19 Apr
EXTRATEX – ClusterXchange Event to Lyon Announcement
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The EXTRATEX project (European TEXtile-TRAnsport-Sustainability paradigm for industrial clusters' EXcellence in cross-sector innovation) organizes the second ClusterXChange of 2022 from the 16th to the 18th of May, with the support of TECHTERA and POLYMERIS both gold clusters. This time, the SMEs within the 4 cluster networks from the textile, plastics and automotive sectors will be able to visit scientific and R&D institutes from the Lyon region in France.

The EXTRATEX project (European TEXtile-TRAnsport-Sustainability paradigm for industrial clusters' EXcellence in cross-sector innovation) organizes the second ClusterXChange of 2022 from the 16th to the 18th of May, with the support of TECHTERA and POLYMERIS both gold clusters. This time, the SMEs within the 4 cluster networks from the textile, plastics and automotive sectors will be able to visit scientific and R&D institutes from the Lyon region in France.


These visits will provide powerful knowledge and insights that improve existing processes where efficiency can be increased and costs reduced. It also allows businesses to develop new products and services to be more resilient and thrive in competitive markets.

Apart from exploring the innovative research ecosystem of Lyon, the participants will have the opportunity to attend an interactive workshop to create synergies and collaboration among them.

Besides, there is the opportunity to find new partners, business opportunities, projects, and/or innovative ideas during b2b meetings with companies from the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Slovakia and France at POLYMERIS facilities.


This ClusterXChange mission to Lyon will include visits to the following institutes:

Gold Label Clusters

  • POLYMERIS a competitiveness cluster for rubber, plastic and composites
  • TECHTERA an innovation cluster dedicated to the French textile industry


  • Axel One – a collaborative innovation platform dedicated to smart processes and innovative materials
  • IFTH a French technology center of reference in the textile-clothing sector
  • CTTN – IREN an Industrial technical center for textile cleaning
  • SWARM Innovation and Transformation Center
  • 3d.FAB Research and Innovation platform for additive manufacturing applications


The full agenda is available HERE


The participants can be benefited from travel grants (up to 450,00€) in the framework of the ClusterXchange programme, a pilot funding scheme of the European Union to support mobility in Europe of cluster members.


If you are interested in participating, fill in a short company profile HERE


For further information, please contact:


EXTRATEX project coordinator

EXTRATEX Lyon mission organization

Mr. Enrico Venturini, NTT

Roberta Leggieri, NTT






Petra Dufkova – CLUTEX




or the closest EXTRATEX partner for your region

06 Apr
REC-N-COMP presented at the EUTT.net
News Photo Next Technology Tecnotessile will present the REC-N-COMP project at the EUTT.net European Industry and Research Exchange on Technical Textiles, “Technical Textiles for transport, energy and environmental protection” digital conference on the 7th April 2022, from 9h00 to 15h00.

During the event, NTT will present the project main activities, the objectives and the open call for pitches for the three international mission to the target countries: USA, Japan and Singapore.

The objective of each mission is to develop networks and relationships between companies and other stakeholders to create new business opportunities in the field of recycled-based and sustainable materials for composite.

Submission of the pitches close on the 15th April 2022, 11.59 PM (CET/UTC+1)

For more information about the application procedure and about the REC-N-COMP project, please visit the official page here

To register to the EUTT.net Digital Conference please visit this page: https://eutt.net/event/6-eu-industry-and-research-exchange/

09 Mar
LIFE REWEART Final Event in Elche, Spain
News Photo Next March 16 from 9 am to 2 pm, the LIFE REWEART project will held its final event at the Torre de la Calahorra (Elche), Spain, to discuss about the whole process of conception, evaluation and results of the Life Reweart project





Next March 16 from 9 am to 2 pm, LIFE REWEART will be at this great event talking about the whole process of conception, evaluation and results of the Life Reweart project, it will be held at the Torre de la Calahorra (Elche).

The collaborative experience of the project partners will be presented, with other companies that have contributed to the development of a new business model, where the circular economy, the low impact on carbon and water footprint, manufacturing criteria “zero waste” and “km 0” circular materials have been the main focus. For this event the Elche City Council, Generalitat Valenciana and Avecal are collaborating.

