The European Textile & Clothing roadmap up to 2025
Scientists and representatives of the European TC Textile & Clothing sector have been developing a roadmap to master the future challenges up to 2025 with concrete projects. Dr. Klaus Jansen, Forschungskuratorium Textile e.V. (D), and based also on findings by Thomas Strobel, FENWIS GmbH (D), was presenting the roadmap at the second EURATEX Convention in Berlin (November 4 -5 , 2013). The general framework’s conditions seemingly matching also the expectations of worldwide scientists and the TC communities around the globe
At the beginning stands the analysis of the picture of today, detailing the strengths, weaknesses, chances and risks and trying to figure the demand of tomorrow up to 2025 and projections, with documented assumptions up to 2050, all under the motto “Look back on tomorrow”.
The important project steps in retropolation can be had from Table 1
Forschungskuratorium Textil has formed a core team, entailing 12 members, created a team Wiki for document exchange of future studies during project work, and held five workshops with 80 different participants form companies, R&D institutions and universities. The result was an input of more than 500 innovative ideas. 130 were ideas for textile innovations and 120 for new application areas. 25 experts evaluated the ideas. The results were documented and defined in a brochure “Perspektiven 2025 – Handlungsfelder für die Textilforschung der Zukunft” (Perspectives 2025 – An action plan for future textile research.
The evaluation of the 130 textile ideas and their market potentials are shown in Table 2
As basic prerequisites were defined the Internet of things, demographics, new materials, and recycling aspects, further production and logistics, assisted work, robotics and soft robotics. In view to the framework of nutrition the basics are vertical farming and aqua farming, but also printed food and artificial meat without use of animals. The later aspects can be had from Table 3
The sector health is focused on spare parts for organs and joints, reflected by Table 4
The aspects of living are defined by living space, interior design and flexible colours and surfaces, illustrated by Table 5
In the area of architecture the focus was laid on natural materials and bionic structures as demonstrated examples in Table 6
Another focus presented the future city with intelligent infrastructure, pictured in Table 7
The sector energy is earmarked by fossil is out, renewable is in, and is pictured in Table 8
The aspects of mobility, particularly urban mobility are reflected in Table 9 …
…and mobility in the flight industry is illustrated by panorama infotainment in aeroplanes as can be had from Table 10
The resulting conclusions can be summed up as follows: keep winning margin; education and training; R & D; transfer, creation of value; customer orientation; standardisation and norms.