Lec­tra forms a new ‘Chair' for Ad­vanced Sus­tain­able Tex­tile Tech­nol­ogy

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France-based tech­nol­ogy ser­vices provider – Lec­tra, l’École supérieure des tech­nolo­gies in­dus­trielles avancées (ESTIA), To­day To­mor­row Tex­tiles Foun­da­tion and JPS Con­seil, have formed a ‘Biar­ritz Ac­tive Life­style In­te­gral Chair’, ded­i­cated to the de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als for the tex­tile in­dus­try. The new ‘Chair’ has been formed to help the tex­tile value chain, from de­sign to sales by im­prov­ing its en­tire ecosys­tem in the fol­low­ing three years. Com­ment­ing on the im­por­tance of set­ting up the Chair, Daniel Harari – CEO, Lec­tra, elab­o­rated “The Chair’s phi­los­o­phy is founded on in­dus­trial part­ner­ships across di­verse sec­tors, no­tably in lux­ury and life­style, as well as part­ner­ships with in­ter­na­tional academia. The best way to move for­ward is to al­ways work to­gether.” The newly formed body will also set up a tech­ni­cal train­ing fa­cil­ity where the mem­ber com­pa­nies would de­velop ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies for the in­dus­try. These tech­nolo­gies will be fur­ther used to de­velop sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for tex­tile com­pa­nies, claims JPS Con­seil. The ‘Chair‘ will ex­plore users’ buy­ing pref­er­ences; ma­te­ri­als and com­po­nents re­quired in pro­duc­ing tex­tiles for fu­ture; man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices; process dig­i­tal­iza­tion; and prod­ucts dis­tri­bu­tion; right from clothes to ac­ces­sories. “This Chair will help us bet­ter un­der­stand the changes that are nec­es­sary for the sec­tor, to an­tic­i­pate in­no­va­tions and to cir­cu­late knowl­edge world­wide,” ex­plained Patxi Elissalde, Di­rec­tor, ESTIA. This ap­proach will foster the ‘cir­cu­lar econ­omy’ by ex­ploit­ing re­search ad­vance­ments via dis­rup­tive in­no­va­tions.

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