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Issue 48 of the research*eu results magazine: New horizons for the textile value chain

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Issue 48 of the research*eu results magazine: New horizons for the textile value chain
It is no secret that the European textile industry is facing fierce competition from China and other parts of the world where production costs are much lower. Over the past years however, the European industry has increasingly been capitalising on its historic trademark of quality and innovation while building a reputation for environmental and social responsibility.

The European Commission is strongly encouraging these changes, notably with a flagship initiative on responsible management for the supply chain in the garment sector or with its research framework programmes. It has provided funding to ambitious and potentially game-changing concepts and technologies, some of which were developed within the framework of projects like VISUALOOK, INE IAPS, UPCYCLINGTHEOCEANS, TAILORFIT and NEWMOON. The latter have already revealed exciting results for their feasibility studies under Horizon 2020 – ranging from wireless baby monitoring garments and protective clothing to virtual fitting rooms, innovative software for manufacturers and high value textile based using marine litter as raw material.

This edition of the research*eu results magazine sheds light on the outcomes and future perspectives of these projects, but also on a handful of results from late FP7 projects including MACH-TO, and MYWEAR, but also I-TEX ad DIGIFIN whose project coordinators accepted to highlight in this month’s interviews.

Other topics in this edition include the following highlights:

- Computational technologies for accurate and safe ear surgery
- Policy benefits of research
- Energy out of thin air
- Economic consequences of climate change
- Nanotech tools open market for more miniature electronics
- Designs for LHC upgrade present hi-tech opportunities
- 3D-printed food to help patients with dysphagia
- Studying the end points of stellar evolution

The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English.

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Source: Based on information from the research*eu results magazine n°48

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