Techtera, the cluster for innovation


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Innovation in textiles and flexible materials. 110 members in the network: companies, research centers, technical centers, school. One goal: create the textiles of the future.

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Techtera, the cluster for innovation

  1. 1. Techtera: a competitiveness cluster and a driving force for innovationJanuary 2011 1
  2. 2. Introduction Techtera is a competitiveness cluster dedicated to the functional and technical textile industry in the French area of Rhône- Alpes The cluster was created in 2005 and is located in Ecully, in the outskirts of Lyon Since 2005, the cluster has shown very positive results Our objective is: the search for collaborative innovation for the benefice of competitiveness, businesses and manufacturers Techtera is ISO 9001 certified The Rhône-Alpes area in France is the leader in the sector of technical textilesJanuary 2011 2
  3. 3. What is a cluster in France ? For a given local area, a competitiveness cluster is defined as: an association of companies, research centres and educational institutions, working through partnerships (under a common development strategy), generating synergies in the implementation of innovative projects beneficial to one or more given markets. The aim of this policy is to encourage, then support, projects initiated by the economic and academic players in a given local area.January 2011 3
  4. 4. What is a cluster in France ? 4 key-factors for success:  a common economic development strategy that is consistent with the area’s overall development strategy,  creating extensive partnerships between players for specific projects,  focusing on technologies for markets with high growth potential,  reaching sufficient critical mass to acquire and develop international visibility, by building a network of players at the forefront of innovation, the end goals of a cluster are the creation of new wealth and jobs in local areas.January 2011 4
  5. 5. A local area and a center of excellence: Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes is:  Europe’s leader in functional textiles: bioactive textiles, cosmetotextiles, thermal textiles, reflective textiles, textiles with visual effects, textiles for communication, etc.  Europe’s largest concentration of firms producing high- performance textiles (aramid, carbon, ceramic, etc.)  European area of fiberglass (Lyon)  Nota Bene: Germany is the 1st customer of the areaJanuary 2011 5
  6. 6. Rhône-Alpes is also the leader in:  Impregnation of fabrics for advanced composites in aeronautic applications  Production of threads to reinforce rubber for the automotive industry  Production of reinforcement-used geotextiles  Production of textiles for medical applications  It concentrates…  Nearly all French weaving for advanced carbon fiber and fiberglass composites  Nearly all French production of fabrics for personal safety  … And total integration of all professions in the industry, from fibers to garment productionJanuary 2011 6
  7. 7. The Rhône-Alpes industry: key figures140 SMEs + World leaders10,000 skilled jobs65%of France’s production capacity€2 billion in sales12.5 %of Europe’s tonnageMore than 300,000 tonsJanuary 2011 7
  8. 8. Rhône-Alpes: world leaders…  Ferrari: textile architecture for solar protection and tarpaulins (90 M€ in sales, 300 employees)  Hexcel Reinforcements: high-performance carbon fiber or fiberglass fabrics, namely for aerospace applications (135 M€ in sales, 600 employees)  Porcher Industries: glass, carbon, composite, aramid and silica fabrics, used in the automotive, electronics, construction and sporting goods sectors (300 M€ in sales, 2 200 employees)  Thuasne: healthcare textiles (79M€ in sales, 830 employees)January 2011 8
  9. 9. …Small and medium-size companies  Rhône-Alpes is also a concentration of SMEs: more than 140 (2009 figures)  A fertile environment for innovation with training, R&D, supervision, tests, and standardization  35 « grandes écoles », 10 enginnering schools, 8 universities - among which 4 scientific universities-, 10 research industries, 4 industrial technical centers  60 fundamental or applied research laboratories: textiles, composites, polymers, chemical, mechanical, civil engineering, transport…January 2011 9