Check the program here, as the following participants will be at the event, discussing the development of the integrated circular design of recycled, organic and vegan footwear:

  • Hilaturas Ferrer (ES)
  • Ateval (ES)
  • Calzaturificio Mustang (IT)
  • National Institute for Research and Development of Textiles and Leather of Romania (INCDTP)
  • Vesicapiscis (ES)
  • Desinope (ES)
  • Slow fashion Next (ES)
  • Avecal (ES)

Wanna attend the event?


Confirm your registration at the following link


23 Feb
EXTRATEX – Valencian Region ClusterXchange Event Announcement
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After a successful ClusterXChange Joint Learning event in the Czech Republic, the EXTRATEX project is announcing a new event focused on the Valencian Textile Ecosystem to be held from 11th till 13th of April 2022.



After a successful ClusterXChange Joint Learning event in the Czech Republic, the EXTRATEX project is announcing a new event focused on the Valencian Textile Ecosystem to be held from 11th till 13th of April 2022.

The ClusterXchange Xchange Programme encompasses exchange activities in which enterprises, managers, and other actors visit industrial excellence actors in a different country to make an “on-the-job experience”. The visits are short-term exchanges to invest in strategic interregional collaboration.

FOMENTEX, as an EXTRATEX partner, is organizing this ClusterXChange event within the Valencian Textile Region to promote the cooperation between Spanish and other European companies.

During the 3 days of activities, the participants will be invited to visit some of the most diverse and innovative Valencian textile companies such as:

·         HILATURAS FERRE – that produces better-recycled yarns for sustainable manufacturers and brands;

·         RECOVER – transforms textile waste into sustainable recycled fibres, closing the loop on fashion;

·         MLS TEXTILS 1992 – is a leading textile company in innovation and development of new fabrics;

·         MOPATEX – a pioneer company dedicated to manufacturing and commercialization of cleaning products;

·         SAGE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS SPAIN - dedicated to the manufacture of upholstery for the automotive industry by on plain-woven and jacquard weaving;

·         PIEL S.A. – leading Spanish company in the manufacture of textile products home, upholstery, decoration, fabrics, technical fabrics, fashion, and clothing;

·         PERTEX – a leader in the field of textile finishing with cutting-edge technology

To further improve the participant’s knowledge regarding the Valencian Textile sector there will be also visits to academic and research institutes:

·         AITEX – research association that performs characterization trials and certification of textile materials and articles for a wide range of sectors;

·         UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE VALENCIA | CAMPUS DE ALCOY – to explore some University departments related to the participant’s main sectors of interest

Besides, there is the opportunity to find new partners, projects, and/or innovative ideas during b2b meetings at FOMENTEX headquarters.

The full agenda will be made available soon and it is important to note that the participants can be financially supported by the project budget to cover their travel expenses to the Valencian Region.

For further information, please contact the closest EXTRATEX partner for your region:


22 Feb
Call for Pitches: SMEs participation to the international activities of REC-N-COMP
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Call for Pitches: SMEs participation to the international activities of REC-N-COMP


Are you a SMEs from Italy, Belgium, France or Poland, interested in expanding its export business to the USA, Japan on Singapore in relation with composite and recycled materials?

If yes, this call is the chance to take part in the activities of the REC-N-COMP project to explore the opportunities of these markets!

The selected SMEs will take part in an international mission to one of the three countries, with the costs of the mission being covered by the REC-N-COMP budget. The objective of each mission is to develop networks and relationships between companies and other stakeholders to create new business opportunities in the field of recycled-based and sustainable materials for composite. The missions will take place between the second semester 2022 and during 2023.

Submissions close on the 15th April 2022, 11.59 PM (CET/UTC+1)

For more information about the application procedure and about the REC-N-COMP project, please visit the official page here

22 Feb
NTT has organised an online webinar entitled: “Towards Europe and beyond: internationalisation opportunities for SMEs”
News Photo NTT has organised an online webinar entitled: “Towards Europe and beyond: internationalisation opportunities for SMEs”

Next Technology Tecnotessile has organised on the 4th February an online webinar entitled: “Towards Europe and beyond: internationalisation opportunities for SMEs”. During the event the numerous opportunities of internationalisation available for European SMEs were presented.

