AEI Tèxtils - Spain

AEI TÈXTILS is a non-profit association, which has the aim to join all Catalan companies and organizations related directly or indirectly to the technical textiles sector and which form a specialized productive area with competitive advantages.

It works in 4 strategic lines: R&D: Promoting cooperation amongst its members, increasing the taking on level of innovation support initiatives; promoting the participation of the Catalan technical textiles sector in technological cooperation European projects. Internationalization: Improving access to international markets; access to knowledge through international R&D and technological partners and access to research and key production infrastructures in third countries. Skills: Increasing the training of current employees and improving the level of qualifications and providing unique and specific training on technology and market in the technical textiles sector. Marketing: Promoting the exchange of best practices amongst local enterprises; improving the image of the sector in Catalonia; promoting its strengths and capabilities to other manufacturing sectors of the territory.

ATEVAL - Spain

ATEVAL is a private industrial association. It has more than 320 associated textile companies, and represents almost 10,500 people employed. The activity of ATEVAL is divided into several departments: innovation, industry and environment, external promotion, training, labor and tax legislation. The association provides advice in all these fields. In addition to information and training services in many areas.

ATEVAL is also responsible for general coordination of the actions of the CIE (Consejo Intertextil Español), carried out under the name of Home Textiles from Spain. To carry out its activities, is in continuous contact with other institutions and organizations from different areas such as the Foreign Trade Institute (ICEX), the Valencian Institute of Exportation (IVEX), the different chambers of commerce of Valencia, the Institute of Textile Technology (AITEX), the CEOE, COEPA, CIERVAL, CEV, etc. At European level, it participates in the European Manufacturers of Textile Employers. In addition, ATEVAL has signed cooperation agreements among various entities to increase the wide services offer (European projects, administration of processing aid, environment, new technologies, promotion abroad, …) ATEVAL seeks out cooperation between entrepreneur organizations to achieve innovation in new products, processes or materials, as well as participation in international, national and regional development processes and knowledge management through industrial improvement. Support training, innovation, internationalization and cooperation. ATEVAL has led several projects to promote intersectoral innovation in companies, related diversification and has developed and validated a methodology for the generation and implementation of innovative projects in textile companies through “hybridization“ with other sectors (biotechnology and construction).

For several years he has participated in European projects that promote innovation and the internationalization of companies.

CLUTEX - Czech Republic

CLUTEX is a Czech Republic cluster that aims to:

– improve cooperation between companies
– deepen cooperation between manufacturing companies and research institutions
– provide resources for piloting development and research projects
– establish contacts cooperation with foreign clusters and institutions

PO.IN.TEX - Italy is the Textile Innovation Cluster based in Piemonte Region (Italy).

Active since 2009, it has now 98 affiliates, of which 94 industries (87% SMEs and 13% Large enterprises), 2 Research Organizations and 2 other stakeholders. promotes cooperative innovation, business competitive strategies and knowledge and technology transfer. members belong to every part of the sector’s supply chain and manufacturing: from textile machinery to apparel, from leather industry to technical textiles, from footwear to automotive, from medical to furnishing, up to the chemical industries.

The coordinator of is Città Studi SpA, a joint-stock company whose mission is to fulfil the overall needs of the territory regarding education, research and business consulting services in close collaboration with the local economic and social entities while creating international networks.


Portuguese Textile Cluster is officially recognized by the Portuguese Government, as the entity responsible for managing and promoting the development, innovation and competitiveness of the Textile and Clothing value chain acting as: (1) Strategy influencer and roadmaping; (2) Bridge for the definition of industrial policies and smart specialisation strategy (Regional, National and European); (3) Tool for economic development, to seed innovation, competitiveness and new business models enabler. Strong Textile and Clothing Cluster covering the entire value chain, with competitive and highly innovative companies on  fashion, hometextiles and technical textiles business.

CITEVE is the managing authority of the Portuguese Textile Cluster strengthening the engagement and cooperation with the Textile and Clothing value chain.




From the cradle of silk and jacquard weaving, the competitiveness cluster for textiles and flexible materials TECHTERA has been supporting the industry of the AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES Region (France) for nearly 15 years. The primary purpose of the cluster: to stimulate companies’ competitiveness thanks to collaborative innovation. Members of TECHTERA are thus supported in several ways:

• Innovation and collaborative R&D projects
• Trade fairs in France and abroad: collective stands, communication, regional subsidies…
• Strategy, creation and trends focuses for clothing and upholstery
• Business development in France and abroad with intelligence reports and collective missions

Key figures:

– 134 members in 2017: companies, universities, laboratories research centers, schools…
– 201 collaborative projects for a 238 million € budget