  10. 10. A full value chain All players in the industry are present, from « customized » to mass-market products:  Raw materials  Textiles of all types in all formats  Converters, coaters, impregnators and dippers (semi-finished goods)  Producers of finished goods  Manufacturer of specialized machineryJanuary 2011 10
  11. 11. A strongly innovative area Rhône-Alpes ranks number 2 in France in terms of pioneering activity (source: Grand Lyon), with:  12, 5 % of the patents  11, 5 % of the research expenditures and of the researchers  12 % of the scientific publishing  600 public laboratories  19 000 researchers  According to a poll published by the economic french newspaper Les Echos at the beginning of June 2009, foreign investors ranked Lyon at the 1st place in France (ex-aequo with Paris) for its innovation potential.January 2011 11
  12. 12. Techtera, as a result from… When it was launched in 2005, the key ingredients of a cluster were assembled and Techtera appear like the result of: A local area + Innovation + Industry With one objective : to become a driving force for network innovation What have we done since 2005 ?January 2011 12
  13. 13. Our assignments  The work of Techtera consists in producing and providing solutions for the management of R&D collaborative projects  The cluster leads its member companies, especially the SME’s, on the way to innovation. The work of the cluster also consists in finding out needs and topics for innovation and further researches  Objective: to increase the competitiveness of the textile industry  The benefits for the member companies of Techtera: more innovation, better results, shared costs, meaning lesser costs, more ressources (human, financial, technical)January 2011 13
  14. 14. Our methodology  Techtera created and developed its own tools and services, necessary for any organisation involved in an innovative industry: the « R&D project process »  It consists in different well-identified steps, from the 1st stage: the rough draft… to the funding of the project and its final achievement  The process includes:  Proposition for reflection topics, proposal of an innovation track  Structuring and setting up of the project: working groups are set up for each topic (project engineering)  The project is submitted to the advisement of the Scientific and Technical Commitee (made up of researchers, manufacturers, technical centers)January 2011 14
  15. 15. Our methodology The Executive Board decides and grants – or not – the Techtera-approved label - After approval by the cluster, the project is then submitted to potential fundings: ANR, OSEO, FUI (french national programs), ACTRA (Région Rhône- Alpes), FEDER, EUROPOLES (European Union) - Acceptance from funds or « rewriting » - Agreement of consortium - Launching and follow-up - Final step up to products prototypingJanuary 2011 15
  16. 16. Focus on Innovation Workshops The first Innovation Workshop ofTechtera was held in 2006 Since then, more than 15 Workshops have been organized. Each workshop gathers almost 80 participants (manufacturers, researchers, etc.) Through these Workshops, Techtera raises strategic questions addressing major technical and economical issues of the technical textile industry The objective: to initiate collaborative R&D projects Each Workshop focuses on one topic; 2 or 3 topics are examinated each yearJanuary 2011 16
  17. 17. Focus on Innovation WorkshopsThe topics, since 2006: Textile and health Textile: a strategic material for acoustics What kind of alternatives to traditional finishing treatments processes ? Filtration and air-scattering in confined areas Silicon polymers Sensitivity, as a condition of success for technical textiles Composite materials Nanomaterials Derma-textiles Monitoring in health and wellness : electronics & textil Recycling and composites recycling Electrospinning January 2011 17 …
  18. 18. The working groups Following the Innovation Workshops, working groups are set up on each topic: they plainly contribute to structure and supervise the reflection that is going to lead to R&D projects. They are working at the moment on the following subjects:  1 group on e-textiles  1 group on recycling  1 group on supercritic fluid technology  1 group on composites recyclingJanuary 2011 18
  19. 19. Our results  150 Techtera-assisted-and approved label projects, since 2005  1 collaborative project in 2005, 7 in 2006, 32 in 2007, 51 in 2008, 35 in 2009… The cluster is quickly expanding  Over half of the projects have received funding, for a total amount of 9,5M€ in 2010 : more than 60 projects funded, since 2005  An average of 6,3 partners got together for each projectJanuary 2011 19
