08 Apr
2021
SAVE THE DATE! for TEX4IM Final Conference
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TEX4IM Final Virtual conference is going be held from April 20-22th, 2021.






During this wide spread event, you will have the occasion to participate to webinars about TEX4IM portfolio of opportunities, circular economy and digital transition in the textile industry. The participants will also learn about the technical support that TEX4IM project will provide to the development of business co-operations, up to the definition of a solid business plan. The final conference is a great opportunity to be informed about the results achieved during the 24 months of the TEX4IM project journey. For more information visit here.

06 Apr
2021
The Regiostards Award 2021 is open for the online submission!
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The yearly competition organised by the European Commission’s DG for Regional and Urban Policy aims at identifying good practices in regional development and highlighting innovative, EU-funded projects, which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions and project managers. The deadline for submission is fixed for the 9th May 2021.





 

There are five REGIOSTARS Award Categories for 2021:

·       SMART EUROPE: Increasing the competitiveness of local businesses in a digital world;

·       GREEN EUROPE: Green and resilient communities in rural and urban settings;

·       FAIR EUROPE: Fostering inclusion and anti-discrimination;

·       URBAN EUROPE: Promoting green, sustainable, circular food systems in functional urban areas;

·       TOPIC OF THE YEAR: Enhancing green mobility in the regions, European Year of Rail 2021.

COM4PRO project, developed by relevant Tuscan SMEs will present an application to this award competition with the innovative technological solutions for the mattress manufacturing sector.

The application must be submitted by the project manager with the endorsement of the Managing Authority which provided the funding.

Please read carefully the guide for applicants.

For further information visit: https://regiostarsawards.eu/

06 Apr
2021
2nd Call for Proposals from The European Light Industries Innovation and Technology project
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REMINDER- The European Light Industries Innovation and Technology project (ELIIT Project) has launched its second Call for Proposals on 25 January 2021. Like the first call, this call aims to foster the collaboration between SMEs active in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear sectors (TCLF) and technology providers with innovative solutions that can bring the SMEs’ performance to a new level.

The deadline for applications is 14th April 2021.





 

Each selected 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 program to improve project relevancy and increase capabilities

·       networking activities and

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

With this support program, ELIIT will bolster cooperation between the partners for the implementation and use of technology-ready solutions (TRL 6 to 7) to improve productivity, value chain integration, resource efficiency and to create new high added-value products and services.

Register now in the EMS platform to look for a partner to work with! In case you don’t have a partner you can ask for support sending an email to info@eliitproject.eu

To know more:  https://ec.europa.eu/eliit

06 Apr
2021
TEX GLOBAL is looking for Trainers!
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The TEXGLOBAL partnership has launched a tender for the recruitment of coaching for the internationalization strategy of the partnership. The objective is to provide cluster staff the necessary knowledge and tools to carry and assure the success of the internationalization activities within the project, namely the international missions to Vietnam, USA and Mexico.





The application is open to trainers/facilitators who are specialized in completing co-creation coaching/trainings/workshops and have proven and demonstrated broad knowledge of and ability to implement the principles, methods, techniques and systems of mentoring.

The budget is 4k€ and training dates will be open and agreed on the basis of availability of both sides.

Deadline: 12th April 2021

Period of Assignment: April 26th to May 17th 2021

Reference: TEXGLOBAL COACHING 2021_V2

The Term of Reference provides details and instructions to be followed by eligible applicants.

30 Mar
2021
Clutex's member PARDAM NANO4FIBERS developed a certified nanofiber respirator
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CLUTEX member company - PARDAM NANO4FIBERS s.r.o. managed to develop, manufacture and subsequently certify a nanofiber respirator meeting the criteria of the highest protection class FFP3. It is thus the first nanofiber reusable valveless respirator of protection class FFP3 manufactured in the Czech Republic. For more information, visit their website: www.nano4fibers.com.

26 Feb
2021
EXTRATEX Xchange Scheme B2Match Event by Slovenský plastikársky klaster (SPK) on 3rd and 10th March
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The B2Match platform for the Extratex VE is online and active!

Please go the link below and register.

For further details go to: https://extratex-virtual-clusterxchange-brokerage.b2match.io/

23 Feb
2021
AECIM co-organise the International Machinery Forum 2021 - The Factory of Tomorrow
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The 2-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE takes place on March 11 - 12, 2021. The main focus of this year's conference is The Factory of Tomorrow.  

