between 0 and 16 years of age whose families lack economic resources by offering individualised physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psycho-pedagogy, and psychology and speech therapy services.

 

  • AEPA – Foundation for the Analysis, Study and Prevention of Addiction in the Valencian Community, action to be carried out in Alcoy.

Grant: €5,000

The INTEGRA’2 project provides therapy for people who are socially excluded due to their addiction, helping them get their lives back on track. Therapies include a therapeutic garden, leisure and free time programmes and animal-assisted therapies.

 

  • AMACMEC – Asociación Mujeres Afectadas por Cáncer de Mama de Elche y Comarca, action to be carried out in Crevillente.

Grant: € 7,072

The “Mucho por Vivir” programme provides support and information during the process and treatment of breast cancer to enhance the physical, psychological and social well-being of cancer patients.

 

  • APCA – Cerebral Palsy Association of Alicante, action to be carried out in Onil.

Grant: €5,000

The project proposes the use of new technologies so that the organisation’s health care professionals can attend children with cerebral palsy.

 

  • Asociación Amigos de los Ancianos – Residencia San Francisco de Ontinyent.

Grant: €8,000

The “Cuidem Junts” project mitigates the loneliness of the elderly by carrying out a personal care plan.

 

  • ASD Association – Asperger Font Roja Mariola, from Alcoy.

Grant: €8,000

The project promotes the social skills of people with ET, helping people with Asperger’s syndrome, childhood autism disorder, atypical autism and unspecified pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS).

 

  • Coratge Association, from Alcoy.

Grant: €6,720

The “Renàixer per viure” project helps increase the autonomy and independence of people who have suffered brain damage by providing neuropsychology, speech therapy, occupational therapy and neuro-physiotherapy services.

 

  • FISAT – Angel Tomás Solidarity Initiative Foundation, action to be carried out in Alcoy.

Grant: €5,000

The Don Bosco Educational Support Project carries out preventive work with children at social risk, facilitating guidance and contributing to the full social integration of the people it looks after through socio-educational support, family monitoring and leisure and free time programmes. The result is a contribution to the personal development of children and long-term beneficial impact.

 

  • La Salle Acoge Foundation, action to be carried out in Alcoy.

Grant: €5,000

The project ‘Hogares Nou Horitzó Alcoy I and II’ offers comprehensive shelter and basic needs care, as well as social inclusion for people at risk of social exclusion, through the maintenance and operation of sheltered accommodation in Alcoy for people aged between 18 and 25 years old, to promote their social and family integration.

 

  • Archbishop Miguel Roca Canonical Foundation – Proyecto Hombre and Caritas Ontinyent

Grant: €5,000

The project aims to improve the employability and social inclusion of people with addiction problems at the Ontinyent Day Centre.

All the selected associations carry out their social work in the areas of Alcoy, Ontinyent, Ibi, Onil, Crevillente.

 

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AITEX Cosmetics is the result of the Institute’s commitment to the cosmetics industry. Located in Alcoy, we have a team of professionals that includes dermatologists, ophthalmologists, chemists, biotechnologists, pharmacists and a large group of specialised technicians.

AITEX Cosmetics offers a wide range of safety and efficacy studies for cosmetics, including a database with more than 300 users with different characteristics in terms of skin type, to help researchers select a demographic that best suits the study of a particular product. We have biotechnological tools for efficacy studies to test and prove manufacturers’ claims of properties including moisturising, depigmentation, firming, degreasing, anti-wrinkle, tanning, deodorant or antiperspirant effects, among many others.

Our in-house team of dermatologists and ophthalmologists are on hand every day and we carry out clinical safety studies such as Patch test and Open test on normal and sensitive skin, sensitisation tests, HRIPT and non-comedogenicity test and the measurement of sun protection factor SPF UVA and UVB in vivo and in vitro, among others.

Thanks to our extensive laboratory experience, with a track record of more than 30 years providing services to the textile industry, we offer testing services to support the cosmetics, medical devices and food industries.

