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Event Report - Annual ETP Conference

More than 170 members of the European Textile Technology Platform and other stakeholders gathered on 30-31 March in Brussels at the 12th Textile ETP Annual Conference for an overview on on-going European collaborative research in textile and clothing and to discuss with EU policy makers the needs and opportunities for future EU support.

Textile research in Europe is extremely broad ranging from advanced fibre materials research to sustainability, digitisation and development of new applications of textiles in new high added value end markets. The 28 European projects that presented their activities and results to date at the 12th ETP Annual Public Conference proved this in a very impressive way.

Among the project results exhibits was even a pilot-scale machine. The Fibersort machine aims at accelerating the new circular textile system by automatically sorting textile waste items based on their fibre compositions.

The Annual Conference was dedicated to the exploration of textile related research across the major European Research and Innovation Programmes including HORIZON 2020, COSME, LIFE+ and INTERREG. The 28 projects were divided in parallel sessions according to the four topics of the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) presented in October 2016: Smart, high-performance materials, Advanced digitised manufacturing, value chains and business models, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency, High-value added solutions for attractive growth markets