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THE AITEX CHALLENGE 2019 AWARDS CEREMONY FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS.
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154 students participated in the first AITEX CHALLENGE 2019, presenting 47 projects in response to the challenge presented by AITEX entitled “How can we improve the experience of athletes by incorporating technology in textiles?”

The purpose of the competition is to recognise the most innovative ideas related to sport and textile technology. Students presented new products and / or functionalities in textile products.
154 students from training centres in Alcoy, Banyeres de Mariola, Canals, Cocentaina, Muro de Alcoy, Ontinyent and Valencia participated. The students’ projects included t-shirts with heart rate control, smart swimming caps, shoe insoles with smart sensors, heated sports leggings and boxing gloves with speed sensors, among others. The winners were:

1st Prize
Training Centre: San José de Calasanz (Valencia)
Project title: Compression and heated leggings using electroactive and resistive polymers.
Team members:
• Ana Navarro Hernández
• Alejandra Moreno Rey
• Clara García Agost

2nd Prize
Training Centre: San Roque School (Alcoy)
Project title: Step by AITEX
Team members:
• Adela Fuentes Gadea
• Isabel Valor Romá

3rd Prize
Training Centre: IES Cotes Baixes (Alcoy)
Project title: Horn
Team members: Step by AITEX
• Teo Senabre Rodríguez
• Laia Andrés Vayá
• Carla Dominguez Bayón

The projects were judged according to the quality of the submitted proposal, resolution of the proposed problem, innovative and technological design and the viability of the proposal presented. The jury was composed of AITEX’s R & D professionals in smart textiles and ICT solutions, technical finishes, health and sports, and comfort.

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HOME TEXTILES AWARDS
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The AITEX-UPV Chair hosted the presentation and delivery of the Third Home Textile Awards on June 14th. Two categories were awarded; one for printing and the other for Jacquard. The awards ceremony was attended by José Luis Cueto Lominchar, vice-rector of students, culture and sport of the UPV, Juan Ignacio Torregrosa, director of the Campus of Alcoy of the UPV and Rafael Pascual, president of AITEX. All present praised the quality and the high number of entries in both categories.

The jury was made up of representatives from the private sector: Francisco Jover SA, Orts Payá SL, Viuda from Rafael Gandía S.A, Hilados Muravo SLU, Eduardo Díaz, president of UNIFAM, Ramón Sabater, of Feria Valencia and Humberto Martínez, director of the Textil Express magazine. The projects were judged for originality, creativity, trends, technical quality, design and presentation. The following prizes were awarded:

Printing:
1st prize of €1000 for the UBUNTU project presented by Borja Salido García, a student of Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the UPV.
2nd prize of €500 for the FUNNY FOREST project presented by Laura Díaz, a student of Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the UPV.
3rd prize of €250 for the FIXEA project presented by Saúl Pérez, a student of Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the UPV.

Jacquard:
1st prize of €1500 for the MONARCA project presented by Mª Cristina Puchades, student of AITEX’s weaving course.
2nd prize of €1000 to the PINEAPPLE project presented by Mª Cristina Puchades, student of the AITEX’s weaving course.
3rd prize of €500 for the project GIRASOLES ANTHOS presented by Ana Martí Martín, student of AITEX’s weaving course.

The winners will also have the opportunity to present their projects to textile manufacturers at the upcoming international fair Home Textiles Premium, held in the Caja Mágica in Madrid from September 11 to 13. The 31 projects submitted will be exhibited in the Exhibition Hall of the Industrial Circle during June from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The goal of the competition is to reward the best designs and developments of creative fabrics with applications in home textile products, using printing or jacquard technique, in addition to awakening in the young an interest in the textile world and to see textiles as an exciting employment opportunity.

The AITEX Chair is the result of collaboration between the two institutions to carry out activities of a common interest. Its purpose is the promotion and development of activities that contribute to the positioning of the textile sector, both at university level and in society in general. The Chair aims to raise the profile of the textile industry as an attractive, multidisciplinary sector with a bright future.

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The next edition of ITMA in Barcelona from the 20th to the 26th of June

AITEX will be present at the next edition of the ITMA international fair from June 20th to 26th at Fira Barcelona

The Institute will be at stand UL D106 in the Research & Innovation hall (UL), where we will present the technological innovations, new fabrics and equipment certifications in the different sectors and the R & D projects we are developing. In addition to presenting more than 50 experimental plants where high value-added solutions are developed for technical markets for technical, smart textiles and new high-performance materials. An added attraction this year is the chance for visitors to view some of the testing carried out at AITEX in virtual reality.

