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Neus Jorda

Added-Value solutions for strategic markets

R+D PROJECTS

29th October 2019

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R+D at the service of the textile industry, creating and transferring value.

Added-value solutions for growing strategic markets. AITEX is focusing its research on the following areas:

  • Textile-based functional products for Health, Sports and Personal Protection.
  • Textiles to protect and provide solutions for the natural world and society.
  • Textile solutions for construction and habitat; energy efficiency and smart interior design.
  • Textile solutions for transport systems; lighter, cleaner and safer
  • Custom-made functional fashion articles

AITEX is working on the research and development of the following projects:

DENTALTEX II

The main objective of year two of DENTALTEX II is to create a prototype consisting of a micro-porous central core, covered by different nanofibre veils additivated with drugs for periodontal treatment.

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FUNDETEX

The main objective of the FUNDETEX project is to develop detergent and softener formulations that provide functional properties to the skin that are beneficial for the user’s health, through research into additives and liquid and solid functional compounds of interest (mosquito-repellent, moisturising, anti-cellulite, etc.). In addition, studies will determine how effective the transfer of the properties of the detergent or softener to the user is, when in contact with the washed clothes and fabrics.

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BIENESMART

The core objective of  BIENESMART is the development of textile solutions that monitor vital signs and physiological and biological parameters for the improvement of people’s well-being.

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STAR

The objective of the STAR project is the research and development of smart textiles for architecture and construction that allow users to interact with technological, sustainable and creative infrastructures that enhance their quality of life.

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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 4th Cosmetorium Fair

COSMETICS

29th October 2019

More than 2300 professionals from the cosmetic industry gathered at the 4th Cosmetorium fair held on October 23 and 24 at the Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona. This year is the second time AITEX has participated, and the fair covered a much larger exhibition space than previous years. 137 exhibitors, both national and international, who presented their new launches, products and services, supported the event: 13% more than the previous year.

Cosmetorium represents the largest showcase for the sector in our country. Manufacturers’ innovations and launches marked the new trends within the industry, with a clear commitment to conscious, responsible and sustainable cosmetics throughout the cosmetics manufacturing chain.

Within the scientific program organised by Cosmetorium, AITEX gave a conference on electro-spinning technology and its applications in cosmetics, which proved popular and generated considerable interest among leading companies in the sector. Electrospinning allows a new generation of nonwovens to be created, in a network of intertwined nanofibres. In the cosmetic sector, technology is used to manufacture masks or patches with active compounds, which dissolve and become absorbed completely during use, without creating waste.

AITEX also participated in the Tech Focus program on innovation in efficiency and effectiveness tests for hair care products, which was attended by leading companies in the sector who wanted to learn first-hand the range of innovative trials AITEX can provide.

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Fully integrated, global service to evaluate eye and face protection

INNOVATION

29th October 2019

Protective equipment on a mannequin. Specialist clothes. Protective helmet. Antinoise headphones. Protective glasses. Personal protective equipment. Safety at work.

AITEX has a stand at the leading health and safety in the workplace fair in Düsseldorf from the 5th to the 8th November 2019

AITEX will be in Hall 4 Stand 4F01, introducing all the certification and testing services it offers in personal protective equipment. The A + A Fair actively contributes to progress and innovation for the benefit of people and businesses, and is the leading fair in occupational safety and health.

AITEX’s advanced protection equipment laboratory

At  the Textile Technological Institute (AITEX), we strive to continue innovating and improving the services we provide, focusing our attention on the evolution of our laboratories towards aspects of Personal Protective Equipment that were previously beyond our remit. The Institute’s laboratories have been working for many years as a Notified Body in the evaluation of the conformity of PPE in the form of gloves, clothing and harnesses. Taking this invaluable experience as a base, and seeking to meet customer demand, we have been working to provide our laboratories with the necessary equipment to evaluate PPE for Eye and Facial Protection, Respiratory, Head Protection and Evaluation of Dielectric Gloves for high voltage work.