Thanks to the European funded projects in which NTT is involved, companies will have the chance to exploit the great potential of third markets thanks to the possibility to participate to international missions.

During these missions companies will visit the ecosystem of the target market, will meet potential partners for the development of future business collaboration (B2B meetings arranged). The SMEs participants will receive financial support.


Only for Italian speakers: you can re-watch the webinar here

16 Feb
'Towards Green Transition’ Facility Final Report
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'Towards Green Transition’ Facility Final Report



The ‘Towards Green Transition’ Facility is an initiative by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and financed by the European Commission which enables clusters registered at the ECCP to promote green transition skills amongst their members through technical advisory support from highly qualified advisors.


The intended benefits of the Facility include improved resource efficiency, support and best practices for greener and more efficient supply chains. The advisory activities are envisaged to last for a maximum of five months, and the advisors will be experts in training businesses to improve their sustainability and resource efficiency. The delivery of technical support will start in the coming weeks.


AEI Tèxtils, in consortium with ATEVAL, CS-POINTEX, The Portuguese Textile Cluster (CITEVE) and TECHTERA were the Textile Cluster winners that received support for their green initiatives.


You can find the full journey of the facility with lessons learnt in the Final Report in the link below:


09 Feb
Eco-friendly bioplastics are becoming a reality in Slovakia
News Photo Eco-friendly bioplastics are becoming a reality in Slovakia

 Global problems with plastic waste are undeniable; a solution that would greatly help is the use of bioplastics completely degradable without a negative impact on the environment. Developed by the STU scientists under the leadership of Professor Pavel Alexy of the STU Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, nonoilen exhibits exactly the above-mentioned characteristics. It is unique and admired in Slovakia as well as abroad.

As its name (nonoilen = no oil) suggests, it is a special plastic material containing no oil. Conventional plastics, as we know them, can be defined as a class of chemicals belonging to polymers; some show the same structure as the substances we are made of, so they do not pose a problem. However, synthetically produced plastics exhibit different properties given them intentionally; they have become weather-resistant, and, unlike ordinary natural polymers, they hardly decompose.

Professor Alexy's objective was rather seeking technical solutions to the existing polymers instead of de veloping the new ones. “The first boom of biodegradable polymers produced from renewable sources came in the 1970s. It is worth to say, that biodegradability does not mean bio-renewability. Both are equally necessary,” says Professor.


There are biodegradable polymers produced from crude oil. Then, there are polymers made of renewable sources, such as starch, which is less harmful for the environment in terms of green energy. “When burning polyethylene made of oil, or burning the starch polyethylene, we produce carbon dioxide that goes into the atmosphere. Consequently, to produce a new polyethylene, you have to extract oil to make it; yet in case of producing the starch polyethylene, you just root a plant that will consume the carbon dioxide.”


The generally accepted definition of “biodegradable” as “degradable in nature” is not entirely correct; it certainly does not work in such a way that we throw out the bioplastics somewhere in the forest and then expect it would perfectly decompose there. Even an ordinary apple would not decompose in sterile soil, rain and air. “Just take an apple grown in your own garden without spraying; it will last for a very short time, while a beautifully polished apple from the store will last much longer, precisely because it is chemically treated, sterile,” explains Professor. Sterile means that there are no bacteria, fungi or yeast. Simply, the rotting process is nothing but the microorganisms starting to consume a healthy apple, as they need carbon, nitrogen and biogenic elements to create their own DNA, i.e. to reproduce. They begin to enzymatically decompose mass of the apple (what is actually called rotting), making large molecules small by "chopping them up", and then taking them in pieces in their cells. By destroying those pieces, their metabolism creates simple molecules used to build their own DNA and other substances necessary for the life of a new cell. This is what bio-degradation is. Composition of the bioplastics must therefore allow the microbes to 'cope' with their enzymes.

