EU-TEXTILE2030 and RUTA N sign a Memorandum of Understanding

EU-TEXTILE2030 and RUTA N sign a MoU to facilitate cooperation and innovation between Colombian and Europe in 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, 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, Ruta N.
Ruta N is the Medellin agency for promoting innovation in the city and the region of Antioquia. It is operated as an independent corporation to allow flexibility and quicker response to social challenges. Its mission is to articulate the emerging innovations and connect them with local businesses to benefit from them by creating added value employment and economic growth while improving society at large.

This MoU will facilitate coordination and support to both European and Colombian advanced textile companies in the uptake of innovation from technological centers. Ruta N 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.