More than 180 participants registered in the Clamtex virtual Marketplace : Towards Industry 4.0 , focused on the textile sector, held between January 20 and February 24 with a total of 6 webinars and 6 matchmaking sessions .
The event was organized by the European Strategic Partnership of Clusters for Excellence, CLAMTEX – Cluster management towards excellence in Advanced Manufacturing and Textile Industry , led by the cluster of advanced textile materials of Catalonia, AEI Tèxtils .
The cluster and its members played an active role in the Marketplace with a total of five members as speakers at the webinars, the companies FINSA, E.CIMA, LIASA, CINPASA and the INTEXTER textile research institute.
The AEI TEXTILS welcomed the Marketplace virtual the first day (January 20), as coordinator, presenting the objectives and overall strategy of the project. The first webinar focused on inspiring presentations on the digital transition process and Industry 4.0 for textile SMEs.
The second webinar , on January 27, was dedicated to Digital Solutions for Integrated Industrial Management applied in the textile industry . FINSA , manufacturer of textiles for trust, presented its situation and needs in terms of integrated industrial management.
The theme of the third webinar was Automation and awareness solutions for performance improvement (February 3). In this case, the member of the cluster that participated was E.CIMA , who explained its progress and vision for the future in the automation of its weaving and finishing plants.
The next webinar was dedicated to Robots in the industry (February 10). LIASA , manufacturer of cords, elastic cords, ribbons and polypropylene thread, presented the strategies initiated by the company for the digitization and introduction of robots in the manufacture of cords.
The last technical webinar focused on The potential of virtual reality in the industry (February 17). Intexter (from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – UPC) presented a success case of image virtualization to measure the dimensions and sizing of clothing developed by the university. Next, CINPASA , a tape manufacturer, presented its vision in the use of virtual and augmented reality to showcase its products and the potential synergies that could benefit the industry.
The Marketplace concluded on February 24 with the presentation of financing opportunities for companies in the textile and advanced manufacturing sectors to support collaboration in the implementation of the digital transition process. This included a first block in which the general European programs for SMEs were presented by representatives of the European Commission: the new Horizon Europe framework program, the EIC Accelerator program and two programs to support the expansion of SMEs: InvestEU and Single Market Program.
The second block focused on specific European financing programs for textile and advanced manufacturing companies: EIT Manufacturing , and the cascade financing programs of the GALACTICA and ELIIT projects .
The AEI TEXTILS moderated the first block of the last day, introduced the draft Galactica , coordinated by the cluster, which will soon launch the first call for financial support amounting to 1.2M € and finally made the closure of the Marketplace as coordinator of the project Clamtex .
Altogether, the six webinar event featured 35 speakers that included 3 inspiring presentations on Industry 4.0, 6 industrial success stories, 9 textile companies that presented their vision for the future, and 7 advanced manufacturing companies that presented technological solutions for ease the digital transition.
The recordings of the webinars are available at the following links:
Day 4: Robots in the industry
The Clamtex Marketplace was part of the ClusterXchange program implemented by Clamtex together with the European Economic Interest Grouping EU-TEXTILE2030 (of which AEI Tèxtils is a founding member), as host to promote interregional collaboration among the members of the clusters.
Clamtex is one of the 13 Strategic Partnerships for Excellence funded at European level. It is made up of five clusters: AEI Tèxtils in Catalonia, ATEVAL in the Valencian Community, PRODUTECH and Cluster Textil in Portugal and EMC2 in France.
The project, co-financed by the COSME program of the European Union, aims to strengthen excellence in the management of clusters to boost their ecosystems based on technological innovation through intersectoral and interregional collaboration to facilitate digital transformation within and outside the partnership.