Bacteria, however, do not crawl, so simply throwing the bioplastics out certainly will not work. Biodegradable plastics should be placed in compost, soil, water or wherever microbial activity is present.


Synthetic plastics degrade without microbes

But why is such decomposition of synthetic plastics impossible? Here we come to protein, the DNA that replicates during cell multiplication.  Replication requires appropriate material. “To put it simply, if cells kept growing infinitely, they would consume all biogenic elements, and life would stop, as all the building material would run out. That is why dead bodies decompose in nature and return to circulation,” explains Professor. To both, the formation and extinction processes, water is essential; our bioplastics therefore must be built so that the microbes can “work” with the water during the decomposition process. That's why there is no polyethylene in nature; bacteria are not able either to “make” it or even decompose it, since they cannot put water into it. Of course, the material is subject to oxidation and degrades under the effects of solar radiation; just like an old greenhouse which often falls apart in a single season, falling into disuse. Synthetic plastics have been invented to last hundreds of years, and therefore stabilizers have been added to prevent decomposition. Yet if buried in the ground, they would decompose even longer than in the air, as they degrade just without microbes.

So how did our scientists produce biodegradable bioplastics?  “We managed by using a mechanism similar to the nature: folding our plastics out of the polymers with hydrolyzable bonds in the main chain, i.e. polyesters from renewable raw materials. The “living world” down there in the ground can handle such materials. Bacteria, fungi and yeast can then split a long molecule by enzymatic hydrolysis into smaller molecules, and to receive them subsequently through the cell wall, decomposing and metabolizing it to carbon dioxide, use water and a portion of carbon for synthesis to replicate their DNA and build a new cell. Of course, besides carbon, other elements are needed; decomposition of plastics can therefore only take place in conjunction with other organic matter, e.g. in compost,” explains Professor.

Plastics - one of the causes of global warming

Besides the environment pollution, synthetic plastics also contribute to global warming. This brings us to the beginning of life on Earth; when the water began to cool and condense, life in the oceans arose in the form of unicellular organisms that needed carbon, which was only in the atmosphere at that time. So the nature "invented" chlorophyll which functions as a catalyst for synthesis; consequently, carbohydrates, the first reservoirs of energy, could be produced. “Protein (i.e. DNA), a building block of life, requires at least carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen, which were also plentiful during that period. Some of those elements were in the water, others in the air. Chlorophyll was needed for interconnection; just like haemoglobin transferring oxygen into our bodies,” explains Professor.

When green algae appeared, they took COfrom the air, which consequently decreased the COconcentration, thereby decreasing greenhouse gas as well as the temperature of the Earth. Greenhouse gas whether methane or CO2 lets the sunlight reach the Earth that absorbs it and then returns it outside as heat radiation which, however, cannot leave the atmosphere anymore. Energy is accumulated, while less and less heat being removed; the light passes through CO2, but the heat cannot, so it is a one-way road. Moreover, the thicker the COand methane layer, the thicker the barrier, and thus the planet gets overheated; heat is not abducted, but radiation keeps reaching us.

In prehistoric periods, on the contrary, the layer was thinning down owing to the green plants growing on the Earth. Some of the converted energy went into space, and the Earth's temperature kept decreasing. “When the plants reached dry land forming forests, the huge green reflection area consumed a huge amount of CO2. The temperature had fallen again, and then life became possible even for animals,” explains Professor. When the whole system came to equilibrium, the cooling stopped. The following orogeny, slow creeping motion of tectonic plates, changed the Earth, burying the green matter (dead trees) under the layers of mud. Depending on the temperature and pressure at a particular location, the green mass was transformed to crude oil, natural gas, or coal. “By mining coal, carbon in the form of CO2 is returned to the air, which poses a problem at least as big as plastics floating in the ocean. That is why we need to switch to renewable resources of both, materials and energy. ”

Do biodegradable plastics contribute to saving the Planet?

 “Our planet does not need to be saved, she will take care of herself; it is ourselves to be saved. Yet, instead of taking necessary actions, we keep opening the scissors by emitting CO2 into the air and destroying the forests that could absorb it,” says Professor.