Global and comprehensive eye and face protection service

The data collected by the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security from January to May of 2019 reveal that during this period, the number of occupational accidents involving eye and face injuries was 7,818 and 1,907 respectively.
Between the two, these accidents represent 72.9% of all accidents related to injuries to the head and 4.4% of the total workplace accidents.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 26% of occupational injuries or illnesses that affected the head during 2017 involved the eyes.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), of the United States Department of Labor, considers it essential to reduce the possible risks by correct workplace design, as well as knowledge of the different personal protective equipment (PPE) available and the correct use of each of them according to the activity undertaken.
The prevalence of eye and facial accidents previously revealed shows how important protection is in the workplace, as well as the need to assess the risks of each job and promote employee training so they can choose the appropriate PPE according to the risk to which they are exposed.
AITEX is fully equipped and possesses the necessary infrastructure to perform tests on face and eye protection.
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R+D of articles designed to prevent pathologies of the lower leg using therapeutic textiles

R+D PROJECTS

28th October 2019

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Good health is a vital aspect of modern life, but keeping healthy and improving our quality of life requires care. Certain aspects, both for the prevention of diseases and their treatment, must be taken into account.

The TPTex Project aims to improve the Quality of life in two specific sectors:

  • Women suffering from pathologies caused by the accumulation of lymph or fat in the lower leg, such as lymphedema and lipedema.
  • Athletes who require recovery assistance for muscle and body fatigue after long-distance races or strenuous exercise.

The project aims to help improve health through the relationship between the textile sector and physical activity.

Lipedema is a disease that affects between 10 and 16% of the population and was recognised as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2018.

The development of new textile solutions (their structure, materials and properties) is particularly relevant. A market study into pathologies discovered that a bespoke compression garment may cost as much as 300 euros, which many people cannot afford, and must be replaced approximately every 5 months when in daily use. The project aims to collaborate with external services and partners to create ideal garments for sports.

TPTex focuses on preventing injuries and improving health, by researching the use of textile applications for compression garments used during sport and physical activity. The project has two main lines of action:

  • Compressive textile substrates for the improvement of pathologies of the lower limb, caused by the accumulation of fat (lipedema) or lymph (lymphedema).
  • Compressive textile substrates for the improvement of muscle and body function after long-distance running that take the body to its limits.

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Great turnout in the 1st event to boost the textile sector
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On the 24th of October, the first event to boost the textile sector, organised by the AITEX UPV Chair, ATEVAL and ACETEX, with the support of the Ministry of Sustainable Economy and IVACE, took place at IVAM Alcoi. During the meeting, the CEO of Leroy Merlin, Ignacio Sánchez delved into the future trends in the textile sector. More than 200 participants came together to toast the importance of the textile sector in our regions.

The textile sector celebrated the first event to boost the textile sector organised by the AITEX-UPV Chair, in collaboration with the Association of Textile Entrepreneurs of the Valencian Community (ATEVAL) and the Regional Association of Entrepreneurs Textiles de l´Alcoià i el Comtat (ACETEX), supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible i sectors productius and IVACE. During the morning, students visited the Textile Vocations Showroom, where manufacturers in the central regions exhibited their innovative products to show young people the potential of the sector.

In the more formal event held in the afternoon, Leroy Merlin CEO Ignacio Sánchez presented the latest and future trends in the textile sector, with his presentation ‘Textile sector: Competing in the 21st century’. He explained the keys to how companies must compete in today’s technological world.Sanchez stressed the importance of corporate social responsibility in today’s society, and how companies have to take these aspects on board in their strategic business plans.
‘If you want to change the future, start by changing yourself’ with this message Sánchez encouraged the young people present to be aware of the importance of their decisions to achieving their goals.

Júlia Company, Director General of IVACE, closed the event on behalf of the public sector, highlighting the work of the AITEX-UPV chair “and the importance of joint projects between institutions, organisations and companies for the benefit of a sector with solid roots in the central regions and with a recognised presence nationally and internationally”.

The meeting also served as a showcase for the activities carried out by the AITEX-UPV Chair during the 2018-19 academic year.

