Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has revealed 5 flagship initiatives for its path to recovery and become more digital, sustainable and agile.
The European textile and clothing sector switched to production of PPE for a short-term relief from the crisis, but the new initiatives are a plan for the long-term recovery of the sector making it more competitive in the global market.
The first initiative focuses on building a strong European textile alliance, which ensures guaranteed supplies for the PPE and other textile products for the sector.
The second initiative is to upskill the existing workforce growing older (35 per cent is over 50) and attracts the well-qualified young talent in the industry to integrate future innovations and digitisation.
The third initiative aims at circular economy and turns it into a source of competitiveness by investing in the innovative and sustainable textiles. This also will focus on the public private partnerships (PPPs) at EU level for accelerating the research, innovation, pilot testing and demonstration in critical areas, like digital manufacturing and supply chains.
As a part of the fourth initiative, Euratex plans on establishing five recycling hubs in Europe near existing textile and apparel district. This is to reuse the post-consumption textile waste for the manufacturing of raw material.
The fifth initiative is to ensure free and fair trade for textile and apparel companies for creating smooth trade while ensuring that goods do not get blocked by national authorities at the borders.
Euratex further elaborated that the first step will be to promote the Pan Euro Med as an integrated ecosystem, and exploit market opportunities resulting from other EU free trade agreements.
Furthermore, Euratex general assembly has also re-elected Alberto Paccanelli as President and Jean-Francois Gribomont, Gregory Marchant, HadiKarasu and BodoBlozle as Vice President.