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The report provides an in-depth analysis of the EU Textile & Clothing external trade in 2015-2016. It includes trade evolution by sector (i.e. fibres, yarns, fabrics, carpets, technical textiles, home textiles, home textiles, workwear, men & womenswear), by products and by EU main trade partners.


Good performances of EU exporters in technical textiles and menswear


Exports of technical textiles outside the EU-28 once again increased year-on-year. This sector is a pillar of textile exports outside the EU with a 38% share in 2016. This growth translated into almost...[read more]


Positive start for the European textile industry in 2017

The EU textile industry made a steady start to 2017, boosted by the economic panorama which is turning brighter.

According to the latest short-term indicators, the EU T&C industry gained some speed during the first quarter of 2017, with mixed results throughout the production chain. The upstream sector performed better than the clothing sector for which the situation remained more challenging. Positive news came also from the external sector, as T&C exports expanded at a solid pace in the first three months of the year.

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ART-CHERIE project will define the items of the Prato Textile Museum collections

ART-CHERIE is a way to value the fashion cultural European heritage for inspiring the (young) fashion designers.

The main objectives of the ART-CHERIE project are to [a] contribute to the protection and exploitation of fashion’s Cultural Heritage and [b] to organise and structure it in vocational training courses for the improvement of EU fashion designers working in textile and clothing (T&C) Industries, and/or young fashion designers.

Progressing in the project, on 5-6 July 2017, the five project partners will gather in the Prato Textile Museum in Italy to define and identify the...[read more]


eBIZ 4.0 project and RegioTex at “Digitisation in Fashion” matchmaking event

On 9 June, a conference on “Digitisation in fashion” was organised by the EU Watify campaign, in Bologna (Italy). The participants had also the occasion to attend to the first European match-making event between companies and research projects on innovative digital solutions for the fashion sector promoted by the European RegioTex initiative.


Lutz Walter (EURATEX) highlighted the great opportunities, but also the challenges posed by the rapid value chain transformation and traditional retail disruption brought by digitisation. He strongly urged to embrace digital innovation...[read more]


General Assembly on Circular Economy in textile & apparel manufacturing

On Thursday 8 June 2017, about 100 delegates attended the EURATEX General Assembly conference on Circular Economy in textile & apparel manufacturing. Four committed companies and Mr Grzegorz Radziejewski from the cabinet of the Commission Vice President Katainen discussed the opportunities, but also the challenges for the sector. Drawing the conclusions, EURATEX called for collaboration to prosper and showcase art in the Circular Economy.


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The report analyses the 2016 EU external trade for the textile and clothing sector as well as the main EU suppliers and customers, evaluates the weight of regions and sectors in total EU trade and includes detailed tables and graphs for the 33 main EU trade partners. 

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eBIZ 4.0 at IT4Fashion

Fashion and digital are two words that usually attract different types of professionals but that combine very much; the IT4Fashion event has understood that equation and is boosting this new trend.


Last 19-20 April, the seventh edition took place in Florence. IT4Fashion is an industrial and scientific conference and exhibition where fashion companies, brands, practitioners, researchers, educationalists and software houses come together to discuss digital technology in our industry. Participants came from all over Europe and abroad.


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