Seat Textile Challenge (25)

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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22nd November 2019


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:


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


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


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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29th October 2019


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:


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.

[+] for more information onDENTALTEX II


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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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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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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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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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.
Article published in the AITEX review nº63: reed more
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28th October 2019

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.

[+] for more information on TPTex

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EncuentroDinamizacionTextil (76)

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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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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El proceso de compra, en el que consumidor toma toda una serie de decisiones que conducen a la adquisición de un bien de cualquier tipo. Este proceso es complejo y está condicionado por toda una serie de factores ampliamente estudiados por los expertos en marketing. En este sentido, existe consenso al afirmar que la personalización del producto es una estrategia de marketing fundamental, a través de la cual la empresa es capaz de ofrecer al consumidor aquello que realmente, y de manera inequívoca, está buscando. Y esto es así porque a todo consumidor prefiere adquirir productos que sean únicos, que reflejen su personalidad, que trasmitan su ideales o preferencias. En determinadas circunstancias, incluso, la personalización de un producto se da porque este producto va a ser objeto de un regalo a un tercero o porque, simplemente, el consumidor se divierte haciendo valer esta posibilidad de personalización del artículo. En definitiva, la personalización va ligada a una mayor satisfacción de compra y una fidelización del cliente por una marca/empresa.


Esto, obviamente, no son unas premisas totalmente rupturistas o innovadoras desde el punto de vista de la gestión empresarial. En concreto, el concepto específico de la mass customization cuenta con una trayectoria y experiencias de más de 30 años. Este término, acuñado por Stan Davis (Future Perfect, 1987), es definido como un sistema que permite acercar a la empresa los intereses de sus clientes y atender de manera más rápida y completa sus necesidades o exigencias. En otras palabras, supone fabricar y prestar servicios para hacer frente a las demandas del mercado, adaptando los productos y servicios a las necesidades del consumidor.

Starbucks comenzó con esta práctica. Coca Cola (después han venido otras marcas) lanzó una campaña para personalizar las latas con los nombres más comunes de los españoles con la que quiso rendir homenaje a los consumidores a través de sus envases.

¿Cómo implementar la personalización de producto en mi organización?

Como en otros órdenes de la estrategia empresarial, cada organización, cada unidad de negocio, o cada línea de producto, precisa de acometer un análisis detallado y específico de su cadena de valor, sus capacidades, limitaciones, etc. En términos generales, se pueda afirmar que, al menos, se requieren estrategias concretas focalizadas en el cliente, con un fuerte componente de I+D+i, teniendo en cuenta las capacidades productivas, el sistema logístico, la sostenibilidad y la viabilidad técnico-económica del proyecto en sí mismo.

La personalización en la Industria 4.0 y sus ventajas competitivas inherentes

Por lo expuesto, la personalización abrió hace 30 años una nueva ventana de oportunidades a la industria, y gracias al conjunto de tecnologías que dan forma a la conocida como Industria 4.0, actualmente se da un entorno favorable y muy accesible para que las pymes para puedan acceder a todas las ventajas que sus planteamientos otorgan. En esencia, asistimos a un momento inmejorable para configurar soluciones a medida muy diversas, sin un aumento significativo de los costos, siendo este componente de la personalización, en la mayoría de los casos, impulsor de ventajas competitivas estratégicas con un importante retorno económico.


PLATECMA, la Plataforma Tecnológica de Sectores Manufactureros, organiza la Jornada “PERSONALIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTO: LA CLAVE DE LA DIFERENCIACIÓN” el próximo día 7 de noviembre, en la que se abordará esta temática. En el siguiente enlace encontrarán más información acerca del evento y cómo inscribirse.

El objetivo es analizar la personalización de producto desde el punto de vista de los sectores manufactureros como el cerámico, el juguetero, el textil, el de metal, la madera, etc.

Dicha Jornada se celebrará en las instalaciones de la empresa SUAVINEX S.A. (Polígono Industrial las Atalayas Calle del Marco, parcela R88, 03114 Alicante), que formará parte de la mesa redonda y al cierre de la jornada se realizará una visita guiada a las instalaciones de la empresa.



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R+D Projects

20th of February 2020

Global clothing sector output stands at 100 billion garments annually, causing huge environmental problems throughout the manufacturing chain. The supply of raw materials, the production and use of chemical products and water, atmospheric emissions and waste generated in the production and post-production phases are compromising the natural balance of ecosystems.

