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How clusters can strengthen the European economy in the textile sector

Updated : October 2020

Stakeholders

  • City and local administration
  • Digital solution providers for textiles industry
  • Production professionals
  • Testing and standards professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals
The virtual European Cluster Conference brought together more than 900 stakeholders to discuss how clusters can strengthen the European economy in the textile sector. Textile and apparel manufacturers are facing constraints in their financial situations due to the pandemic. At the same time tightened border controls due to the coronavirus are disrupting the supply chain and production delays. The discussions focus on leveraging the Circular Economy approach, especially in terms of cluster business models such as made-to-measure apparel, making strong campaigns to change consumer behavior, investing in high value-added products and services, and innovative technologies and materials that enable a streamlined and sustainable transition to sustainability. To strengthen the textile industrial ecosystem clusters need to move to interconnectivity between different clusters is linked to a variety of knowledge areas/areas of strengths, especially to generate opportunities, particularly in pandemic moments. They have a role to play in reskilling and upskilling the workforce concerning the circular transition of the textile industry, and to facilitate cross-border collaboration.

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Topics

Circular economy approach for cluster based business models

Interconnectivity between clusters to strengthen industrial ecosystems

Circular economy based reskilling and upskilling of garment workers

Clusters to facilitate cross-border collaboration

Use clusters for capacity building of small and medium enterprises

Implement textile traceability mechanisms in textile clusters

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Geography
| Global
Year

2020

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