The conference and B2B matchmaking event provide ample opportunity for companies from across the globe to meet suppliers, customers and business partners operating in the machinery, engineering and metal industrial sector.

Read More….

WHAT DOES THE EVENT OFFER YOU?

·       Access to top-class presentations (available after the event for registered participants)

·       Access to top-class speakers through a B2B network platform.

·       Access to the integrated B2B network platform and online marketplace. This intelligent B2B application helps you find and match with international business partners. Attend this unique event and explore new business opportunities in more than 60 countries.

·       Book 1:1 video conference meetings with potential project partners, customers, general contractors, government ministries and more.

There are going to be various events in the International Machinery Forum 2021:

·       VIRTUAL Conference 

·       VIRTUAL Exhibition

·       VIRTUAL International B2B matchmaking event 

Registrations are now open: https://machinery2021.b2match.io/page-661

22 Feb
2021
Towards Green Transition’ Facility
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ECCP, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, announce the launch of the ‘Towards Green Transition’ Facility. This new initiative will enable ECCP clusters to promote green transition skills amongst their members through technical advisory support delivered by highly qualified experts.

Selected clusters will be trained and advised on green transition topics so they can support their members (especially SMEs) to become more resource-efficient.

The intended benefits of this Facility include:

•                    Improved resource efficiency of European SMEs within ECCP clusters

•                    Support for green entrepreneurship through hands-on technical advice and support

•                    Best use of opportunities for greener and more efficient value (supply) chains

•                    Facilitated market access for green SMEs within clusters

More info and for making your application: https://clustercollaboration.eu/news/towards-green-transition-call-applications-now-open.

19 Feb
2021
ELIIT SECOND CALL FOR PROPOSALS
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The European Light Industries Innovation and Technology project (ELIIT Project) has launched its second Call for Proposals on 25 January 2021. Like the first call, this call aims to foster the collaboration between SMEs active in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear sectors (TCLF) and technology providers with innovative solutions that can bring the SMEs’ performance to a new level.

The deadline for applications is 14th April 2021.

Each selected 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 program to improve project relevancy and increase capabilities

-          networking activities and

-          participation to workshops/conferences and exhibitions to aid market-positioning as well as build business relationships.

 With this support program, ELIIT will bolster cooperation between the partners for the implementation and use of technology-ready solutions (TRL 6 to 7) to improve productivity, value chain integration, resource efficiency and to create new high added-value products and services.

Register now in the EMS platform to look for a partner to work with! In case you don’t have a partner you can ask for support sending an email to info@eliitproject.eu

To know more:  https://ec.europa.eu/eliit

17 Feb
2021
The EXTRATEX VIRTUAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME is still open!
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Extratex partnership, gathering European clusters from textile, automotive and plastic sectors, invite you to attend the two left appointments of the first Virtual Exchange to Slovakia Plastic Cluster. After the success of the first day of past February 2, accounting for more than 50 participants, the Virtual Exchange continue with two bilateral sessions on 3rd and 10th March 2021.

During the first workshop professors, companies, experts have illustrated several topics related to the main topics: biodegradable plastics and circular economy, providing an overview on the technological processes of plastics, on material production and recycling and creative industries.

Next two days will be dedicated to virtual tours of Slovak companies and an afternoon session dedicated to B2B and C2C meetings. The B2Match platform will be the facility where visits and meetings will take place, thanks to the support of EEN. More info at: https://een.ec.europa.eu/events/extratex-xchange-scheme-online-brokerage-event-focused-automotive-textile-and-plastics.

The link to the B2Match platform will be announced soon!

Focus area: new materials, advanced plastic processing, cross-sector exploitation.

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

Day1:

  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)

 

Day2:

  • 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. 

 

Day3:

  • 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.

 

 

20 Jan
2021
TOWARDS INDUSTRY 4.0: Opportunities for the textile industry – VIRTUAL MARKETPLACE – From 20th January till 24th February 2021
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What?

Industry 4.0 is the future of manufacturing, also for the textile industry. CLAMTEX partnership, is organizing a 6-week interactive virtual workshops for promotion the uptake of Industry 4.0 in the textile sector. During the 6 weeks sessions, you will learn about potential solution that you can apply in your company to drive the digital transformation. The virtual sessions will be highly interactive.

Textile companies will present their challenges in the implementation of specific technologies related to Industry 4.0 and receive potential solutions.

