Positive feedback of the mission to Taiwan by EU-TEXTILE2030 clusters

EU-TEXTILE2030, the European Advanced Textile Materials cluster, has been in Taiwan from October 6th to 9th for its last mission.

The mission has been carried out in parallel with the participation at TITAS show in Taipei from October 7th to 9th. TITAS is the show organized by the Taiwanese Textile Federation, focusing on functional and innovative textiles, and the main textile show in Taiwan with 423 exhibitors in 1.058 booths from 12 countries.

EU-TEXTILE2030 was present in the trade fair with a 9m2 booth, located closed to the events area. More than 30 innovative products from the members of the seven EU-TEXTILE2030 clusters were displayed at the stand.

Three European technical textiles’ clusters have directly taken part to the mission: EuraMaterials (former UP-tex, France) as leader of the mission, CLUTEX (Czech Republic) and PoInTex Citta Studi (Italy). Along with the clusters’ representatives, an associated partner TexClubTec from Italy and 4 companies have joined the mission, being two of them members of CLUTEX and two from EuraMaterials (former UP-tex).

The mission has been held on the exhibition fairground with several stakeholders and research institutes representatives of the Taiwanese textile sector. A seminar has been held to introduce EU-Textile 2030 project as well as the wide know-how of INOTEX on textile finishing and the project RETEX on textile recycling by EuraMaterials.

The first day (Oct. 7th) has been dedicated to the visit of the show.

On the second day, two meetings have been held on exhibitors’ booths. Mr Hank Lee, Medical Device Dept. Vice President of Asian Fiber Corporation has introduced their innovative smart solution iQmax as well as their developments on graphene. Then the representative of company CAMANGI updated us about the latest developments on the UMORFIL Beauty Fiber® at their partner’s booth, company FORMOSA.

On the second day also, EU-TEXTILE2030 has held a one-hour seminar to introduce EU-Textile 2030 project as well as the wide know-how of INOTEX on textile finishing (lecture given by Dr. Lenka Martinkova) and the project RETEX on textile recycling by Mrs Karine Wallois from EuraMaterials. More than 20 people have attended the event, above the usual attendance average of this kind of events, among which company GORE and institute Hohenstein. Further discussion has taken place after the seminar on the circular economy. Sustainability in textile is a major issue also for the Taiwanese textile manufacturers.

On the third day (Oct. 7th), EU-Textile2030 representatives have had a comprehensive meeting with Mr. Chiu, Vice President of the TTRI, Taiwan Textile Research Institute. A full insight of the latest developments and innovations has been made during the tour on the booth, including smart textiles and textile intelligence service.

More than 50 contacts from Europe, the USA, China and the surrounding countries have been taken on the EU-TEXTILE 2030 booth during the TITAS show, with special interest on sustainability, technical textiles, medical textiles and the future EU-TEXTILE 2030 association.

EU-TEXTILE2030 assesses the mission as very fruitful. It has enabled the participating companies, institutes and clusters the exploration of the Taiwanese functional textile market and, through the contacts made, foresees to build strategic alliances with the institutes and federations, further developing the cooperation and business relationships with the clusters and their members.