“Developing the Innovation Capacity of the Romanian Textile Concept Cluster” Project (InoTex)

Project title: “Developing the Innovation Capacity of the Romanian Textile Concept Cluster”

Program: PNCDI III

Project code: PN-III-P2-2.1-CLS-2017-0015 / 3CLS / 2018

Source of funding: Project funded by the Ministry of Research and Innovation , CCCDI-UEFISCDI; the PNCDI III program

Beneficiary: Romanian Textile Concept Association

Project manager: Sara Wechsler

Project start date: 01.07.2018

Project end date: 30.06.2020

The aim of the project “Developing the Innovation Capacity of the Romanian Textile Concept Cluster” is to support the increasing competitiveness of the cluster members and the sustainable economic development of the textile garments sector in the Muntenia Sud region through the competent technological facilities and services resulting from R&D activities offered by the RTxC cluster. The implementation of this project aims at supporting the RTxC cluster in the development of the innovation development research agenda, but also in implementing the implementation plan, by guiding the joint efforts of the cluster members.

The innovation capacity of SME members in the cluster must become one of the specific features of this sector, along with flexibility and market orientation. The success of the innovative activities developed by SMEs will result both in the development of the markets through the introduction of new or improved products, as well as through the improvement and innovation in the field of organizational and technological processes specific to each company, including the distribution processes. The better organization of the economic actors would favor the transition to a higher quality stage and would allow the textile and clothing industry to be maintained among the competitive sectors of the South Muntenia Region.

The main objectives pursued within this project are:
- Enhance EMC’s capacity to share all resources, which will ensure implementation of the CDI strategic agenda and lead to sustainable development based on innovation and internationalization
- Increasing the (eco) -innovation of cluster enterprises in the South Muntenia Region in order to implement the concept of circular economy
-Supporting SMEs in the Muntenia South region in the textiles sector in terms of business, product / service sustainability by identifying and facilitating business projects as a result of research and technology development as well as partnerships between business and academia
- Increasing the capacity of the RTxC cluster management team and its members to connect and integrate into European and international textile and textile chains and networks

The stages of the project are:
1. Elaboration of the strategic CDI agenda – end date 31.12.2018
- Activity 1.1 Analysis of the current stage – activity performed
- Activity 1.2 Strategic planning – activity performed
- Activity 1.3 Innovation audits – activity performed
- Activity 1.4 Working group Innovation – activity performed

2. Elaboration of the implementation plan and starting the process of expanding and internationalization – end date 31.12.2019
- Activity 2.1 Elaboration of the strategic RDI agenda – January-February
- Activity 2.2 Establishing the stages of the implementation plan – March-July
- Activity 2.3 Study on the superior valorisation of textile waste – March-May
- Activity 2.4 Waste textile database – March-July
- Activity 2.5 Training activities – March-August
- Activity 2.6 Eco-Innovation capacity auditing services for cluster members – July-October
- Activity 2.7 ESCA Silver Label – August-October
- Activity 2.8 Elaboration of the implementation plan – August-December
- Activity 2.9 International brokerage – January-December

3. Finalizing the process of elaborating the expansion cluster strategies on the domestic and external markets – end date 30.06.2020