In addition, you will be able to participate in virtual B2B meetings with potential providers of industry 4.0 solutions and other textile companies through b2match platform.

When?

A series of six half-day events will be organized between January 20th to February 24th 2021.

Registrations are now open: https://clamtex-virtual-marketplace.b2match.io/

 

(CET)

JANUARY 20th

JANUARY 27th

FEBRUARY 3rd

FEBRUARY 10th

FEBRUARY 17th

FEBRUARY 24th

 

WELCOME (20 min):

 

- CLAMTEX project and ClusterXchange

- Virtual Marketplace

 

- EU-TEXTILE2030 EEIG

Thematic challenge:

 

Digital solutions for integrated industrial management

Thematic challenge: Automation and sensorisation solutions for performance improvement

Thematic challenge: Robots in industry

Thematic challenge:

 

The potential of virtual reality in industry

 

 

 

 

Follow-up funding opportunities for digitalization:

 

 

Horizon Europe, EIC and other programmes for SMEs (EASME)

 

EIT Manufacturing ELIIT, Korina Mollá (AITEX)

GALACTICA, Josep

Casamada (AEI Tèxtils)

 

 

Inspiration Success story: MLS 1992

(30 min)

 

 

Q&A (10 min)

2 Inspiration Success stories:

HATA/SMARTEX

(30 min)

/

CAPACITÉS

(30 min)

Q&A (10 min)

 

Inspiration Success story: IDEPA

(30 min)

 

 

Q&A (10 min)

 

Inspiration Success story: MORPHEOS (30 min)

 

 

Q&A (10 min)

 

 

 

 

 

10 to 12

Inspirational keynotes towards industry 4.0

(80 min):

 

- Roadmap to Future, Željko PAZIN (EFFRA)

 

- Digital microfactory,

Dieter Stellmach (DTIF)

Textile future challenges: Textile companies share their overcomes and next steps in this thematic area (3x10 min)

Textile future challenges: Textile companies share their overcomes and next steps in this thematic area (2x10 min)

Textile future challenges: Textile companies share their overcomes and next steps in this thematic area (3x10 min)

Textile future challenges: Textile companies share their overcomes and next steps in this thematic area (3x10 min)

 

- Should I stay or should I go - transition manufacturing into the 21 Century, Joachim Hensch Consulting

 

Q&A

Break

Break

Break

Break

TEX4IM, Enrico Venturini

(NTT)

 

 

Advanced manufacturing solutions:

Technological companies present their most recent solution in this thematic area (3x10 min)

 

Advanced manufacturing solutions:

Technological companies present their most recent solution in this thematic area (2x10 min)

 

Advanced manufacturing solutions:

Technological companies present their most recent solution in this thematic area (3x10 min)

 

Advanced manufacturing solutions:

Technological companies present their most recent solution in this thematic area (3x10 min)

12 to 14

Virtual B2B meetings

Virtual B2B meetings

Virtual B2B meetings

Virtual B2B meetings

Virtual B2B meetings

Virtual B2B meetings


18 Jan
2021
ELIIT Project - Second call for proposal
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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.

 

 

02 Dec
2020
Webinar on latest news and trends in the field of materials by CLUTEX in cooperation with materiÓ.
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The textile industry is one of the most dynamically developing areas. You can find applications of technical textiles in healthcare sector, building construction area, agriculture to the space industry. Not only latest news in the field of materials, but also the broader context of society-wide environmental trends will be provided by a webinar organized by the CLUTEX cluster in cooperation with the material library materiÓ. Webinar is organized December 15, 10:00 CET.

http://www.clutex.cz/aktuality/pozvanka:-trendy-a-materialove-inovace-v-textilnim-prumyslu-webinar-15122020.htm

  

01 Dec
2020
MaDIH, a digital innovation hub to promote the adoption of technologies in Madrid's industrial sector
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Coordinated by AECIM / MCA and supported by FI Group, in November 13th the Expression of Interest was presented to the Ministry of Industry MaDIH, (Manufacturing Digital Innovation Hub) as a collaborative, cross-cutting and multisectoral HUB model, with a clear business vocation that will promote the adoption of digital technologies within the industrial sector.

 

The project was born with the aim of promoting digital transformation between the industrial production fabric of Madrid. In addition, it focuses on the drive of Industry 4.0 and smart and green manufacturing through various technologies: artificial intelligence and cognitive systems, simulation and modeling, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and big data. Following its presentation to the Ministry, MaDIH is intended to be recognized by the European Union as one of its centres of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) and thereby foster a regional industrial ecosystem that promotes industrial policies of digitization and productive transformation.

