EU-TEXTILE2030 and UPB sign a Memorandum of Understanding

MoU to facilitate cooperation between Colombian and Europe in the field of advanced textile materials 

EU-TEXTILE2030, the European Advanced Textile Materials cluster, was in Colombia last year from July 23rd to 27th in its first business mission. During the mission, EU-TEXTILE2030 representatives meet with several major stakeholder from the Colombian textile sector including clusters, business associations, universities, research centers and related government initiatives.

Now, the partnership has signed a memorandum of understanding with one of the major stakeholders visited during the mission, the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB).

EU-TEXTILE2030 and UPB representatives during the visit to UPB facilities last year

UPB is a private university ranked in the top 5 in Colombia and top 80 in Latin America with more than 75 bachelor degrees, 62 master degree and 10 PhD programs. The university has 5 campuses in Colombia, with the main campus in Medellin. The EU-TEXTILES2030 team visited Medellin campus last year, met with faculty and representatives from the department of textile engineering and nanotechnology, and did a tour on the new laboratories.

This MoU will facilitate coordination and support to both European and Colombian advanced textile companies and universities in the uptake of innovation with improved market oriented student programs, research transfer and mobility of students. UPB and EU-TEXTILE2030 now define an action plan for deployment of the different cooperation and coordination activities to benefit the advanced textile sector of Colombia and Europe. Those will be coordinated, from EU-TEXTILE2030 side, by the Catalan cluster of technical textiles, AEI Tèxtils due to its coordination role in the mission to Colombia last summer.

In the mission to Colombia, 4 European clusters in the field of technical textiles directly participated: AEI Tèxtils (Catalonia) as leader of the mission, Tecthera (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Up-Tex/Clubtex (Hauts-de-France) and the Portuguese Textile Cluster. Along with the cluster’s representatives, 16 companies participated in the mission, 2 of which members from AEI Tèxtils.

EU-TEXTILE2030 assessed the mission as highly successful which enabled the participating companies the exploration of the Colombian market and, through the contacts made, has already started building strategic alliances like Ruta N and UPB.