Tests are carried out by the microbiology and physical and chemical laboratories to meet quality control requirements such as the detection of pathogenic microorganisms in cosmetics, sterility and bioburden, studies into the effectiveness of the preservative or the challenge test. Additionally we provide compliance testing for the physical and chemical specifications of a product such as pH, viscosity, density, particle size, determination of heavy metals, solar filters and stability to provide an expiry date or a best before date. If there is a test required that we are not currently equipped for, we will purchase and install the equipment in order to continue offering the level of service and commitment that we are famous for.

In addition to the services mentioned above, we also provide advisory and consulting services for the preparation of technical documentation, safety data sheets, technical data sheets and product safety dossiers, among others.
We have export guides to countries outside the EU in order to be able to market cosmetics and offices around the world to provide support.

In short, AITEX Cosmetics is the ideal provider for cosmetic testing, offering you quality, proximity and competitiveness.

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SUSTAINABILITY AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

25th March 2021

Types of recycling

While “open loop recycling” refers to methods by which waste is converted into new lower-quality materials with reduced functionality, the term “closed loop recycling” describes a processes that keeps materials flowing within the chain, without losing value (e.g. fibre-to-fibre recycling).

Recycling in the textile sector can be carried out using different approaches (mechanical or chemical) and using different technologies and resources (such as bottles, manufacturing waste, net waste, carpets, fabrics, etc.).

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One of the most highly developed recycling processes is the mechanical recycling of synthetic fibres (especially polyester, which is the most widely used), where the material is melted and re-extruded. However, much recycled fibre does not come from textile waste but other sources such as used plastics. This process is one of the most widely used due to its low cost and simplicity. Its main limitation is that it is only suitable for thermoplastic and pure materials, and it is almost impossible to obtain materials suitable for spinning from blends.

Natural fibres, such as cotton, are also recycled mechanically. The waste is sorted by colour and material, and prepared by shredding and shearing. As fibres are shortened and damaged in the recycling process, their properties tend to deteriorate and they need to be blended with high quality virgin fibres.

Chemical recycling addresses the limitations of mechanical recycling. In this case, the waste is transformed in a chemical reactor back to its original state, recovering the quality of the original material. These closed-loop fibre-to-fibre processes are still under development as they have not yet reached the commercial stage or large-scale market penetration.

The approaches allow textiles to be part of a sustainable open-loop recycling system, where materials rise and fall in value according to market demand. However, before selecting the appropriate recycling technology, it is important not to lose sight of the specific needs of the customer in terms of the quality, cost and design they seek.

Challenges

The sector faces significant challenges and barriers to recycling textile waste. One of the most important is the revaluation of fibre blends in an economical and environmentally sustainable way. Another fundamental aspect is that separation and sorting that is generally carried out manually, representing a cost and bottleneck for fast, cheap recycling.

Textile repair, reuse and recycling requires the design of mono-material products or, where appropriate, products that can be disassembled into components for recycling. This approach to incorporating environmental criteria from the initial design of the product is known as Ecodesign.

For further information, please contact Ana Rodes, Head of the Technical Unit of Circular Economy and Sustainability at AITEX at arodes@aitex.es or visit our website aitex.es/sostenibilidad

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This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

File: IMAMCI/2020/1.

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R+D Projects

25th March 2021

In 2020, AITEX focused some of its research lines on advanced manufacturing, customisation and digitalisation, creating extremely interesting industrial results in the following lines:

  • Development of smart textiles for gamification
  • Development of smart textiles that monitor physiological and biological parameters

The Institute has worked on the research and development of the following projects:

GAMIFY – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMART TEXTILES FOR GAMIFICATION

In recent years, mobile technology has transformed our lives and smartphones have evolved, leading to new technologies, including gamification.

In this sense, AITEX is working on the GAMIFY project to research and develop smart textiles for gamification. The results obtained during the project include the integration of sensors into knitted garments and textile pressure sensors.

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The sensorised fabrics monitor the user’s movements and activity which are then fed into a smartphone app that displays personalised information on how well the wearer is moving during training or rehabilitation.

In addition, pressure sensors have been developed into a touch panel with LEDs connected to the app for the rehabilitation of the arms, improving reflexes and arm mobility in athletes and the elderly.

