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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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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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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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TRAINING ACTIVITIES IN R+D+I AIMED AT THE UNEMPLOYED
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El Consell approves agreements with four technology institutes to provide R+D+I training for the unemployed

AITEX is to develop training courses at its Alcoy facilities and the Paterna technical unit. One of the main purposes of LABORA is to offer unemployed people training to help them find employment.

The Consell has approved collaboration agreements between the Valencian Employment and Training Service (LABORA) and regional technological Institutes, including AITEX.

These agreements, which will run until December 31, 2019, are designed to deliver training activities in the field of R & D & I, aimed principally at the unemployed.
The agreements respond to one of the main objectives of LABORA, which is to offer unemployed people training appropriate to the needs of the job market to improve their chances of finding work.
Most of the training actions offered by LABORA enable students to obtain an official professional certificate that accredits their training for the performance of their profession, to improve their employment prospects.
Over the next few months, the following courses will be run by AITEX:
– The design and development of technical textile products
– The use of digital tools for product design and development
– 3D printing: design and technologies
– The circular economy: zero waste in the textile industry
– Business Intelligence in textile innovation

More information: 

AITEX Education Department formacion@aitex.es

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TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS NEED TRAINED OPERATORS

The collaboration between the IES Cotes Baixes Alcoy, ATEVAL and AITEX, has enabled a completely renewed training programme to be launched that is adapted to the needs of the companies, in which students will combine theoretical studies with business practices from the outset.

The Middle Grade Textile Training Cycle in Manufacture and Ennoblement of Textile Products taught by the IES Cotes Baixes de Alcoy, (unique in the Valencian Community), has created a new model of DUAL FP. Students who study the programme can combine internships with the theoretical knowledge taught in the centre from the first day. In turn, the centre is committed to providing students with the most advanced textile knowledge, from obtaining the raw material to the finished product.

Throughout the Training Cycle, students will alternate 3 days’ work placement with 2 days in the training centre, making a total of 2,000 hours of internships in local textile companies to help them find employment. In addition, the dual-model nature of this innovative training system will allow students to earn an income from the first day of the two courses.

If you are interested in signing up, contact IES Cotes Baixes de Alcoy.

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DUAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Dual Vocational Training relies on greater collaboration and participation from companies in Vocational Training systems, promoting a more active role for the company in the student’s own training process, so employers gain a greater understanding of the training that young people receive. This training is increasingly adapted to the demands of the production sectors and the specific needs of companies. With dual training, the idea is that the company and the vocational training centres strengthen their links, join forces and help prospective employees find work during the training period.

For more information: 

IES Cotes Baixes Alcoy: https://formaciontextilword.wordpress.com/ 

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Presentation of the ”SEAT TEXTILE CHALLENGE’

On February 28, representatives of SEAT-Martorrell, who travelled to Alcoy to present the challenge to the students, presented the ‘SEAT TEXTILE CHALLENGE’ prizes, organized by the AITEX-UPV Chair.

This activity is part of the AITEX-UPV Chair programme of events, whose objective is that students of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, working in multidisciplinary groups, promote innovative ideas on the development of new functionalities, using textile technology in vehicles.

The challenge is open to students of the Polytechnic University of Valencia studying any degree or master, who wish to innovate in the automotive sector.

Awards

A first prize of €2,000 will be awarded to the winning team and a second prize of €1,000 for the runners up. In addition, SEAT will select an applicant with the right profile from among all the participants to become a trainee.
The final will be held at the end of June at the SEAT facilities in Martorell, where the finalists can visit the SEAT plant in Catalonia.

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AITEX challenge 2019

AITEX challenge 2019

by Neus Jorda
HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE OF ATHLETES BY INCORPORATING TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY?
AITEX  wants to reward the most innovative ideas covered by the challenge

The objective is for students to propose new products and new functionalities in textile products that help improve the athlete’s experience (clothes and accessories).

What does “The experience of the athlete” mean? It is an amalgam of all the perceptions that the wearer has during sport. In this particular case, it includes the athlete’s sensations as they interact with textile garments or accessories (usability, design, comfort, etc.).

The competition is open to all 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th students of E.S.O. in the Valencian Community. The proposals will be presented in teams of between 2 and 4 participants.
The deadline for submission of entries is 03/20/2019.
Entries will be evaluated within the following criteria: quality of the submitted proposal, resolution of the proposed problem, innovative and technological design and the viability of the submitted proposal.

More information and registration at: https://www.aitex.es/retoaitex2019/

Documentation: (Spanish)

Bases del concurso

Anexo I: solicitud de inscripción

Anexo II: memoria técnica

Ejemplos textiles

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3rd Home Textiles Competition organised by the AITEX-UPV Chair

On November 8th, the presentation took place of the 3rd Edition of the Home Textiles Competition, organised by the AITEX-UPV Chair.

The event was used to present the Habitat Trends Handbook, to introduce students to trending styles in habitat.

Around a hundred students from the UPV and the Superior School of Design in Alcoy attended and were given the opportunity to participate in a WORKSHOP organised by AITEX technicians from the Habitat Trends Observatory working group (OTH) that developed the Habitat Trends Handbook 19/20.

The students organised themselves into groups to create and develop a moodboard inspired by trends, with different elements including fabric samples, illustrations, messages and colours to create a practical demonstration of the habitat trends presented at the event.

Presentación 3ª Edición Concurso Home textiles

More information:

Blog AITEX-UPV: http://catedraaitex.blogs.upv.es/

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Presentation of the trends handbook 2019-2020 at “Fashion child”

AEI de la Infancia, in collaboration with ASEPRI and the technology institutes AIJU and AITEX have organised an event to take place on the 17th October in Alicante, at which the Trends Handbook 2019-2020, published by the childcare and children’s fashion sectors will be presented.

The Asociación de Empresas Innovadoras de la infancia (AEI de la Infancia) will present its first Children’s Fashion Trends Handbook, which is the result of the PROSPEINFANCIA 4.0 project: – Prospecting trends in children’s products and incorporating them into the manufacturing process using digital technology, which has been supported by the Ministry for Economy, Industry and Competitiveness with the participation of AITEX, ASEPRI, Tutto Piccolo and Paz Rodriguez.

The handbook provides management and product advisers with key data on market trends and innovations that will help them make informed decisions with regards to designing children’s fashion products.

Anyone using the handbook will gain insights into the why’s and wherefores of upcoming trends from a strategic perspective, enabling them to steer their own design projects more efficiently and innovatively.

Research and the analysis of innovations in product design, the sociocultural environment and the behaviour of the market were all crucial for profiling 5 key topics that will affect design trends in the coming seasons.

 

 

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