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AITEX CREATES A SUSTAINABILITY AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY TECHNICAL UNIT

The environmental impact of the textile sector has become one of today’s most worrying issues, as it is the second most polluting industry on the planet. The high consumption of water and chemical products, its carbon footprint, dumping and the emission of microplastics are some of the critical aspects of the production process. Coupled with the enormous quantities of waste and the low recycling rate (only 1% is transformed into new garments) means that the development of sustainable strategies and business models are urgently needed.

In response to the needs and challenges that this change represents for the textile sector, AITEX has created a Technical Unit for Sustainability and Circular Economy that will work transversally along three lines of action: R+D, Laboratories and Training.

In R&D, AITEX has 37 experimental plants to work on the challenges posed by the circular economy at all stages of the textile life cycle, through the development of its own research projects or in collaboration with partners. The line covers everything from eco-design and environmentally friendly production processes, to the prevention of waste and recycling in the final phase of the textile production cycle. The development of new bio-fibres and bio-polymers, chemical and mechanical recycling processes, the revaluation of pre- and post-consumption waste, the use of auxiliary products of natural origin and research into eco-finishing processes are some of the fields in which R&D projects are currently being carried out.
AITEX’s laboratory facilities provide companies with infrastructure and laboratory equipment for the characterisation of products, quality control and certification, in compliance with international sustainability regulations and standards. Voluntary eco-labels or certifications in sustainability and traceability are an important transparency tool that provides consumers with information on the environmental impact of products when making purchasing decisions. AITEX is an accredited entity for the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) and Recycled Claim Standard (RSC) certifications that verify the content of recycled material in products as well as compliance with good environmental practices in processes.
Likewise, the Institute creates social and environmental value by promoting environmental education, innovation, efficiency and the generation of employment and a stronger industrial base. AITEX’s Training Division provides technical training in new sustainable techniques and low environmental impact textile processes through courses in collaboration with other leading institutions such as the UPV.
With the introduction of the Technical Unit, AITEX makes its capabilities and resources available to textile manufacturers to improve their position as environmentally sustainable companies and to generate business opportunities through the change to new circular models.
After an initial analysis of the sector’s needs, one of the actions that will be carried out in the short term is the creation of an Environmental Sustainability Guide for the Textile Sector; in which concepts, applicable regulations, available certifications, success cases and good practices will be clarified.
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AITEX WILL ATTEND SICUR 2020 IN THE INTERNATIONAL SAFETY FAIR

AITEX will attend the twenty-second International Safety Fair over the 25th and 28th of February in Madrid. Pay us a visit in Hall 3, Stand E05.

The International Safety Fair Spain, organised by IFEMA, will bring together manufacturers and suppliers of safety equipment in five major areas: security, including electronic security, physical safety and security services; defence, which includes advanced security solutions in defence; cybersecurity, responsible for the protection of business information, systems and data; fire and emergency security, acting actively and passively against fire; and safety in the workplace, covering the protection and welfare of employees.

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AITEX’s advanced protective equipment laboratory

AITEX has continued to innovate and improve the service we provide by focusing our attention on the evolution of our laboratories towards covering items of Personal Protective Equipment that were previously beyond our remit. The Institute has been working for many years as a Notified Body in the evaluation of conformity of PPEs as gloves, clothing and harnesses and combining this experience with customer demand, we have been working towards providing our laboratories with the necessary equipment to evaluate PPEs for eye and facial, respiratory and head protection, and the evaluation of dielectric gloves for high voltage work. This year, visitors to the AITEX stand will get the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the testing facilities at the Institute.

AITEX recently achieved approval by ENAC as a Certification Body for Personal Protection Equipment, in compliance with ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

AITEX will also present its recent accreditation by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC) as an Individual Protection Equipment Certification Body according to ISO / IEC 17065: 2012 in the field of regulatory action (Regulation (EU) 2016 / 425 and under the conformity assessment schemes: Module B (EU Type Exam), Module C2 (Conformity to type based on production control plus supervised control of the product at random intervals) and Module D (Conformity with the type based on the quality assurance of the production process).

 

Last year’s fair was visited by 43,732 professionals, an increase of 3.4% over 2016, and 1,344 companies from 81 different countries. Business participation rose to 651 exhibitors, an increase of 13% with a wider range of new safety products in each of the sectors represented. The last fair was one of the most representative and innovative to date, given its level of participation and the range of news, content and activities offered.

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WORKSHOP CONTRACT: CREATING IDEAS, APPLYING TRENDS
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The Workshop Contract “Creating ideas, applying trends” was held on the 2nd of December at ATEVAL in Ontinyent.