ITMA has become the leading international textile machinery exhibition and exhibitors from 45 countries take the opportunity to present the latest trends and technologies at the four-yearly event. Decision makers and entrepreneurs in the textile industry and students have the opportunity to find out all about the industry at the fair.

Technological innovation is a basic element of the textile and garment industry’s evolution and fundamental for its success.

For more information:

ITMA 2019: https://www.itma.com

Catálogo informativo ITMA

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More than 420 students take part in the AITEX 2019 Olympics
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The director of AITEX, Vicente Blanes, was on hand early to open the AITEX Olympics for fourth-year high school students. The motto of the Olympics is ‘Young people trained for modern textile industry’. More than 420 students took part in the Francisco Laporta Sports Centre in Alcoy from the following high schools: Las Carmelitas, Las Esclavas, José Arnauda, La Salle, IES Cotes Baixes, IES Andreu Sempere, Santa Ana, San Vicente de Paul y Salesianos San Vicente Ferrer.

Throughout the morning of April 30, students took part in various activities such as paddle tennis, volleyball, paintball track, handball, mad race obstacle course, golf simulator, videogames and a mountain bike circuit. In addition they all participated in an orientation circuit which involved following a series of clues around the sports centre to demonstrate their understanding of the different sectors in the textile sector. A fun and educational way of finding out by the industry and its different sectors.

Rafael Pascual closed the Olympics with a speech thanking all the students who attended and also the City of Alcoy for its support. He underlined the importance for young people to be aware of the employment possibilities in the textile industry and its bright future. Alberto Belda, councillor of education and sports in Alcoy, spoke on the importance of the activities to promote sports among the young and that the day was a fun way to learn more about the textile sector. To end the conference, AITEX raffled 9 mountain bikes, one for each training centre, among all the participants.

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AITEX’s 2019 Science Campus for third and fourth year high school students
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There are 30 grants available; 15 for third year students and 15 for fourth year students.

The Institute has launched the “AITEX Scientific Campus” to support and encourage young people to study scientific and technical qualifications with applications in the textile industry. The idea is to give students hands-on experience in science and its use in problem solving in various fields of research and innovation, as well as promoting coexistence among students from different teaching centres.

The Campus will take place at the AITEX facilities in Alcoy, from June 24 to July 5, 2019, in two 5-day sessions, from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: third and fourth-year students from around the central regions of the Valencian Community will be able to participate in the program.

The Campus will take place at the AITEX facilities in Alcoy, from June 24 to July 5, 2019, in two 5-day sessions, from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: third and fourth-year students from around the central regions of the Valencian Community will be able to participate in the program.During the course at AITEX, students will visit and learn in the Institute’s laboratories: the chemical laboratory, where they can learn about the essays and certifications of wastewater and environment, health and cosmetics, microbiology and chemical analysis. The physical laboratory, geotextiles and sports surfaces. The core accounts laboratory where agreements are signed with companies to perform QA and testing for harmful substances. The fire behaviour laboratory for textile and construction materials. The protective clothing laboratory, to visit the fall tower facilities and different equipment for conducting tests for head, hearing, facial / eye, respiratory, insulation, clothing and gloves and the comfort laboratory, with its rain tower equipment, wind tunnel and climatic chambers.

Additionally the students will gain an insight into the research and development work carried out by the Institute’s R & D groups, and visit the facilities of the various experimental plants of the following groups:

  • Technical Fibres and Nanotechnology (Experimental Plants).
  • Materials and Sustainability (Experimental Plants).
  • Smart Textiles and ICT Solutions (Experimental Plants).
  • Technical Finishes, Health and Biotechnology (Experimental Plants).
  • Innovation in Fashion, Design and Garment-making (Experimental Plants).

During the AITEX Scientific Campus, students will also visit textile companies in the area to see the industry’s most up to date and innovative manufacturing facilities.

Subscription is open until 7th June 2019.
After subscriptions close, AITEX will publish the list of successful applicants at www.addyng.com.

For more information:

See the requirements and application form at: https://addyng.com/addyng-en-accion/campus-cientifico-aitex-2019

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Registration open for the 7th “Companies with a Human Face” Symposium
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The 13th of June will see the 7th “Companies with a Human Face” Symposium organised by the Chair for Mission Management and Corporate Government of the Catalonia International University (UIC).