BIENESMART 2- R&D OF SMART TEXTILES TO MONITOR PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS FOR ENHANCED WELLBEING

We are increasingly concerned about our health and technology can help mitigate this concern by collecting data to help make better decisions to improve well-being. The BIENESMART 2 project was designed to monitor people’s health by integrating sensors capable of collecting information on physiological and biological parameters in our clothing. Recent leaps in technology have enabled us to use smart textiles and wearable devices for remote and continuous monitoring.

Sensorised clothing simplifies the data collection of a range of variables, by monitoring vital signs and physical activity seamlessly and unobtrusively. All the information collected by the sensors is sent to a smartphone app for the wearer to view.

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These textile garments are designed to improve our health and wellbeing, but they also have other fields of application such as preventing sports injuries, improving performance and monitoring physical work. They can also be used in the workplace to monitor stress, ergonomics and worker wellbeing.

FILE: IMAMCI/2020/1

This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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R+D Projects

25th March 2021

In order to contribute to the circular economy, sustainability and ECO technologies, AITEX has focused research on the following lines:

  • Development of highly ecological materials
  • Evaluation of techniques to democratise recycling

BIOMATTER 2020 – SUSTAINABILITY APPLIED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOME TEXTILE AND FASHION SECTORS

BIOMATTER 2020 has developed new highly sustainable products for the fashion and home textile industries.

Following the successful conclusion of the project, eco materials were produced that are suitable for the development of textile, household and fashion articles. In addition to being manufactured mainly with renewable and/or biodegradable materials, the fabrics provide all the flexibility, colour fastness and strength for making up on conventional sewing techniques, enhancing the possibilities they offer for designing quality personalised articles.

Research has focused on several technologies, mainly thermo-compression lamination and flexographic printing.

The results of the project have been compiled into a sample book which can be viewed at: https://www.aitex.es/portfolio/biomatter2020/

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FILE: IMAMCI/2020/1

This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR THE REVALORISATION OF MULTI-COMPOSITION WASTE FROM THE FOOTWEAR, TOY AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES IN THE VALENCIAN REGION

The footwear, textile and toy industries are joining forces to find a sustainable solution to the huge volumes of multi-composition and multi-format waste they create during production and post-consumer phases. Despite its enormous potential for reuse, not all of this waste is being recycled and ends up in controlled landfill at best.

The project aligns with the circular economy model financed by IVACE, INESCOP, the Footwear Technological Centre, in collaboration with AITEX, the Textile Technological Institute, and AIJU, the Technological Institute of Children’s and Leisure Products launched CIRCULAR INDUSTRY – CV. It is a highly ambitious project that aims to create synergies between sectors by building a technological demonstration pilot plant that classifies and transforms the waste generated by these industries into raw materials, creating a circular economy business model with an intra and intersectoral application that will support a business fabric that is more resilient to future economic crises.

 

During the second phase of the project, the three technology centres will focus on evaluating the approaches that democratise recycling. The task is a complex one, since the starting point is a multitude of components: leather, textiles, plastics, metals, foams, rubbers, etc.

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INESCOP, AITEX and AIJU promote sustainable industry

This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE and is co-financed by ERDF funds, within the Operational Programme of the Valencian Community 2014-2020 (EXPEDIENTE: IMIDEC/2019/19).

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R+D Projects

25th March 2021

The European Light Industries Innovation and Technology Project (ELIIT) was created with the aim of supporting the introduction of the latest technological advances from research centres, universities and technology companies in SMEs in traditional manufacturing sectors, to increase their competitiveness and support European assets in strategic value chains.

This is the context to the European Union launching ELIIT, coordinated by AITEX. ELIIT is a European cascade funding programme open to SMEs and will select 25 projects through two calls for proposals. The selected projects will receive the following benefits:

  • Financial support of €70,000
  • Participation in European congresses, conferences and trade fairs and the organisation of networking activities.
  • Training programme and personalised monitoring of each project by experts in different areas (market, entrepreneurship, technical advice, circular economy, finance, etc.).
  • Conferences with investors and business Angels

SECOND CALL NOW OPEN

The second call for applications opened on 25 January 2021, and closes at 17:00 on 14 April 2021. Submission of projects must follow the steps below:

  1. Register on the EMS platform, throught the website (ec.europa.eu/eliit). The platform is also a database where more than 450 European SMEs and technology providers have already registered.
  2. The technical proposal is submitted through this platform. To do so, the collaborative proposal template must be filled in with the details of the research centre, university or technology company together with an SME from the industry.