The workshop was a more personal way for a small group to get hands on experience with the trends discussed in the case study “Tendencias HORECA-RETAIL” in order to learn new approaches to working on the development of new product ideas.
During the workshop, the students worked on two practical cases which they presented as a group at the end of the day in the form of panels displaying current trends.
The case study is just one of the results of the VALHABITAT 2019 project, which is funded by the Consellería de Economía Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE and developed at AITEX by the Fashion and Design Research Group. Some of the stages of the case study have been supported by the Habitat Trends Observatory (HTO), created by AITEX, AIDIMME and ITC.
During 2019, research has focused mainly on public spaces, more specifically on HORECA (Hotels, restaurants and cafés) and retail, bearing in mind that these sectors are strategic markets for the ceramics, lighting, furniture and textile industries.
The research project resulted in the creation of a digital case study which will soon be published at: http://tendenciashabitat.com/.
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PRODUCT PERSONALISATION WORKSHOP: THE KEY TO DIFFERENTIATION

On the 7th November, the technology platform for manufacturing industries (PLATECMA), organised a workshop on product personalisation at the offices of SUAVINEX. The day’s goal was to analyse product personalisation from the viewpoint of manufacturing industries including ceramics, toys, metalwork, textile and woodworking, etc.

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Various companies and experts on the subject met to talk about the importance of personalisation in today’s industry. The concept has formed part of the strategy of many manufacturers for the past 30 years or more and is now almost a prerequisite for the modern consumer. Personalisation is a key aspect of differentiation as it is influential in the consumer’s purchasing decision.

However, manufacturers need to remain competitive in today’s global environment and so personalisation must go hand in hand with Industry 4.0. Technology is providing manufacturers with the chance to offer personalised processes in line with market demands, without losing sight of the need to be technically and economically viable, as personalisation may be accompanied by increased costs.

The workshop was attended by more than fifty organisations including the State Agency for Research (AEI) and Royo Group, which is currently presiding over the platform.

Suavinex, Acrata cerámica, Unisa, Micuna and Ecus Sleep were on the roundtable, which was moderated by the journalist Miquel Hernandis. During the debate, companies had the opportunity to talk of their experiences with the personalisation of products and services and talked about the difficulties and hurdles they had to overcome.

The FORO TRANSFIERE event was also presented (for more details, visit https://transfiere.fycma.com). This is the only event in Spain that supports technology transfer between the public and private sectors.

Additionally, the CEO of Sisteplant, Ana Santiago, gave an overview of the current and future state of the private sector as regards personalisation and its links with Industry 4.0, highlighting the importance of technology to industry and the need to maintain a focused approach to its implementation.

The workshop was rounded off by a tour of the facilities at SUAVINEX during which attendees had the opportunity to see the company’s manufacturing process and how it has successfully integrated personalisation as part of the company strategy.

Vist Platecma’s website to view full documentation and a presentation of the workshop, as well as other industry and manufacturing news: (http://www.platecma.com/).

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AITEX IS APPROVED AS A CERTIFYING BODY FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT IN COMPLIANCE WITH ISO/IEC 17065:2012

LABORATORIOS & INNOVACIÓN

29 de Octubre de 2019

AITEX has recently been approved by ENAC (The National Accreditation Body) as a Certification Body for Personal Protection Equipment in compliance with ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

AITEX has recently been approved by ENAC (The National Accreditation Body) as a Certification Body for Personal Protection Equipment in compliance with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 within EU Regulation 2016/425, under the following evaluation of conformity schemes: Module B (EU Type Examination), Module C2 (Conformity of type based on production monitoring plus random supervised product monitoring) and Module D (Conformity of Type based on production QA).

The scope of Approval 155 C-PR364 granted to AITEX can be viewed on ENAC’s website (www.enac.es) covering the scope, products and hazards that AITEX can test. AITEX is also registered as Notified Body number 161 on the European Commission’s website (nando).

This new approval enables AITEX to provide certification of category II and III PPEs as both types require the application of Module B and, in the case of Category III, either Module C2 or D.

Depending on the evaluation procedure within (EU) 2016/425 which the client requires AITEX to test for as a Notified Body:

Module B: the EU Examination of Type is the part of the evaluation procedure that a Notified Body uses to approve the technical design of a PPE, verifying and certifying that the design complies with essential health and safety requirements required by the Regulation.

Module C2: the Notified Body will test the product to verify the QA procedures during manufacture and the homogeneity of the PPE and its conformity with the type described on the EU Type Examination Certificate and applicable health and safety requirements.

Module D: the Notified Body will evaluate the internal QA system to verify compliance with the requirements referred to in para. 3.2 Annexe VIII. It shall presume conformity with those requirements in respect of the elements of the quality system that comply with the corresponding specifications of the applicable harmonised standard.