 

Partner fabric consists of tractor companies (IVECO), associative business entities; these include the Madrid Metal Companies Association (AECIM), Madrid Automotive Cluster (MCA), Aerospace Cluster of the Community of Madrid (MAC), NEOBIS Association of Graphic Communication and the Business Association of Food Industries of the Community of Madrid (ASEACAM); digital enablers (Bosch Spain and IMDEA Networks), scientific-technical organizations such as IMDEA Energy, the University of Nebrija and the University Institute of Automotive Research of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM-INSIA); financing and innovation organizations (Fi Group) and business accelerators and innovation (Wayra - Telefonica).

 

MaDIH will have, among others, the following objectives:

·       Digitization of the SMEs.

·       Creation of a Madrid industrial ecosystem.

·       Provision of technological services.

·       Advice and fundraising and funding management.

·       Startup acceleration services.

·       Training and mentoring.

·       Development of collaborative projects between large companies and SMEs

 

26 Nov
2020
CLUTEX organizing an online RIS3 forum on Circular Economy
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CLUTEX in collaboration with Czech Association of Textile-Clothing-Leather industry, Czech Technology Platform for Textile, Textile Testing Institute, SOTEX and Czech Institute of Circular Economy has started discussion about implementing principles of circular economy in the textile industry in the Czech Republic. November 26 is organized online RIS3 forum: Circular economy, chances for the Liberec region. Circular economy trends in the textile industry will be represented here by Czech Technology Platform for Textile.

http://www.clutex.cz/aktuality/pozvanka:-cirkularni-ekonomika-sance-pro-liberecky-kraj-online-ris-3-forum.htm

       
25 Nov
2020
EXTRATEX Webinar 4.0 available now!
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Please find the link for the webinar and more information below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2FZDdwfrMo&feature=youtu.be

EXTRATEX – European TEXtile-TRAnsport-Sustainability paradigm for industrial clusters EXcellence in cross-sector innovation

The partnership aims at enhancing the level of excellence through strategic plans and joint strategies; EXTRATEX will bring together industries from clusters in different industrial sectors in different European countries, to set up new collaborations in technological innovation for textile, transports and sustainable materials (including plastic).

Increased contacts among different industrial sectors in Europe will allow for an improved exchange of opportunities and know-how. The key areas for the strategic development and the set-up of new collaboration opportunities are sustainability, Industry4.0 and digitalisation, and new business models.

This webinar is a tool for discovering the opportunities offered and sought by textile, transport and sustainable materials companies, in terms of smart manufacturing and industrial modernisation. Many practical examples and best practices in this domain can be discovered, opening to new cooperation possibilities with clusters, institutions and companies from other countries and sectors.

25 Nov
2020
First Virtual Exchange Programme from EXTRATEX
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EXTRATEX partnership between textile, automotive and plastic sectors is happy to announce the first fully VIRTUAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME. The Virtual Exchange is an exclusive 3 days event, implemented online, where visiting organisations can discover at close distance the opportunites offered by Slovak plastic sector. SPK, The Slovakia Plastic Cluster, will host the event and showcase specialities, innovative technologies, products and commercial opportunities offered by local companies and institutes.

SPK and their companies will open their virtual doors to enter the production departments and their competencies for one full day. The second day will be dedicated to B2B meetings, that visitors can book with the Slovak actors on a dedicated e-platform. The third day will see an interactive workshop, mainly based on biomaterials, with experts and facilitators able to involve participants and bring cross-sector cooperations one step further. The details of the Virtual Exchange will be available soon of EXTRATEX website.

18 Nov
2020
Promoting policies and procedures which integrate social responsibilities!
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Promoting policies and procedures which integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights or consumer concerns into business operations are crucial components for a company’s competitiveness while achieving a positive impact on society.

 





Promoting policies and procedures which integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights or consumer concerns into business operations are crucial components for a company’s competitiveness while achieving a positive impact on society.

With that in mind, Fomentex carried out a comprehensive number of courses on various subjects regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, not only with the Textile Sector in mind but also reminding the attendees of the very important aspects of Social Responsibility, promoting a more sustainable and equal environment.