If you do not have a partner to submit your proposal with, you can search the platform or ask the ELIIT team for help by email: info@eliitproject.eu.

  • Pass the selection process, which will be carried out in two phases. In the first phase, eligible proposals will be evaluated according to the evaluation criteria, resulting in a short list of selected projects. In the second phase, the projects will be taken to final evaluation where international professionals on the Expert Committee will evaluate them and announce the finalists.
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ELIIT will select projects that
  • Demonstrate technology transfer from a technology partner (technology centre, university or company owning the technology) to an SME in the TCLF sectors. The technology transfer can be vertical (from a partner with a novel technology to an SME seeking further development/application in the same sector) or horizontal (from a partner with a technology currently applied/demonstrated in one sector – e.g. automotive – to an SME in the textile sector).
  • The technology to be transferred must be in a TRL7, i.e. there must be a validated prototype for industrial scalability.
  • The technology must be novel, even if it is already being used in other applications.
  • ELIIT seeks cooperation, so it is important that the proposal conveys this collaboration between an SME and technology provider.
  • Project duration will be 12 or 18 months.
  • The objective of the project can focus on both process and product improvement.

More information on these projects can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/eliit

ELIIT is funded by the European Union’s COSME programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

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R+D Projects

30th March 2021

Two chronic diseases affecting a large percentage of the population, especially women, are lymphoedema and lipoedema. Lipedema occurs in the lower limbs, and is a relatively frequent condition affecting between 12% and 20% of the world’s women, causing inflammation and the pathological proliferation of fat cells.

This is the background to the need for the TPTex 2.0 project to seek improvements for sufferers of the condition that requires the use of therapeutic compression textile garments for treatment and prevention.

The main objective of the TPTex 2.0 project is to develop compressive garments for lower limb pathologies such as lipedema in standard sizes that cover most sufferers of the pathologies.

The successful completion of the project led to the following results:

  • Breathable, comfortable textile structures for use in the manufacture of therapeutic compressive garments.
  • Standardised sizing and specific design of compression garments for the treatment of lipedema
  • Specific knitted compression garments for lipedema used as an outer garment
  • Value-added factors for compression garments using finishes for enhanced comfort
  • Validation of the prototypes obtained by a user panel

Find out more about the results at the following link: https://www.aitex.es/portfolio/tptex2-0/

File: IMDEEA/2020/11

This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE, and is funded by the EU ERDF funds, within the Operational Programme ERDF of the Valencian Community 2014-2020.

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SUSTAINABILITY AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

26th February 2021

Global textile fibre production has doubled in the last 20 years, reaching an all-time high of 111 million tonnes in 2019, with continued growth forecast until 2030. This increase, coupled with current consumption patterns generates huge amounts of waste.

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The recycling rate for textile waste is however, very low with only 13% recycled in some way after use. Most of this is transformed into lower value product such as rags, insulation or filler material and less than 1% is recycled into new fibre.

This is mainly due to the fact that textile waste is not separated from other waste. More than 85% of textile products thrown away by consumers ends up in landfills or is incinerated.

Although there are textile recycling banks in public places, placed by social organisations or recovery and revalorisation specialists, the reality is that every city manages textile collection at its own discretion.

European Directive EU 2018/851

In view of the above, the new European Directive ((EU) 2018/851) amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste is of particular importance.

The new Directive obliges Member States to begin separate collection of textile waste by 1 January 2025, and to set targets for the preparation for re-use and recycling of textile waste. This will have an impact on the entire textile value chain as companies will need to start designing and preparing their products to contain a certain percentage of recycled material and to allow for recycling.

These measures will come into force in Spain through the new Waste Law, which is currently being drafted. This law foresees the establishment of an extended producer responsibility scheme for the textile sector. In addition, the destruction of unsold textile surplus will be prohibited.

Although the European directive does not set targets, the new Spanish Waste Law establishes that by 2025 at least 55% of household waste, including textiles, should be prepared for reuse or destined for recycling. This percentage is set to rise to 60% in 2030 and 65% in 2035.

