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Textile Cluster: Technology and Fashion with EEUM’s intervention
The IAPMEI – Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation recently recognised 20 national competitiveness clusters. The Textile Cluster: Technology and Fashion is the highlight of this edition and counts on the intervention of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho (EEUM).
The Textile Cluster: Technology and Fashion aims at promoting the integrated and sustainable development of the economic aggregate involving textiles, clothing and technical application textiles, contributing towards the competitive reinforcement of the strategic support pillars (human capital; technological capacity and creativity; knowledge and innovation; sustainability and international projection).
This cluster, although emerging, since it was created in March 2017, arose following an earlier, the fashion cluster. This latter, in addition to integrating the textile and clothing sectors, also covered the footwear and
industries. “In this second edition of aggregation of competencies in multisectorial clusters, we believed that it would be advantageous to have a cluster more directed to the textile sector, focused, on the one hand, on the production of technology and, on the other, on fashion”, Fernando Ferreira, EEUM’s representative through the Centre for Textile Science and Technology (2C2T), explained.
This cluster seeks to bring together the different actors in the sector, including companies, associations, universities, technological centres and professional schools. The aim is to bring all these partners together and, thus, to try and foster an integrated development of this whole economic aggregate. “We have to look at aspects such as human capital, business, internationalisation, presence in international fairs, not in a logic of promoting projects
, but to promote the association of partners that leads to the development of activities within the cluster”, Fernando Ferreira clarified.
This cluster counts on the participation of the 2C2T Research Centre and the Institute of Polymers and Composites (IPC), both from the EEUM. The cluster management also counts on the most direct participation of five companies of the textile sector and two non-business entities. This group – called the “High Level Group” – is composed of a group of entrepreneurs and reference entities committed to the cluster’s recognition and valorisation, acting fundamentally as an “Advisory Group” and visible face of the cluster, namely in lobbying and communication. Concurrently, the cluster has nine “Special Interest Groups”, composed of reflection and strategic formulation groups around the intervention pillars of the cluster.
In February 2017, within the presentation of the Interface Programme, the Textile Cluster: Technology and Fashion was recognised by the Portuguese Government as a Competitiveness Clusters, along with other 19 national Clusters.