The accreditation process integrated the requirements of ISO / IEC 17065: 2012 to the systems that AITEX previously applied, to certify under the conformity assessment schemes of Module B and C2 Personal Protection Equipment, establishing for these products the application procedures for Module D, which AITEX had previously only used for Marine Equipment. Thus, by integrating systematics with different scopes, AITEX has standardised within a single Accreditation Scope, the certifications for which it is approved, specifically in 155 C-PR364. For further details, visit the official ENAC website.

For more information:

ENAC: www.enac.es

European Commission:  Notified bodies nando

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Research and development of smart textiles using embroidery

R+D PROJECTS

20th November 2019

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The introduction of new Information Technology and Industry 4.0 in the textile and garment industries is growing year by year, yet despite this growth it is still difficult for the consumer to find wearables and smart textiles on the high street. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the use of automated machinery and IT tools in smart textile manufacturing is still limited.
A smart (or domotic) environment is one that is able to learn from its inhabitants and the surroundings and adapt to them. This definition not only supposes the ability to gather data on the surroundings and inhabitants and act accordingly, but that the environment itself is able to infer appropriate strategies based on observation and a knowledge of the inhabitant’s preferences.
Research in domotics focuses on enhancing the user’s quality of life by employing a range of integrated technologies to provide new services or enhance those already available.

 

The E-BRODER II project is researching and developing smart textiles using embroidery technology to create domotic applications and the project’s second year has concentrated on continuing the three ongoing lines of research to achieve better performance.

[+] Information on E-broder II

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PRESENTATION OF THE SECOND SEAT TEXTILE CHALLENGE
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The second SEAT textile challenge, organised by AITEX-UPV Chair, was presented on the 21st of November.

The activity is included within the framework of the AITEX-UPV Chair programme and is designed to enable multidisciplinary groups of students at the Valencia Polytechnic to promote new innovative ideas focused on sustainability by applying textile technology in the car industry.
At the SEAT plant in Martorell, the students were given a presentation that stressed the importance of SEAT’s sustainability strategy. As well as encouraging students to take part in the second SEAT CHALLENGE where they can put forward new ideas on sustainability in the car industry using textile technology.
During the session, AITEX exhibited the research lines the Institute is currently developing related to sustainability and new materials in the car industry.
Participation in the challenge is aimed at students at Valencia Polytechnic University studying any degree or masters who are interested in introducing innovations to the car industry.

Awards

A first prize of 2,000€ is awarded to the winning team, with a second prize worth 1,000€, and a third prize of 500€. SEAT will also choose from among the participants, one person who will begin a work experience programme.

The forthcoming SEAT sessions will take place on the following dates, so students can start to prepare their ideas for presentation:

2nd session: Creativity. 28/11/19
3rd session: Selection of ideas. 12/12/19
4th session: Prototypes. 06/02/20
5th session: Briefing SEAT. 20/02/20

The semi-final will be held at AITEX on the 5th of March and the final will take place on the 26th of March at SEAT in Martorell, when the finalists will get a tour of the SEAT Catalonia plant.
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High value solutions for strategic markets

R+D PROJECTS

22nd November 2019

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R+D at the service of the textile industry to create and transfer value-added factors.

High added-value solutions for emerging strategic markets. AITEX concentrates its research efforts on the following fields:

  • Functional textile products for health, sport and personal protection
  • Textile solutions for environmental and human protection
  • Textile solutions for construction and habitat; energy efficiency and smart interior design
  • Textile solutions for transport systems; lighter, cleaner, safer
  • Personalised, functional fashion products.

AITEX is working on R+D for the following projects:

OPTI-ACE

The principal goal of OPTI-ACE is to integrate optical sensors into fabrics for use in the manufacture of sports clothing and articles that can harvest and process performance data to evaluate and enhance the player’s performance.

[+] Information on  OPTI-ACE

GREENFILS

The GREENFILS project has developed flat ribbons of PLA and PHB with two goals in mind: firstly, to study the effect of certain variables – the temperature of the cooling bath, godet speed, stretch ratio, post treatments, the presence of a nucleating agent in the polymer and the time after extrusion – on the material’s mechanical properties.  Secondly, a compostability study of the two biomaterials with respect to ISO 20200:2015.

[+] Information on GREENFILS

TECOS

The TeCos project studies the evolution of thermoplastic composite technology by incorporating new production processes. The resulting developments will be implemented through four work packages in which the use of recycled carbon fibre (rCF) plays an important role.

[+] Information on TeCoS


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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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.

[+] for more information on BIENESMART

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.

[+] for more information on STAR

 

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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