The subject of the Symposium is «the future of work», and the day will be a chance for business people, managers, academics and researchers to meet and discuss their concerns and hopes for better management of organisations based on the full development of human potential.

The symposium will take place in the Auditorio Sophia at the Hotel Las Arenas in Valencia.

As a member of the Mission Management Chair, AITEX has a range of special offers available:

      • AITEX associated company (first enrolled person): free
      • AITEX associated company (each additional enrolled person): 60€ per person.
      • AITEX clients: 60€ per person.

For more information and enrolment forms: http://direccionpormisiones.uic.es/13-de-junio-la-fecha-del-7o-simposio-empresas-con-rostro-humano/

Contact:

Quico Sempere – Institutional Department

qsempere@aitex.es

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AITEX will be in attendance at TECHTEXTIL Frankfurt from the 14 to the 17 of May

AITEX will be at the upcoming international technical textile fair, Techtextil Frankfurt, which will take place from the 14th to the 17th May.

The AITEX Technological Institute will be in Hall 3.1 stand B53, showing the innovations and R & D projects that the Institute is currently developing, in addition to introducing the 50 experimental plants where value-added solutions are developed for technical markets, and where we develop and research smart, technical textiles and new high-performance materials.

The Techtextil fair is the largest international exhibition of technical textiles, nonwovens and functional clothing textiles. The fair is the world’s leading platform for researchers, engineers, manufacturers and users of technical textiles with applications in fashion, sports, personal protection, construction, medicine, agriculture and the automotive industry.

The motto of the 2019 edition is ‘Space for innovation’, and visitors will be able to attend exhibitions as well as enjoy an extensive program of conferences by experts on different areas of application in the Techtextil Forum.

Alongside Techtextil, Texprocess will showcase all the latest innovations in machines, services and solutions for the textile industry of the future.

Techtextil and Texprocess bring together 1,800 international companies and 47,000 professional visitors from around the world.

More information:

Techtextil: https://techtextil.messefrankfurt.com

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Workshop: ‘The textile future: digital and global’

On April 9th, AITEX held the “Textile Future: digital and global’ workshop on the reference points in the global market: consumption, international trends and digitalisation. The day was supported jointly by ATEVAL, Home textiles from Spain, Home textiles premium by TEXTILHOGAR, Feria Valencia and the Creativewear Project.

In the first presentation, Francesco Bolli and Serena Ponticelli, from Patro Textile Museum, introduced a cataloguing software – Patro Heritage Hub Experience – for the management of the museum’s content and exhibits, developed within the European CREATIVEWEARproject, in which AITEX also participates. During the session there was a demonstration of the software’s most important tools, and the installation and configuration requirements for the free HERITAGE MANAGER software which digitises textile design files.

The following presentation, by Rosa María Herrero, CEO of InfinityInner, presented the CUBE zone which will feature in the next edition of Home Textiles Premium by TEXTILHOGAR. CUBE is a CONTRACT FURNISHING space which will include presentations by publishers and interior designs by experts in contract furnishing who will decorate a series of inspiring interiors. Leila Bachetarzi from ATEVAL spoke about the profile of foreign buyers who have been invited to Home Textiles Premium by TEXTILHOGAR, to be held in Madrid from 11 to 13 September at the Caja Magical.
The day’s last lecture was ‘Trends for home textiles 19/20’, a study prepared by AITEX and Metrocomunicación, looking at the latest trends, keys and ideas that will influence textiles and home furnishing in 2020.

The Conference was brought to a finish by José Ramón Revert, President of Home Textiles Premium and Vice President of AITEX, who encouraged all present to get passionate about the innovations appearing in the exciting world of textiles.

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Presentation of the 2018 AITEX business awards for innovation and sustainability

On March 8, the 2018 AITEX Business Awards for Innovation and Sustainability were presented at the headquarters of AITEX. 22 companies in the Valencian textile sector attended this first call.

The president of AITEX, Rafael Pascual, opened the day and reminded the audience that the objective of the AITEX Business Awards is to recognise the innovative and sustainable work of companies in the sector. In this edition, two awards were given: the AITEX Innovation Award and the AITEX Sustainability Award. There is a first prize of €10,000 and a second prize of €5,000 in each.

