Made in Europe: Driven by businesses or policies?
Opinion article for EurActiv by Serge Piolat, EURATEX President
The European Commission’s call to revive the European industry in order to boost economic growth and competitiveness was affirmed by the Junker Commission’s ten priorities as ‘strengthened industrial base’. Taking an example of textiles and fashion, is the EU a good place for manufacturing?
Like many other European manufacturing sectors, the production of textile and clothing goods was significantly offshored to the low-cost countries in the 1990s. At the same time, many entrepreneurs took effective measures...
DISASTROUS IMPACT OF COUNTERFEITING ON EU TEXTILE & CLOTHING – CALL FOR ACTIONS
A new report of the OHMI on the economic cost of IPR infringement in the clothing, footwear and accessory sector reveals that annually the industry loses more than €26 billion of revenue which leads to approximately 500.000 jobs lost.
For many years now, the textile and clothing industry represented by EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, alerts the EU institutions and the national authorities about the disastrous consequences of counterfeiting and piracy for our industry and for the whole European economy. The report of the Office for Harmonization in the...
Innovation for textile recycling in France
Every company that brings clothing, household linen and footwear items to the French market, must either set its own internal collecting and recycling program accredited by the French Public Authorities or use service of Eco TLC to provide it for them. Eco TLC is the only organisation accredited by the French public authorities to comply with the European environmental standards regarding sustainable waste management. It covers clothing, household linen and footwear (TLC in French) producers, distributors or importers. This is a non-for-profit private company directed by a board of...
Commissioner Bieńkowska Heads the First Forum on Fashion & High-End Industries
Participating in the high-level Forum on the fashion and high-end industries led by the Commissioner Bieńkowska, EURATEX underlined the importance of support to SMEs’ internationalisation and access to innovation funding.
In December 2013, an Action Plan for fashion and high-end industries was adopted to set out concrete actions to strengthen the competiveness of the European fashion and high-end industries. The Action Plan also established a multi-stakeholder Forum aimed at monitoring the implementation of Plan’s actions and outlining the future developments.
NEW GENERATION OF TEXTILE & FASHION ENTREPRENEURS
The round table organised by EURATEX during its General Assembly on 28 May 2015, became an exceptional opportunity to meet young entrepreneurs sharing their views on the challenges and opportunities for creating and running a manufacturing SME in Europe. Five fashion and textile start-up companies from UK, France, Belgium and Spain came to Brussels to present their ideas, new business models and innovative methods of production.
The round table guests proved that there is a new generation of innovative and talented textile and fashion entrepreneurs – they have different set of...
AT FRANKFURT FAIR ON SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION
On 4-7 May 2015, EURATEX joined the Techtextil/ Texprocess fair in Frankfurt to present its major initiatives, meet companies and learn about the latest developments. The sustainable use of resources is among EURATEX’ key priorities for the years to come, therefore special focus was given to the Energy Made-to-Measure (EM2M) campaign.
Launched in 2014 by EURATEX in collaboration with dozens of organisations across Europe, Energy Made-to-Measure campaign promotes key results of successful initiatives for energy efficiency in the sector. This aims at supporting the textile and clothing...
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TECHNICAL TEXTILES MARKET
On April 29, at the press conference hosted by Techtextil and Texprocess, Euratex President Serge Piolat presented an overview of the latest developments in the European textile and clothing sector with a special focus on technical textiles.
In 2014, 173.000 EU textile and apparel companies reached a turnover of about €165 billion and generated a value added of €44 billion employing more than 1.6 million workers. Mr. Piolat noted that 2014 was a positive year for our industry that increased its production. The total textiles production grew by 2.6%, when manufacturing of...
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