So, if we need fully eco-friendly plastics, they can be made of e.g. corn which consumes CO2 to grow. The bioplastics produced like that will later biodegrade, returning part of the carbon into the soil. Full bioplastics must be renewable, compostable and returned to the soil. “Just like our bioplatics. We wanted more than a biodegradable one. There are plenty of bioplatics biodegradable and made of partly renewable sources and partly synthetics; this is but a "bath" effect. " 

Bath effect

We frequently hear people reasoning:  this product is better because it produces less CO2, and therefore leaves a lower carbon footprint. In fact, it is misleading; the correct reasoning should be: we produce a balance zero. Though less is better than much, it cannot be a definite solution.

“Let’s take the analogy with a bath: close the drain, take a 10 litre bucket and pour a bucket of water into the bath every hour. After a while, the bath is full. Regarding the above-mentioned (less is better than much), using a two-decilitre cup instead of a bucket seems to be better. In fact, we saved time, but did not solve the problem, just postponed it. Similarly, recycling plastics is definitely good, because we get things under control, but the saved time should be used to intensively consider full eco-friendly solutions.  Even bioplastics cannot be produced entirely without leaving a carbon footprint; the energy needed to produce them will also leave a footprint behind. So, the basic idea is: let’s return to the nature what we took from it,” says Professor.

Properties that count

Still, there is a question of properties. Conventional starch is a polymer which can be used to make e.g. a bag. The bag is sensitive to moisture; it can tear or dissolve at higher temperature. It is eco-friendly, but also has some disadvantages. To improve its properties, some manufacturers have added a synthetic polymer, thus reducing the feature of eco-friendliness. Besides, decomposition of some types of synthetic polymers releases carcinogenic substances.

All the former solutions might have worked at the time of their origin, since they were generally a step forward. However, the current requirements are different. “We’ve found a trick of how to produce the plastics from other than fossil sources; it is biodegradable and meets the desired necessary technological features. We have balanced the three aspects; that is what makes our solution unique.”

17 Jan
GALACTICA project is looking for experts in the textile sector
News Photo GALACTICA project is looking for experts in the textile sector



The GALACTICA consortium has launched a call for experts with proven expertise in the TEXTILE area to evaluate proposals submitted under the upcoming GALACTICA call for “Pioneer Acceleration” and “Orbital projects”.

How to apply for GALACTICA calls evaluation?

If you are interested to participate in this second GALACTICA Call for external experts, please submit your application to calls.galacticaproject.eu.

The application is open from January 12th until February 16th at 17.00 CEST.

More information and the full terms for the call are available here. 



14 Sep
CZ mission updated
News Photo Latest Update about the Xchange event in Czech Republic



Ready to travel to Czech Republic to attend the Technology Exchange Event?! 


The time has come and we are all excited to travel to Czech Republic for the exchange event which takes place between 20th and 24th of September. 

Here are some useful information for your safe travel to Czech Republic and take the most advantage of this event:


  • Table below shows the updated schedule for the event and visits:

Date/ City





TUL Liberec(textile, smart materials, advanced technologies)

Modelárna LIAZ s.r.o.(Automotive, engineering)


Social event. In Liberec – restaurant,

possible visit of Liberec ( only at 17:00)




ELMARCO s.r.o.(textile, chemistry)

VÚTS a.s.(textile, engineering, automotive)


Roudnice nad Labem

1st group

PARDAM NANO4FIBERS s.r.o.(textile)

2nd group

Matchmakingin Roudnice nad Labem

2nd group

PARDAM NANO4FIBERS s.r.o.(textile)

1st group

Matchmakingin Roudnice nad Labem



RICE(textile, engineering, automotive, smart textiles, advanced technologies)

Company presentation:GoodPro,s.r.o.(textile)SILONa.s.(textile,chemistry)VÚB a.s.(textile)


Brewery visit




APPLYCON s.r.o.(textile, engineering, smart textiles)




  • All information about the COVID-19 situation and restrictions for travelling to Czech Republic you can find on the News section of the website.
  • All passengers are obliged to fill in passenger locator form.
  • Conditions are changing, so please, visit followed links:

Entry rules for travellers - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Current status of Coronavirus in CZ, reccomendations for travellers.