Due to the ongoing public health crisis regarding the ‘COVID-19’ outbreak, most of the activities proposed were set on an online platform, but that didn’t stop the 193 participants of showing and participating actively on the various debates after each session training, addressing specific issues, sharing their perspectives and learning new ones.

As a result of the very positive and enlightening experience, Fomentex is already focusing on the next event.
17 Nov
2020
Smart Manufacturing Matchmaking 2020- Virtual Edition
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Opportunities to meet company managers, researchers and public bodies working in the area of Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

-Organized by SPIN - Innovation Business Support - partner in Basilicata and Calabria regions of EEN Italy.

 

 





-Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing and revitalizing all industrial operations, positioning itself as a new paradigm for companies that must engage in new challenges but at the same time can take advantage of the opportunities offered by the fourth industrial revolution.
-SMM2020 is an important opportunity to stay updated on the latest developments, the innovation demand of institutions and cities, the new applications developed by SMEs and the challenges techniques that large companies will have to face.

There are going to be various events in Smart Manufacturing Matchmaking 2020 Virtual Edition:
- Brokerage Event
- Webinars 4.0
- Virtual Company Missions
- World Investment

09 Nov
2020
European Cluster Conference 2020 (EXTRATEX Virtual Booth)
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EXTRATEX Virtual booth available at the next European Cluster Conference 2020

The EXTRATEX partnership team will be at next virtual European Cluster Conference organised on 10 and 11 November 2020 by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (read more at: https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/node/19472) with a virtual booth.

Come to visit us, this is a unique opportunity to meet a project representative and learn our goals, the support we can offer your business and the expertise exchanges opportunities offered by the clusterXchange initiative (https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/clusterxchange).

 

22 Oct
2020
Virtual mission in the Netherlands : discover the Dutch mobility ecosystem & meet companies from all over Europe !
News Photo RAI Automotive Industry NL in Netherlands organizes a  full-day virtual mission on “Digitalization of the Mobility system”, in the framework of the EU project RECiPE4Mobility on 18th November (10:00 - 16:15 hrs), providing a unique opportunity to develop your network and find new market opportunities.



Three members of RAI Automotive Industry NL ecosystem will give a talk on the topic, followed by virtual B2B sessions, where you will be able to meet companies and accelerators coming from France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands and Portugal, on the following thematics:
  • Smart apps
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Charging infrastructure
  • Smart vehicles
  • Green vehicles

Additionally, Clusterxchange, the new Airbnb/Erasmus for SMEs and accelerators will be presented. This pilot programme with which RECiPE4Mobility is involved will allow SMEs, accelerators and other scaling-up support organizations to meet partners through exchanges all over Europe that will be co-financed by EU.

To register for the event, visit here.

06 Oct
2020
EXTRATEX set to participate at first fully virtual European Cluster Conference
News Photo EXTRATEX will join the virtual European Cluster Conference, organized on 10 and 11 November 2020 by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy under the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. For more information, visit conference website.
29 Jul
2020
Stay tuned on EXTRATEX ECCP profile!
News Photo Follow EXTRATEX activities and news on our ECCP profile!
https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/node/17127



29 Jul
2020
EXTRATEX co-organise the SMM – Smart Manufacturing Matchmaking 2020
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EXTRATEX team is happy to announce its first matchmaking





EXTRATEX team is happy to announce its first matchmaking. EXTRATEX is now officially part of the SMM 2020, the on-line event that will take place from 18 to 20 November 2020, gathering company managers, researchers and public bodies working in the area of Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

For all info and registration: https://smm2020.b2match.io/

17 Jul
2020
Cluster Excellence Expert(s) Recruitment for Cluster Training
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Invitation to supply an expertise service for the training Programme for Capacity Building (6 Clusters, 12 Participants) - Expert(s) Recruitment for Clusters training.





Reference: EXTRATEX/TRAINING/02/2020

Programme: COSME

Duration and timing: 2 months in total, from October 1st 2020 to November 30th 2020

A public call for applicants is open for the task indicated in the subject. The Term of Reference provides details and instructions to be followed by eligible applicants.
Applications can be sent by email from July 17th 2020 included to August 31th 2020 included.

26 Jun
2020
European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence
News Photo Extratex is part of the ESCP-4X partnerships initiative gathering 69 cluster organisations from 21 EU and COSME participating countries.



European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence (ESCP-4x) are transnational cluster partnerships selected under the European Cluster Excellence Programme as part of the European Commission’s COSME programme. The action aims at facilitating cross-cluster networking and learning, to support the professionalisation of specialised and customised business support services to SMEs. The action is will help drive the development of cluster management excellence and formation of strategic cross-regional collaboration between industrial clusters across Europe.