Awards:

• Awards for Final Degree Projects in the textile sector, presented by Guillermina Tormo, Director of the Vice-Rectorate Area for Employment and Entrepreneurship at the UPV.

3rd Prize: Cristina Mira Cuenca, Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development student at UPV Campus d’Alcoi.
2nd prize: María Berruezo de Lara, Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development student at UPV Campus d’Alcoi.
1st prize: María José Serrano Flores, Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development student at UPV Campus d’Alcoi.

• Startup Prize in the textile sector, presented by Rafael Pascual, President of AITEX.

Gema Figuerola, for her sustainable fashion project Tangente de 90.

•  Premio al Mejor expediente mención textil del Grado en Ingeniería en Diseño Industrial y Desarrollo de Productos curso 2018/19, entregado por Càndid Penalva, Presidente de ATEVAL.

Premiada Cristina María Cuenca.

• Citation for the best textile student in Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development in 2018/19, awarded by Càndid Penalva, President of ATEVAL.

Awarded to Cristina María Cuenca.

• Recognition Challenge SEAT TEXTIL CHALLENGE, presented by Juan Ignacio Torregrosa, Director UPV Campus d’Alcoi

3rd prize: “Live more and better behind the wheel of a Seat” by Víctor Silvestre and Iñaki Blanquer
2nd prize: “More comfortable seat belt, with a warning sign” by Christian Fuentes, María Pérez and María Sancho.
1st prize: “Textile for the environment” by Javier Romera, Sara Peris, Carlos Abianza and Gabriel Mateu.

• Recognition Awards Home Textile Contest, presented by Vicente Blanes, General Director, AITEX.

– Printing category:
3rd prize: FIXEA project presented by Saúl Pérez
2nd prize: FUNNY FOREST project presented by Laura Díaz
1st prize: UBUNTU project presented by Borja Salido García

– Jacquard category:
3rd prize: GIRASOLES ANTHOS presented by Ana Martí Martín
2nd prize: PINEAPPLE presented by Mª Cristina Puchades
1st prize: MONARCA presented by Mª Cristina Puchadesç

• Award for Designs with Textile Components ACETEX – Escola D’art de Alcoy, presented by José Martínez, President of ACETEX.

First Prize: Verónica Llin Albero for her NERVE OF NATURE project
Second Prize: Kathy Peñafiel for her LUMIX PARDINUS project

• Recognition for TEXDENCIA

TEXDENCIA is the Spontaneous Generation group of the UPV. The group’s hard work, dedication and enthusiasm makes it possible for the Chair to promote its activities among students.
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Over 450 secondary students take part in the second AITEX Olympics
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On Friday, October 11, AITEX and ATEVAL organised the second AITEX Olympics at Ontinyent Municipal Sports Centre. The aim of the day is to make young people aware of the textile sector as a future innovative employment prospect.

Participants took part in all kinds of activities: baseball, badminton, paintball, a climbing wall, drones, video games, a cycle race, paddle tennis, volleyball, an obstacle course, and an orientation course where they discovered the presence of textiles in every sport.

The textile sector increasingly offers many exciting opportunities and job offers to students who decide to train in the industry. AITEX is committed to continuing its programme of activities to teach young people about the prospects offered by the industry, and new developments.

More than 450 high school students from 8 secondary schools in Ontinyent and Bocairent enjoyed a day full of activities and excitement, and the event ended with a draw for a mountain bike for each school.

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AITEX participates in the 4rd meeting of the European project VESTLIFE

R & D PROJECTS

AITEX participates in the 4rd meeting of the European project VESTLIFE (Ultralight modular bullet proof integral solution for dismounted soldier protection) in De Lier (Holanda). where the first results of the research line for ballistic protection have been presented. 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 partners of this project coordinated by AITEX have participated in the meeting.

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.

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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COSMETORIUM: From the idea to the product

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

12th September 2019

AITEX will be present at Cosmetorium in Hall -1 stand 235 on the 23rd and 24th October at the Palau de Congresos in Barcelona.

