PLUSTEX – Final Conference Textile and Clothing 2020 – Smart Strategies for Regional Development



PLUSTEX – Final Conference

Textile and Clothing 2020 – Smart Strategies for Regional Development

CAMPUS CETI (Centre Européens des Textiles Innovants) Tourcoing (France), 9th October 2014

Textile and Clothing is a major sector of the European industry and a spearhead of European manufacturing. Although hit by globalisation and the consequent de-industrialization, the sector still features some 250,000 businesses, 240 billion euros turnover and more than 3.2 million employees across the European Union.

In the last decades, Textile and Clothing has reacted by developing new jobs and ways of working, by upgrading its value chain and logistics, and through bottom-up innovation driven by SMEs. This was made possible by businesses pioneers, researchers and innovation-oriented initiatives at the European, national and local levels aimed at supporting SMEs and funded through public policy actions.

The PLUSTEX Project (Policy Learning to Unlock Skills in the TEXtile sector) is an INTERREG IVC initiative that promotes knowledge exchange to help regional and local authorities foster the Textile and Clothing sector.

In its three years lifetime, the project has enabled partners from eight European countries to exchange policy know-how and Good Practices, thereby identifying the most effective ideas and solutions to develop Textile and Clothing in their territories.

The PLUSTEX final conference will showcase the project’s results and discuss how they can help European, national and local authorities and stakeholders to innovate the sector. The morning will host two round tables on “Challenges and Opportunities for European T&C”, and “New Perspectives for the sector as seen by Innovative Textile Stakeholders”, respectively. In the afternoon three parallel workshops will focus on the project’s policy themes. Several Good Practices will be presented by practioners and policy experts, and the partners’ Plans to implement innovative Good Practices in their own territories will be introduced to the public.


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PLUSTEX is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the INTERREG IVC Programme. The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

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to Unlock Skills
in the TEXtile sector

Lead partner
Municipality of Prato (IT)

Contact person
Alessandro Fontani
+ 39 0574 183 6007

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