The Directive specifically states that the re-use of products and the establishment of systems promoting repair and re-use activities shall be encouraged, particularly with regard to textiles.

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Challenges for the textile sector

The sector faces significant challenges and barriers to ensure the recycling of textile waste. One of the most pressing of these is the revaluation of fibre blends in an economical and environmentally sustainable way. Another fundamental component is the separation and sorting processes that are generally carried out manually, adding to costs and creating a recycling bottleneck.

Key to enable the repair, reuse and recycling of textile would be the design of mono-material products or, where appropriate, products that can be disassembled and separated into components for recycling. This way of incorporating environmental criteria from the initial design of the product is known as Ecodesign.

For further information, please contact Ana Rodes, Head of the Circular Economy and Sustainability Technical Unit at AITEX by email arodes@aitex.es or visit our website www.aitex.es/sostenibilidad.

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R+D Projects

17th February 2021

Certain lines of research carried out by AITEX are concerned with the development of textile solutions with a high added-value factor. Below are some of the current R+D lines:

  • The development of efficient natural cosmetic formulations
  • Biomedical research into innovative technological textile solutions

 

INNFORMULATION-II – Research and development of new ingredients for the formulation of natural and effective cosmetics

In recent years, there has been a worldwide growing interest in the use of natural ingredients in the cosmetics sector, with the aim of achieving better results and greater effects, while adding value to a product and protecting the environment. Natural, safe and effective cosmetics are trending, both with manufacturers and consumers.

INNFORMULATION II arose as a result of the needs detected in the cosmetics sector. The project’s core goal is to obtain active natural extracts from plants to develop cosmetic formulations with different textures, including natural products for skin and hair care, sunscreens, decorative cosmetics and water-free formulations which respond to the needs of the cosmetic sector for innovative products that are more natural and environmentally friendly.

 

MEDIC@TEX – R+D of innovative technological textile solutions for healthcare.

MEDIC@TEX falls within the framework of biomedical research, which includes all the clinical disciplines from research into new pharmaceuticals and therapies to public health and healthcare services. It is a key instrument for improving social wellbeing and enhancing people’s quality of life and longevity.

The project is now in its final development stage has four lines of research:

  • Line 1 – the fabrication, optimisation and validation of a product for treating periodontal disease which combines 3D bioprinting and additivated nanofibre veils.
  • Line 2 – the optimisation of the dilution of polyacrylic acid and electrospinning and electrospraying conditions to create super-absorbent nanofibres and nanospheres.
  • Line 3 – research into the alternatives available for monitoring body temperature and to propose a new valid and trustworthy approach for its evaluation in a textile context.
  • Line 4 – to acquire, set up and begin working with 3D Bioprinting and Electrospraying technology.
  • Line 5 – to develop facemasks using nanofibres to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  

FILE: IMAMCI/2020/1

This project is suppoprted by la Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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R+D Projects

17th February 2021

There is clear and growing social awareness of today’s environmental problems. The market is demanding more use of reused or recycled materials, and the emergence of recycled polyamide must be faced as an unavoidable challenge.

AITEX is in the final stage of the MARNET project, which focuses on developing new textile yarns from polyamide fibres obtained from recycled fishing nets. These sustainable and environmentally friendly yarns reduce the amount of waste produced from the use of fishing nets, and therefore the contamination from accumulated textile waste.

The results are:

 

New formulations using additivated recycled PA:

  • UV – improved resistance to sunlight
  • UPF – protects the skin from UV rays
  • FR – flame retardancy
  • FIR – reflects the body’s infra-red radiation with therapeutic effects for cells
  • NI – releases negative ions with numerous benefits for the wearer

 

Optimising multifilament meltspinning using recycled polyamide to attain the best possible mechanical properties.

The development of innovative functionalised yarns from blends of recycled polyamide and natural fibres of recycled cotton and wool).

The results have a high R+D content as sustainable fabrics have been developed from functional yarns with excellent physical and mechanical properties for technical uses: sportswear, PPE, etc.

File: IMDEEA/2020/8 

This project has been supported by la Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE, and is co-funded by EU ERDF within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020. 

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