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European textiles sector growth depends on cooperation

Euratex brings together entrepreneurs and local authorities for its annual Convention in the heart of the Valencian textiles cluster.

31st October 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Valencia


The 7th Euratex Convention, organised on 24 October in Ontinyent, Valencia, Spain, by the Consejo Intertextil Español (CIE), gathered over 200 participants from the textiles and apparel sector, as well as prominent figures from regional and national representations.

Hosted for the first time in Spain, the event was an opportunity to exchange views and present approaches for regional collaboration, to encourage the development and modernization of the fashion and textile industries.

The 7th Euratex Convention was organised on 24 October in Ontinyent, Valencia, Spain. © Euratex

As highlighted by Euratex President Klaus Huneke in his opening speech, “with over 170,000 textile and clothing companies in the EU, most of which have less than ten employees, it is fundamental to work together at local, regional and European level. This is a unique strength that allows our sector to tackle its three biggest challenges – namely skills, digitalisation and sustainability – and benefit from international market opportunities”. Euratex says it has focused its efforts and priorities to successfully achieving these goals.

Spanish Member of European Parliament, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, praised the textiles and clothing sector for “setting an example for all other industries”, as she called for even more collaboration initiatives at EU level.

The Convention included a round table discussion with representatives from textiles clusters around Europe. © Euratex

The Convention also included a round table discussion with representatives from textiles clusters around Europe. In showcasing the role of clusters in the sector, the testimonials offered a first-hand perspective into best practices, particularly the importance of providing high level services and products, maintaining a flexible approach, and focusing on innovation.

With textiles and clothing companies all around Europe sharing common challenges and priorities, now more than ever “interregional collaboration is the key to the future”, as stated by CIE President and Euratex Board Member Càndid Penalba.

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