Society and in particular the textile sector, are becoming increasingly committed to sustainable manufacturing to develop fabrics and chemical-free products using natural products and using renewable materials. These efforts will prevent as far as possible, the use and contamination of water and air, protect the soil, reduce waste and save energy to help decrease global warming.

AITEX’s Technical Finishes, Environment and Health Research Group, together with manufacturers has been investigating different eco technologies and the use of natural products, analysing the advantages and limitations they represent.

The main objective of this project is to research different eco technologies in pre and post-dye treatment using natural dyes to develop new products for the clothing and habitat sector, while analysing, demonstrating and measuring the advantages that these technologies offer over traditional technologies. To achieve the main objective of the project, it was decided to divide it into different secondary objectives according to the technology used, establishing a series of expected results, which were fulfilled throughout the project and described below

• A study of the possible effects of dyeing using natural dyes with the micronising technique that minimises the consumption of water and chemicals and eliminates spillage.

The combination of dyes and auxiliaries of natural origin and with sustainable process technologies turns out to be a valid ecological alternative when compared to traditional production processes. Homogeneous and reproducible dyes using micro misting technology and the use of dyes of natural origin. Creating a range of colours by varying mordents, blends of unit dyes and trichrome staining.


Fixing natural plant dyes on fabrics and garments by batch dyeing, obtaining a representative and wide ranging palette to meet fashion trends, developing formulations and prototypes using different mordents; Alumbre Potassium, Aluminum Sulfate and Iron Sulfate; and different natural dyes such as Reseda, Chlorophyll, Acacia, Madder, Lac Dye or Logwood at different concentrations.

This was performed on fabrics of different compositions, (principally cotton and natural hide), to achieve reproducibility of dyes with the right physical properties.

• The use of different functional products (softeners, fluid repellent, antimicrobial, easy-care resins, etc.) in pre and post dyeing processes with natural dyes, to minimise water and chemical consumption, and zero spills using micronisation.

• The use of ozone technology as a pre and post treatment process for different natural fabrics dyed with natural dyes, achieving more intense colours through pre-treatment with ozone and dyeing with natural dyes, as well as washed out effects in the post-treatment process of different textile substrates dyed with the dyes. This considerably reduces water and energy consumption while eliminating the need for toxic processes and the use of permanganate.

The development of multilayer articles by calendering to laminate thermo-adhesive and special effect films. Ensuring that the application of high temperatures (around 170°C) does not affect the appearance or colour of the fabric. Avoiding excessive modification of the hand and drop of the fabric as well as its physical and fire retardant properties. Testing fabrics of different weights to confirm that the adhesive does not pass through the fabric at all.

• The use of corona plasma as a pre-treatment for materials that will be dyed with natural dyes using micronisation and batch dyeing using dry, environmentally friendly and cost-effective approaches, without manual operations or the use of chemicals. Improving aspects such as corrosion, hardness, wettability and adhesion without affecting the general properties of the fabric, improving the fabric’s affinity for natural dyes.

• The customisation of garments and fabrics using laser marking after dyeing with natural dyes, practically eliminating waste. Analysing the affects and reaction of the area marked in the dyeing process. It was observed that laser marking does not affect the subsequent process of dyeing with natural dyes, and that laser marking on pre-dyed fabric is reproducible.

• An evaluation of the advantages of each process (Life cycle analysis, carbon footprint), in a comparative analysis to check the environmental improvement in the category of Climate Change (Carbon Footprint) among 6 eco-sustainable textile processes compared to their traditional counterparts. The reduction of the environmental impact of processes when substituted for these eco-sustainable processes, as regards the global warming potential of each of the sustainable solutions compared to the traditional alternative. To calculate the Carbon Footprint of the different processes, the emission factors included in the 5th Evaluation Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been used. This panel of experts is in charge of periodically assessing the global impact potential of the different gases emitted on our planet.

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After completing the different lines of work in the project and their respective characterisations, even better results were achieved than when using traditional finishing processes, including the improved versatility offered by some of these new eco processes compared to traditional approaches.

The comparative study of eco-sustainable processes versus traditional ones, carried out in accordance with the UNE-CEN ISO / TS 14067 standard “Greenhouse gases. Carbon footprint of products. Requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication” concludes that that the eco-alternatives reduce carbon footprints with environmental impact compared to conventional alternatives by between 30% and 99%, using micronized dyeing with reactive dyes and hydrophilic pre-treatment respectively, as can be seen in the table below:

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