Cosmetorium is an event created by the Spanish Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SEQC) to create an all-round forum on the formulation, manufacture and distribution of cosmetics in response to the needs of the sector, and to highlight Spain’s importance as a centre of excellence in the cosmetics industry.

AITEX has a long tradition in applied chemistry in the textile industry and can now apply this expertise and potential to the world of cosmetics. The Institute is fully equipped with the latest and most sophisticated laboratory facilities and pilot plant and the Cosmetic’s Technical Unit is able to provide highly innovative R+D services to the cosmetics industry.

More information: 

AITEX: www.aitex.es/cosmetica

Cosmetorium: www.cosmetorium.es/

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Participation in the next A+A Fair Laboratories & Innovation

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

16th September 2019

A professional firefighter dressed in uniform and an oxygen mask standing in fire sparks and smoke over a dark background.

AITEX will be at the leading health and safety at work fair in Düsseldorf from the 5th to the 8th November 2019.

You will find AITEX in Hall 4 Stand 4F01, where we will be promoting our testing and certification services for PPEs. The A+A Fair makes a huge contribution to progress and innovation to the benefit of individuals and companies and is the world’s foremost health-and-safety-at-work fair.

AITEX’s Advanced Protection Equipment Laboratory

It is our stated objective at AITEX to keep on innovating and improving our services by focusing our attention on evolving our laboratory facilities to cover items of Personal Protection Equipment that we cannot certify at present. We have worked steadily for years as a Notified Body on the evaluation and conformity of PPEs such as gloves, articles of clothing and harnesses. This experience has become a cornerstone for our work responding to the needs of our clients and is the basis for the continuous improvements and refitting of our laboratory facilities to cover a wider range of PPEs including Eye and Facial protection, Breathing, Protective Head Gear and Dielectric Gloves for high voltage work.

EU Certification of Type

Before a PPE can be sold in Europe, it must comply with the health and safety requirements set out in Law 2016/425, via the evaluation of conformity procedure: EU Type Examination.
Using the procedure, the Notified Body will not only evaluate a prototype PPE through harmonised testing but will also evaluate its technical documentation, the information booklet which accompanies it and any labels and markings which are attached. A product that successfully passes the EU Type Examination will be issued with an evaluation report and an EU Certification of Type by the Notified Body.
Either of the following two options will accompany the EU Certification of Type:

  • Type Conformity based on an internal production control and random supervised testing (module C2).
  • Type Conformity based on production QA (module D)
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Participation in the last Home Textiles Premium Fair
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The fifth Home Textiles Premium by Textilhogar Fair took place from the 11th to the 13th September, once again at Madrid’s Caja Mágica.

This is the fair’s fifth year bringing together 69 exhibitors and 163 brands and marques from Spain and Portugal over three days. This is the only event which specialises 100% in home textiles, decoration and upholstery, and it was visited by high profile, affluent buyers, of interest to the exhibitors.

Once again, attendance by international buyers highlighted the importance of ATEVAL’s International Buyers Mission coordination – Home Textiles from Spain, supported by IVACE Internacional and ICEX, which enabled professionals from 35 countries to attend, making Home Textiles Premium by Textilhogar a vital promotional platform for the internationalisation of the textile sector.

AITEX took part in several parallel activities during the event in the ‘EL CUBO’ conference space. The first day included the presentation of the winning entries in the third Home Textiles Awards, organised by the AITEX-UPV Chair, and an opportunity for the students to exhibit their printed and Jacquard projects.

During the second day AITEX technicians spoke at the morning’s presentations on ‘Smart Habitats of the Future’, where they presented product and market trends for private and public spaces, and future trends in catering and retail. Both presentations are within the remit of the VALHABITAT project, supported by the Consellería d’ Economia sostenible, sectors productius, comerç i treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE.

AITEX took advantage of the fair to publicise the Second Business Awards 2019, designed to recognise the work of Spanish textile manufacturers in two categories: Innovation and Sustainability.

The main objective of AITEX’s attendance at the event was to present the Institute’s strategic areas of innovation to textile professionals, the research projects we are currently engaged in and the training services the Institute provides.

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