IFAST 2021

ifastThe International Forum on Advanced and digitalised Smart Textiles (IFAST) will take place online, on 15 and 16 June 2021, with the objective to evaluate the development of advanced smart textiles in the European defence sector, aiming at laying the foundation of a possible European future dual use programme for multifunctional smart textiles.

The event is organised within a European Defence Agency (EDA) project, “Smart textiles in defence: looking at the soldiers of the future (STILE)”, targeting the reach of a proof of concept of a multifunctional smart textile model in defence. Due to its peculiarities, the STILE model is embedded within the dual use ecosystem, which is expected to get the attention of the EU industrial/research policy in the upcoming years.

The event will gather relevant stakeholders coming from governmental defence bodies, industry (dual use), academia and R&T communities, as well as European institutions and organizations.

The IFAST forum is composed of an Exhibition Centre, where industries, academia and research organisations can have a free booth (virtual stand) to showcase their products, services and projects in the areas of smart/advanced/digitalised textiles, and a Conference Area, organised in the following panels:

  • Panel 1. Foresight on advanced and digitalised smart textiles in the European defence sector. 
  • Panel 2. Visualising a European dual use programme for multifunctional smart textiles.

The conference will take place on 15 June 2021, while the exhibition centre will be accessible on 15 June and the morning of 16 June 2021.
Participants are offered a free opportunity to provide an abstract and a poster, using the ad hoc templates that can be downloaded in the IFAST website (

The participation to the IFAST Exhibition area (15 June and morning of 16 June) will be based on the submission of an abstract describing the company products, services or projects.

Participants are also welcomed to ask for a place in the pitching session (that will take place in the morning of 16 June). Since the time slots for pitches are limited, the IFAST Organising Committee will make a selection on the basis of the abstracts submitted by the pitch applicants, based on their originality, technical quality and scientific merit. Participants requesting a virtual booth will get priority in the selection. Those participants, whose abstract will not be selected for the pitching session, will be offered to show a poster in a specific booth within the IFAST Exhibition area. Therefore, the exhibitors are kindly asked to submit also a poster, in case their abstract will not be selected for the pitching session.

Participants can also submit only an abstract, without any other option.

All the abstracts received with the proper content and format presentation will be included in a book of abstracts related to the Conference and Exhibition areas, which will be published after the IFAST event (with ISBN). The deadline to submit the abstracts/posters is 1 June 2021.

Only abstracts/posters coming from registered exhibitors will be considered for the booths, pitch session and book of abstracts.

In addition, the participants can become partners of the IFAST exhibition centre, under the commitment to submit an abstract and to contribute to the dissemination of the event through their network. Partners are offered a free opportunity to get their logo published on the IFAST website.

Further information about the International Forum IFAST (e.g. programme, speakers) can be found on the website

The registration is already open and can be made through the IFAST website at the link

The participants are kindly invited to use the contact form on the website in order to receive more information on the above mentioned opportunities (e.g. booth, abstract/poster, pitch, partnership, registration) or sending an email directly to the functional mailbox

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16th of December 2020

A new mentality is emerging among companies in the textile industry: aware of the impact the sector has on the environment, concern for sustainability is on the rise.

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AITEX has set up a new Technical Unit for Sustainability and the Circular Economy to enable textile companies to improve their positioning as environmentally sustainable companies and to generate business opportunities by changing to new circular models. Some of the main actions of this new Technical Unit include:

  1. Environmental Sustainability and Circular Economy Audit. Analysis of the situation of companies from the perspective of raw material consumption, process efficiency, waste generation, environmental impact of products or communication management. The aim is to stimulate the integration of environmental sustainability into the company’s own strategy by offering a starting point for the implementation of specific improvement actions via a report on recommendations.
  2. Energy audit. The following energy services are offered by external specialised companies: comprehensive energy efficiency audit (gas, electricity, water), optimisation of gas and electricity contracting, 100% green energy supply guarantee, ECRAS (R) energy monitoring platform and measurement hardware, certificate of excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy plan. Please note that until 31/12/2020, there is a subsidy of up to 40% available from IVACE.
  3. Laboratory tests. Biodegradability, quality control and certification studies, according to international sustainability standards and regulations.
  4. R&D&I projects. Development of more sustainable products, the application and use of new technologies with lower energy consumption, water resources and chemical products, and Ecodesign as a starting point for the manufacture of more environmentally sustainable products and processes.
  5. Offer of specific technical courses according to needs.
  6. Technological surveillance. Continuous technological surveillance service to capture and identify all those initiatives and new sustainable technologies that can be replicated in the textile sector, as well as all the regulations that have a direct impact on the sector.
  7. Regular updates on sustainability and the Circular Economy. A Circular Economy and Sustainability Guide has been published for the textile sector. A specific guide for the textile sector in which the most relevant aspects for companies in the area of environmental sustainability will be clarified, by chapter: environmental terms, materials, design for recycling, regulations or available processes and technologies. The Guide is distributed free of charge through the AITEX newsletters.

To find out more about these services, please contact Ana Rodes by email at or by telephone on 661537647.

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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 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.


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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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:
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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.


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 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: (

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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.


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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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 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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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

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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 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: 

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