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June 16, 2021

The upcoming EXTRATEX ClusterXchange and Joint Learning Event will take place in Czech Republic on September 2021


EXTRATEX Xchange Scheme on 2nd February, 3rd March and 10th March, 2021- Event by Slovenský plastikársky klaster (SPK)
January 22, 2021

Event to take place online February 2nd, 2021 and March 10th, 2021.

This event is divided into a total of 3 day where the activities will be scheduled.


  PLASTICS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMICS (2nd February- 9:00am-2:00pm (CET))
- Biodegradable plastics in the circular economy by Prof.Ing.Pavol Alexy, PhD.
- Biodegradable and biobased blends PLA/PHB/TPS for blown films and for injection molding.
- Process of production and commercialization of Slovak bioplastic NonOilen by Panara, s.r.o. and Experience of using new material  by Chemosvit Folie, s.r.o.
-Practical experience with NonOilen material and production of plastic parts by injection molding, etc with conventional plastics by KMS-PT, s.r.o.

Registration by 1st February (Registration Link)



  • CONCEPTS OF INTERSECTORAL COOPERATION 1 (3rd March 2021 from 9:00am - 12:30pm) 
    - Presentation of SPK and presentation of the main activities and goals of the EXTRATEX project.
    - Historical cross-section of the plastics processing industry in the Slovak Republic and the present - a strong connection to the automotive industry.
    - Presentation of the company PR Krajne, s.r.o. - concept combining the automotive, textile and plastics industries - the STERED® product.
    - Presentation of the SME company Research Institute of Chemical Fibers (Research Institute for Man-Made Fibers, JSC) - Progressive modifications of polymer-based products (fibers, films & plastics) and innovative technological solutions for a wide range of final applications.
  • B2B and C2C Meetings (14:00 to 17:00): -This sessions will allow SMEs and scaling up organisations to meet face to face the Slovak companies and institutes. Organisations from European regions, other than Slovak, can meet as well. 



  • CONCEPTS OF INTERSECTORAL COOPERATION 2 (10th March 2021 from 9:00am - 12:30pm)
    - Presentation of SPK and presentation of the main activities and goals of the EXTRATEX project.
    - Concept of appropriate recycling- Virtual visit to the guest Company Chemosvit Fibrochem, s.r.o.
    - Presentation of the company SK TEX, s.r.o. - fibers with special modifications for the automotive and furnitutre industry.
    - Presentation of the company Polymer Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences on Nanocomposites- a new antibacterial polymeric material.
  • B2B and C2C Meetings (14:00 to 17:00): -This sessions will allow SMEs and scaling up organisations to meet face to face the Slovak companies and institutes. Organisations from European regions, other than Slovak, can meet as well.



ELIIT Project - Second call for proposal
January 18, 2021

The light industries innovation and technology project (ELIIT project) seeks to support textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) SMEs in enhancing their competitiveness while helping them integrate new technologies in innovative or high added-value products, processes or services.

ELIIT will select 25 partnerships between SMEs and providers or owners of novel technologies that will aid the transfer of innovation and technology as well as the market uptake of innovative solutions.

Each partnership will benefit from:

·       €70,000 in financial support to develop products or prototypes with high added-value and profitability

·       tailor-made coaching and advice to improve project relevancy and increase capabilities

·       networking activities and participation in workshops/conferences and exhibitions to aid market-positioning as well as build business relationships

·       intellectual property rights organisation and guidance

The first ELIIT project call for proposals closed on 31 March 2020 and 93 partnership proposals were presented (73 for textile & clothing sectors, and 20 for leather and footwear sectors). These 93 partnership proposals cover 24 countries participating in the EU’s COSME programme for small and medium-sized enterprises. The selected partnership were 15.

The ELIIT second call will open soon! Check the ELIIT website for more details.





The partnership aims at enhancing the level of excellence through strategic plans and joint strategies


6 clusters from different industrial sectors for collaboration in innovation and technology transfer


The Extratex methodology is divided into 4 phases.




Nowadays, the European textile industry is a world leader in the sector. Textiles and clothing is a diverse sector that plays an important role in the European manufacturing industry, employing 1.7 million people in 2018 and producing a turnover of €166 billion. The sector has undergone radical change recently to maintain its competitiveness by moving towards high value-added products.



The transport industry “directly employs around 10 million people and accounts for about 5% of gross domestic product (GDP)”; the role of transport in all companies in general and its impact on competitiveness at the international level should be also considered in order to scope the importance of this sector adequately.

Sustainable materials

Sustainable materials

Sustainability and competitiveness are the most important concerns for textile, transport and plastic industries. In this sense, SMEs and large companies working on solutions for raising the environmental sustainability and responsibility play a major role in preventing their decay against the four Asian Dragons. Safety and security industries in Europe are also crucial for the EXTRATEX ecosystem. And EXTRATEX is a tool to actually trigger the development of sustainable and responsible solutions for the manufacturing industry of the three sectors, as well as the final products offered to the market, to foster industrial modernisation and safeguard environment and natural resources.



The European plastic industry nowadays presents specific challenges as regards its competitiveness and the employability of their staff at long-term and it should be mentioned. However, environmental responsibility and recycling processes are the most important concerns for the European Plastic industry. Thus and consequently, the new role of the European biomaterial industries is to sustain the industry transformation; to do so, it is urgently needed new mechanisms and more resources and efforts for knowledge transfer and exchange of experiences and best practices. Grandview Market research stated that “the global biomaterial market size is expected to reach USD 250.4 billion by 2025, exhibiting a CAGR of 14.7% during the forecast period”; the EU also plays an important role at International level, stressing the German and British industries.



Clusters in Europe, and also EXTRATEX, are committed to support new solutions to fight current sanitary emergency. Connect, liaise and solve. Visit


A project funded by the EU COSME programme

24 months

EXTRATEX has been launched on March 1, 2020 and will last 2 years.

0,5 million

The total cost of the project is 0,5 millions Euro with a grant equal to 75%.

6 Clusters

From textile, automotive, plastic and Safety and Security in industry.

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