14 Sep
COVID-19 restriction for travelling to Czech Republic and attending in the Exchange event​
News Photo All information about COVID-19 restriction for travelling to Czech Republic and attending in the Exchange event

Here we would like to present you regularly updated information about COVID situation in Czech Republic and how to easily travel to CZ and joint our mission.

For the travelling abroad is used a „traffic lights principle“ to mark safe or risk countries.

 Latest situation of COVID-19 in Czech Republic


  • 2nd September – 307
  • 3rd September – 304
  • 6th September - 391
  • 7th September – 588

Please pay attention to the following points:

  • Vaccinated persons must just fill in the form
  • Non-vaccinated persons have different responsibilities according current status of COVID in their respective country
  • For non-vaccinated persons there is risk of the situation that they will „stuck“ at the hotel for PCR test needed 5th day after entering Czech Republic from „RED“ countries (Germany, Spain). High risk to travel back, during the staying in CZ could number rise up and Czech Republic could be a RED country as well. Table below indicates the instructions for non-vaccinated travelers


Current status

Before travelling




Antigen / PCR test before or after arrival

1 PCR test 5th day after arrival,




Antigen / PCR test before or after arrival, latest 5th day of staying




Antigen / PCR test before or after arrival




Negative PCR test before arrival

1 PCR test 5th day after arrival,


  • All travelers must fill in Public Health Passenger Locator Form available here: https://plf.uzis.cz/. The arrival is monitored by Ministry of Health and the regional public health station


We wish you all a safe, healthy and pleasant journey to Czech Republic!


01 Sep
EXTRATEX – company visits soon – in September!
News Photo EXTRATEX – company visits soon – in September!

EXTRATEX – company visits soon – in September!

CLUTEX organizes company visits as part of the EXTRATEX project.

We are very happy that the epidemic situation will allow us to organize this event and we will be able to welcome foreign experts in the Czech Republic and show them successful Czech companies.

Duration: 20th – 24th September

Location: Liberec – Roudnice nad Labem – Plzeň

20th and 21st September we will visit in Liberec: Technická univerzita v Liberci, Modelárna LIAZ spol. s r.o., ELMARCO s.r.o., VUTS, a.s.

22nd September we will visit in Roudnice nad Labem: Pardam Nano4fibres s.r.o.

A matchmaking event will take place in Roudnice nad Labem, where you will be able to obtain detailed information about companies whose representatives will come to the Czech Republic. If you are interested in participating in matchmaking, please fill in a short profile of your organization HERE

23rd and 24th September we will visit in Plzeň: RICE – výzkumné centrum Západočeské univerzity v Plzni, Applycon s.r.o.

Company presentation will be held by participating companies: GoodPRO, s.r.o., SILON a.s.

The complete program find here.

Recommendations for travel and accommodation find here.


Do not hesitate to use this unique opportunity to visit top companies that are successful not only on the Czech market.

01 Sep
AECIM co-organise B2B-Meetings at International Forum Mechatronics 2021
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AECIM co-organizes B2B-Meetings at International Forum Mechatronics 2021

The annual conference is the European marketplace for the technological presentation and discussion of research and development results from science and industry, for the initiation of new partnerships and for increasing innovation dynamics in the participating economic areas (mainly Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy).

The B2B Matchmaking will take place from 19 to 22 October, 2021 and is free of charge.

Deadline for registration: 17 October 2021

What are the key areas of technology/items?

  • Digital Product Development   
  • Digital Twins
  • Modelling & Simulation
  • Digital Production Planning & Control
  • Sensing
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Automation & Drives
  • HMI - Human Machine Interaction
  • Assistance Systems in Industry
  • Robotics 
  • Smart Production
  • Big Data & Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence for Industries & Machine Learning          
  • Industrial Service & Maintenance

LINK: https://ifmechatronics2021.b2match.io/

25 Aug
CLUTEX participated at STYL in Brno
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CLUTEX participated at STYL in Brno

CLUTEX, as the only one textile cluster in the Czech Republic, presented member products and services at the biggest national textile and clothing B2B fair - at the STYL.