Huge success of the mission to Colombia by the European Advanced Textile Materials cluster EU-TEXTILE2030

EU-TEXTILE2030, the European Advanced Textile Materials cluster (https://www.eu-textile2030.eu/), has been in Colombia from July 23rd to 27th in its first business mission.

The mission was carried out in parallel to its participation at Colombiamoda 2018 + Textiles2 in Medellin from July 24th to 26th. Colombiamoda + Textiles2 is one of the largest trade fairs in the textile sector in Latin America with over 21.500 participants from 56 countries.

EU-TEXTILE2030 was present in the trade fair with a 27m2 booth, located in the Green pavilion within the Textiles2 area, dedicated to technical textiles.  More than 30 innovative products from the members of the seven EU-TEXTILE2030 clusters were displayed at the stand.

Four European technical textiles’ clusters have directly participated at the mission: AEI Tèxtils (Catalonia) as leader of the mission, Tecthera (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Up-Tex/Clubtex (Hauts-de-France) and the Portuguese Textile Cluster. Along with the cluster’s representatives, 16 companies have participated at the mission, being two of them members of AEI Tèxtils.

During the mission, several stakeholder meetings were held with representatives from the Colombian textile sector: clusters, business associations, research centers and related government initiatives. The team also visited top research centers in the sector.

EU-TEXTILE2030 assesses the mission as highly fruitful. It has enabled the participating companies to explore the Colombian market and, through the contacts made, foresees to build strategic alliances by the clusters and their members.