The integrated solutions developed in previous project ALL4REST (focused to achieve tactile/thermal comfort improvement establishing quantitative/qualitative evaluation of comfort or sleep quality) were mainly based in research and use of new biofibres and integration of thermoregulating systems, but also in use of new hotmelt adhesives, heatable textiles and microencapsulated scents for aromatherapy. Most promising results and solutions achieved could be developed in terms of several end-products with potentially good acceptation by consumers and easy-to-scale manufacturing processes. These selected solutions to be validated/implemented within ALL4RESTgo2MARKET are: a) mattresses with thermoregulation performance, b) pyjamas manufactured with biofibre-based knitted fabrics giving soft touch/better hand (also skin benefits) than conventional materials, and c) bedclothes manufactured with biofibre-based yarns looking for enhanced touch/comfort or finished with PCMs. Since most promising solutions related above have been carried out/manufactured successfully only at small scale and over a limited range of process’ parameters, the companies need to produce full solutions to develop all the manufacturing process, to provide a ‘full-pack’ of resting elements to end-users and a large variety of textile-based materials in order to develop the scaled-up processes (mattress fabrication, knitting/weaving and fabric finishing) demonstrating that manufacturing processes/concept can be extended to a variety of end-products, costumers and markets. Experimental data of ALL4REST best solutions have to be verified on preindustrial samples developed within ALL4RESTgo2MARKET project. This verification will allow providing useful data to develop/validate a business plan and associated marketing strategy for the involved SMEs. With these assumptions, they will be able to commercially develop, exploit and supply their costumers (and end-users) after this Demonstration project.
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