2BFUNTEX (2012 - 2015)

2BFUNTEX stands for : Boosting collaboration between research centres and industry to enhance rapid industrial uptake of innovative functional textile structures and textile-related materials in a mondial market

The project's main objectives are:

  • Developing a platform available to all actors for information on current and future activities in research, education and technology transfer in the field of innovative functional textile structures and textile-related materials
  • Stimulating the transfer of knowledge on hand at universities and research centres to industry to promote a rapid introduction of new technologies on the market.

    The consortium aims at reaching these objectives through the following activities:
  •  Collecting all relevant information on research and activities in the field of innovative functional textile materials and the industrial needs in this domain, and offering this information on the 2BFUNTEX website
  • Detecting synergies and gaps between the available technologies and industrial needs and subsequently creating new project ideas
  • Developing an interactive database in order to collect and disseminate all relevant information to all actors involved
  • Training and education in order to increase the number of highly trained employees and students in the field of functional textile materials. To this end, training materials will be developed for universities as well as industry
  • Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, brokerage events and trade fairs for a smooth dissemination to a broad audience
  • Creation of multidisciplinary project teams performing research in the field of functional textile materials and oriented towards industry resulting in the industrial application of materials with new functionalities and improved performance

The 2BFUNTEX consortium consists of 26 partners from 16 European countries and represents all the important actors in the field – fundamental research and education in textiles and related materials (universities and research institutions), foresight and complexity management (research institutions and SMEs), technology transfer (SMEs, industrial associations, national innovative agencies and even a Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

For more information : info@2bfuntex.eu or see http://www.2BFUNTEX.eu   

Supported by: FP7 NMP Coordination Action

Duration: 01/01/2012 – 31/12/2015

Contact: Prof. dr. Paul Kiekens, ir. Els Van der Burght