The third generation of European Cluster Partnerships for Excellence received the new “ESCP-4x” label. This aligns them with the other Cluster Initiatives of the European Commission, and highlights the new “ClusterXchange” activity of the action (more information on the two first generations of Cluster Excellence partnerships can be found here).

ESCPs-4x are tasked with the following activities:

  • Cluster management skills development to boost excellence in delivering SME support
  • Cluster strategy setting at individual and European partnership levels
  • Support to the implementation of these strategies (e.g. through twinning, networking, and joint collaboration activities for SMEs)
  • Implementation of the pilot ClusterXchange programme

The ClusterXchange programme supports short-term exchanges to better connect Europe’s industrial clusters and ecosystems.

The first wave of ESCP-4x (2020-2021) is composed of 13 EU Cluster Partnerships bringing together 69 cluster organisations from across 21 European and COSME participating countries. The action was kicked-off on the 3rd February 2020 for a period of two years (until 2021). More information on the industrial and geographical sectors covered can be found in the figure below. A full list of ESCP-4x can be found here and new about partnerships here.

Download the ESCP-4x leaflet here.

03 Jun
2020
ESCA Experts Recruitment for Clusters Benchmarking
News Photo Invitation to supply an expertise service for benchmarking and labelling of industrial clusters - Expert(s) Recruitment for Clusters Benchmarking and labelling.



Reference: EXTRATEX/BENCHMARKING/01/2020

Programme: COSME

Duration and timing: 6.5 months in total, from August 1st 2020 to February 15th 2021

 

A public call for applicants is open for the task indicated in the subject. The Term of Reference provide details and instructions to be followed by eligible applicants

Applications can be sent from June 4th 2020 included to July 15th included.

Applications received before or after the indicated limit dates will be disregarded.

01 Mar
2020
Extratex H2020 project launched in March 2020
News Photo The Extratex project, coordinated by NTT, has been launched in March 2020.



Objectives

The partnership aims at enhancing the level of excellence through strategic plans and joint strategies; in particular, EXTRATEX will bring together clusters in different industrial sectors with a high potentiality of collaboration in technological innovation and technology transfer, namely textile, transports and sustainable materials.
The project will enhance innovation capacities, business models, knowledge and skill levels and other key competitive factors that will determine future business opportunities and increased capacities for European industrial actors. Only by developing advanced strategies in cross-sector domains and implementing them through comprehensive action plans the European industry can maintain its global market share and current position vis-à-vis emerging non-European competitors.

Strategic thematic priorities

  • Capacity building and cluster strategy definition for cluster managers
  • Definition of a partnership strategy, as well as 6 individual cluster strategies for the partnership members
  • Increase of inter-regional cooperation
  • Increase exchange of knowledge and technical skills
  • Increase of management capacities for cluster staff, by reaching excellence certification
  • Increase of technology transfer opportunities
  • Organization of B2B and C2C events
  • Definition of a ClusterXchange pilot scheme; at least, 50% of the supported exchanges will involve SMEs cluster member of different sectors
  • Dissemination and awareness raising activities

Target group/audience

  As the European Cluster Excellence Programme requests, the EXTRATEX action refers to all cluster organizations and business network organizations, SMEs that are cluster members and scaling-up support organizations from COSME participating countries. Besides, regional authorities are considered potential target group ion EXTRATEX project.

Expected benefits

  • Better access of clusters to innovation opportunities and collaboration for cross-sector VCs set up
  • Increased knowledge of R&D results with TRL and transferability (new materials, advanced manufacturing systems, ICT and photonic applications etc.), available for a fast transfer to the industrial level
  • Increased quality, flexibility and environmental performances of industrial products and services to the final markets, by undertaking joint actions helping to overcome constraints and issues affecting the final consumer
  • Better access to knowledge through new cross-regional RTD activities, technological and commercial partnerships in key areas of common interest, such as innovations addressing societal challenges, key enabling technologies, non-technological innovations or access to new advanced materials
  • Advanced technical skills for cluster organizations
  • Increased contacts among different industrial sectors in Europe for an improved exchange of opportunities and know-how.

Duration: 24 Months / Partners: 65 / Programme: H2020 COSME Programme / Budget-EC Grant: approx. 0.5-0.4 Million Euro

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