Associació Agrupació d’Empreses Innovadores Tèxtils

AEI TÈXTILS is a non-profit association established in 2008, which has the aim of joining all Catalan companies and organizations related directly or indirectly to the technical textiles sector and which form a specialized productive area with competitive advantages. The cluster has 30 members, 22 of them are SMEs, other members are research institutes, technological centers, and other organizations related to the sector. The cluster mission is to promote innovation with the aim of improving the competitiveness of its members, as well as cooperation, complementarity and communication among themselves. For that, current strategy of the cluster is structured in four strategic lines (R&D, internationalization, skills and marketing) in order to promote the competitiveness of technical textile companies of the region.

Contact: Josep Casamada


ATEVAL is a private industrial association. It has more than 340 associated textile companies and represents almost 10.500 persons employed. ATEVAL has cooperated with various entities in European projects. It has human resources expert in coordinating European projects, in direction the work team for the dissemination and intellectual property rights. ATEVAL activity is divided into several departments: innovation, industry and environment, external promotion, training, labor and tax law. The association provides advice in all these fields. As well as information and training services in various areas covered.

Contact: Julia Vercher

Technological Centre for Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal

The Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal, is a private non-profit organization active since 1989 being a reference organization within the national and European scene, regarding research, innovation and technology transfer promotion for the Textile & Clothing (T&C) Industry. CITEVE’s mission is to support the technical and technological development of the textile & clothing industry, promoting innovation and inducing new capacities and new competences as well as helping on the definition of industrial public policies. Since April 2017, CITEVE is the managing authority of the Portuguese Textile Cluster strengthening the engagement and cooperation with the T&C value chain. The Cluster mission is to enhance the endogenous capacity of the consolidated economic aggregate around the textile business by: promoting integrated and sustainable development of economic aggregate involving textiles, clothing and technical applications of textiles; contributing to the competitive strengthening of strategic support pillars: Human capital; Technological capacity and Creativity; Knowledge & Innovation; Sustainability and International Projection; stimulating a strong coordination between the different actors of the cluster; stimulating the approach of the cluster to complementary and strategic value chains.

Contact: Ana Ribeiro

Le Pôle européen des technologies de fabrication

EMC2 is a French competitiveness cluster created in 2005 in the framework of a national initiative for industry competitiveness, operating in the Pays de la Loire and Brittany regions on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. The association gathers all the actors of innovation around key markets and technologies to foster the emergence of collaborative R&D projects. The aim is to reinforce the innovation territorial ecosystem by structuring 6 sectors – Equipment goods, energy, aerospace, nautical, shipbuilding and ground transportation – in a common and transversal approach: the advanced manufacturing technologies. The vision of the cluster is to promote business development through collaborative innovation, building an innovation path mixing skills, markets and technologies to make innovation R&D projects emerge.

Contact: Olivia Cahn

PRODUTECH – Associação para as Tecnologias de Produção Sustentável

PRODUTECH is officially recognized by the Portuguese Government as the management organization for the Production Technologies Cluster (National Cluster). The cluster’s mission is to promote the sustainable development of the Production Technologies Industry and its client sectors, through the articulated cooperation between stakeholders, notably Industry’s key players, R&D organizations and other entities, and by the implementation of strategic integrated projects, addressing innovation, cooperation and internationalisation. Its multi-annual action plan defines 4 strategic action vectors: (1) Growth, consolidation, qualification and strategic cooperation; (2) Visibility and internationalization (including the internationalization of R&D and innovation sources and the industry participation at current and emergent global value chains); (3) Strategic Information and Intelligence; (4) R&D and Innovation.

Contact: Pedro Rocha