In the first edition of the Business Awards, five companies received awards from the jury composed of: Julia Company Sanus, General Director of IVACE; José Vicente Serna Revert, Secretary General of ATEVAL; Carlos Roa Carrión, CDTI textile project evaluator; Rafael Balart Gimeno, Polytechnic University of Valencia – Alcoy Campus, and Pablo Díaz García, Polytechnic University of Valencia – Alcoy Campus.

The evaluation criteria are the value proposal, its quality, the innovation and results, its socio-economic impact and other relevant aspects such as employability, corporate commitment, collaboration, etc. as well as its environmental impact, in the case of the Sustainability Award.

The winners were:

2018 BUSINESS AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Francisco Jover, S.A., second prize in the sustainability category. Currently the company is opening new technical markets, and one of its main objectives is to respect the environment to the fullest. The company has always been committed to maximum output with minimum environmental impact. The company currently produces 73.3% of the energy it consumes, both electric and thermal. This investment is always in continuous improvement by implementing new methods, improving equipment and reducing consumption.

Hilaturas Ferre, S.A., first prize in the sustainability category. The company’s core activity is the mechanical recycling of textile waste and other materials. Their project stems from the company’s earliest days since it has always specialised in recycled materials. The Recover Project works in two areas, introducing circularity to textile companies that were unaware of its possibilities, and secondly its innovative marketing plan for the product.

2018 BUSINESS AWARDS FOR INNOVATION

Protect textil 1980, S.L., second prize in the innovation category. At Protect textile, they insist that to be able to distinguish themselves as a textile manufacturer, they must innovate and invest in product development. The project is for a fabric with specific coatings that can shield from radiation emitted by the readers that goods pass through in logistics systems where boxes contain various articles. The product indicates to the reader what the box contains and the number of units.

Tejidos Royo, S.L., second prize in the innovation category. The project Dry Indigo concerns dyeing denim fabric without water in a more sustainable process that consumes less energy and water, to be more competitive in the global market. The method saves between 70-80% of energy, 100% of water consumption, and the process is much faster, dyeing more metres in less time.

MLS textiles 1992, S.L., first prize in the innovation category. The company manufactures hosiery and first-layer sports clothing. The garments are made using a different weaving system and are very lightweight delicate fabrics. The project is the development of a textile product with the same characteristics of its other products: comfort, breathability, antibacterial, easy drying and lightweight but with the ability to support weight. This innovative product meets the needs of its customers and gives the company the corporate image of being at the forefront of the market.

Rafael Pascual closed the awards by thanking all the companies for their participation, and revealed that 2019 edition of the AITEX Business Awards, will be open to companies across Spain.

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Design as a motor for value in the fashion industry

On March 1 the ‘Design as a generator of value in the fashion industry’ conference took place in the Prince Felipe Museum of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, attended by more than 150 international designers, experts and artisans.

Rafael Pascual, President of AITEX, Julia Company, Director General of IVACE and Silvia Draghi, from the European Commission gave the opening speeches.

The keynote speaker was David Parrish, with his presentation ‘How to become a successful entrepreneur in the creative industry’. Parrish inspired attendees by showing how to best use creative business models, competitive advantages, strategic marketing, intellectual property, among others.

Julia Körner spoke on ‘The importance of 3D printing for the fashion industry’. Körner is an award-winning designer who works at the convergence of architecture, fashion and product design, specialising in Additive Manufacturing and Robotics. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums, institutions and publications of world renown, and she is recognised at the highest level of her discipline.

Natsai A. Chieza is a designer, facilitator of changes and speaker who works at the intersection of the creative and biotechnology industries. She is the founder and director of Faber Futures, a London-based biodesign laboratory that is catalysing the alignment of DNA-scale engineering with the methods and principles of critical design thinking for the circular economy. She spoke of her experience in ‘New generation of biomaterials and their convergence with technology and design’.

She was followed by Koen Snoeckx, who spoke about the growing importance of interdisciplinarity as a source of innovation in the new social paradigm.

The day ended with a round table with experts from the fashion industry where the new paradigms and the evolution of the industry were discussed. Joep Paemen ended with the presentation ‘Design Thinking’, which focused on a human-centred approach to innovation, the value proposition and the design of successful experiences.

The seminar formed part of the project “INDIPRO – RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL DESIGN AND PROTOTYPE APPLIED TO CLOTHING”, funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball through IVACE.

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