The Textile Innovation Day took place on Tuesday 12th April in Città Studi Biella (I). It was also the Italian final event of SmartX, the European project of which the organisation, through the Textile Innovation Cluster, is the only Italian partner.

SmartX is a three-year project entirely dedicated to innovation in the Smart Textiles field. The objective is to actively support small and medium-sized enterprises in the development of new products and solutions, accelerating the launch of prototypes on the market and creating a European community of companies operating in this sector.

In recent years SmartX has funded 50 companies with more than EUR 2.3 million for the development of 25 projects, many of which have then found their way onto the international market. During the Biella meeting, the Italian companies presented their innovative products to the large audience present. Equal space was also given to the projects developed by member companies, active in Smart Textiles too.

The meeting was stimulating and full of food for thought on the many industrial applications of Smart Textiles, ranging from the medical and wellness fields to sport and personal protection.

The speakers discussed textile-based monitoring systems for hospital and domestic use and for child safety in cars, textiles with integrated biosensors for real-time monitoring of mineral salt loss, textiles that change colour through electromagnetic pulses and can be used not only in the fashion sector but also in the military, sensorised yarns and many other applications that are increasingly attracting market interest.

The day also saw the presentation of new opportunities for European funding for textile companies, as well as speeches by the ICT cluster and SMI (Sistema Moda Italia).