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Development of innovative and cost-effective design support tools for the European childcare products industry promoting the enhancement of children’s comfort and extending products’ lifespan

Objective

Over last years, childcare products industry (dominated by SMEs) has implemented new technologies into their products and processes to face pressure from low-labour countries. But focus on cost has not given us sustainable protectable advantage so we need to support our sector by focusing on the needs of end-users. Children’s comfort needs and products’ lifespan significantly differ from adults’, presenting also important differences along their development (e.g. growing, body proportions, movements, temperature or wear). However, this industry does not have the appropriate scientific knowledge to understand how to make children’s products better match their needs. Thus, our project is aimed at generating the specific design criteria for enhancing children’s comfort and extending products’ lifespan, taking advantage of ICTs to provide our SME community with a set of innovative and cost-effective tools permitting them to develop and offer high added-value products based on improved comfort and performance. Three major technological developments beyond the state-of-the-art are expected: (R1) a Knowledge-based Design Support Application that will help design teams to introduce enhanced functionalities to products and assure children’s comfort and wellbeing; (R2) a Virtual Functional Performance Test Bed capable of predicting children’s comfort and products’ lifespan according to functional performance properties from virtual prototypes; and (R3) a Web-based Interactive Shopping Adviser that will be accessible via the Internet and at points of sale, that will help customers and retailers to select the products that better match their children’s needs. These tools will help the childcare products SME community to optimize their product development process, to develop premium products and to better convey them to their customers. In addition they will help customers to take better informed decisions and to acquire childcare products improving their quality of life.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Coordinator

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE PRODUCTOS PARA INFANCIA
Address
Calle San Vicente 16 4º Pta 5
46002 Valencia
Spain

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Luis Ballester (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 399 086

Participants (12)

EUROPEAN CHILDRENS FASHION ASSOCIATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 276 968
Address
Calle San Vicente 16
46002 Valencia

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Curatolo (Ms.)
BALGARSKA ASOTSIATSIA NA PROIZVODITELITE I IZNOSITELITE NA OBLEKLO I TEXTIL
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 260 465,11
Address
Bul Dragan Tsankov 36
1057 Sofia

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mariana Manolova (Ms.)
ENTE CONFEDERALE DI ISTRUZIONE PROFESSIONALE PER L'ARTIGIANATO E LE PICCOLE IMPRESE ASSOCIAZIONE SENZA FINE DI LUCRO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 337 207,12
Address
Via G. Tomassetti 12
00161 Roma

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Antonio Franceschini (Dr.)
BEBE DUE ESPANA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 65 046,13
Address
Calle Anoia 3
08130 Santa Perpetua De Mogoda

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Ignacio Insa (Mr.)
KOLEV I KOLEV OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 54 953,93
Address
Arh Petko Momchilov 2-8
1379 Sofia

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonia Kalacheva (Ms.)
BRAVOTEX II - PRODUCAO E COMERCIALIZACAO TEXTIL SA

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 3 581,93
Address
Via Central De Milheiros 203 Milheiros
4475 330 Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Maia (Mr.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 22 840
Address
Camino De Vera Edificio 9c Universidad Politecnica De Valencia
46022 Valencia

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carolina Vaño (Ms.)
THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 43 216,25
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Danvers (Mr.)
BROWZWEAR INTERNATIONAL LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 21 320
Address
Nirim Street 3
67060 Tel Aviv

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Offir Keren (Mr.)
ASOCIACION PARA ESTUDIOS DE INVESTIGACION EN PEDIATRIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 15 550
Address
G.v. Fernando El Catolico 76
46008 Valencia

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Javier Díez Domingo (Dr.)
MUOTIKAUPAN LIITTO RY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 26 000
Address
Mannerheimintie 76 B
00250 Helsinki

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tarkko Nuutinen (Mr.)
BRAVOTEX IBERICA S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 50 840,32
Address
Dr Cadaval 2 - 3° C
36202 Vigo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria José Cernades (Ms.)