  20. 20. Some of our R&D collaborative projects  NAPCO, for the development of low-cost 3D textiles, based on the NAPCO technology (a needle-technology), with applications in safety clothing, sports and leisure, furniture, aeronautics (composite materials), building. 6 partners. Funding: 894 K€ from the french Government (DGCIS). Launching: 2005.  NANOPTEX, for the development of innovative textiles based on the advances that have been made by nanotechnologies and nano materials. 8 partners. Funding: 1 M€ from the french Government (DGCIS). Launching: 2006.January 2011 20
  21. 21. Some of our R&D collaborative projects  MATBIOTEX, for the development of new textiles, based on biological molecules which can be used either as external medical devices for the treatment of recurrent wounds or as internal medical devices to be implanted in a patient’s body. 9 partners. Funding: 1,1 M€ (DGCIS). Launching: 2007.  SILICOTEX, for the development of innovative textiles (yarns and fabrics) including the silicon technology and the functionalities of silicons, with applications in different fields:  Health (medical devices for venous and lymphatic diseases)  Personal Protective Equipment and industry  Underwear, footwearJanuary 2011 21
  22. 22. Some of our R&D collaborative projects 15 partners. Funding: 6,5 M €, from French governement DGCIS) and local authorities. Launching: 2008.  TEXTILUB, for the development of aerospace mobile joints self-lubricating composite materials that fit with the new generation of planes and helicopters, with outstanding proprieties: • Reliability • High temperature resistance • Environmental friendly: waste reduction, pollution reduction, energy consumption reduction, emission reduction… 4 partners. Funding : 1,63 M€, from French and local governement. Launching: 2008.January 2011 22
  23. 23. Some of our R&D collaborative projects  ECOMAT develops silicone and polyurethan materials based on clean catalytic converters, free of tin and mercury compounds. The objective is to meet with the sustainable development challenges by improving the environmental impact of industry. 8 partners (3 SMEs, 2 groups, 3 research laboratories). Funding: 3,7 M€ from French governement (DGCIS) and local government. Launching: 2009January 2011 23
  24. 24. Some of our R&D collaborative projects  TEXINTECO aims at developing textiles based on organic fabrics or recyclable materials. Application : automotive industry. Objective : pre-empt the new European directive (1/01/2015) 5 partners among which Chomarat (1 SME, 3 groups, 1 research laboratory). Funding: 1, 1 M€. Launching: 2009 The feasibility studies will be carried out on our new P2F platform.January 2011 24
  25. 25. Some of our R&D collaborative projects  INTELLITEX for the development of new automatic production processes in the field of smart clothing and textiles. 11 partners. Funding: 1,037 M€. Launching : 2009  IDTCO (Innovative Dry Thermoset Composites) will develop new solutions of prepreg and transformation processes, in line with sustainable development policies requirements, which can be used in different fields. 3 partners (2 SMEs, 1 research laboratory). Funding: 1,1 M€ FEDER. Launching: 2009.January 2011 25
  26. 26. Some of our R&D collaborative projects  P2F: a pre-industrialisation platform devoted to spinning new functional yarns with new functionalities or optimum proprieties: - heat and light resistance - flammability and fire resistance - good mechanical performances, - abrasion resistance  P2F is aiming at developing new products and prototypes: spinning of thermoplastic polymers and/or addition of functions  P2F is backed-up by Techtera and managed by IFTH (French Institute for Textile and Clothing).January 2011 26
  27. 27. Some of our R&D collaborative projects  Its activities range from feasibility studies to pre-industrialization processes.  9 industrial partners from the Rhône-Alpes area  P2F’s productivity goal: 20 kg/day  Markets: Clothing, healthcare, transportation, buildings…January 2011 27
  28. 28. Some of our R&D collaborative projects COMPHOSOL for the development of new photocatalytic self-cleaning coatings intended to be used in the building sector (indoor and outdoor enduses) to reduce pollutants due to organic volatile compounds. 13 partners. Funding: 1,5 M€. Launching: 2010. DOSELESS, for the development of textile materials increasing the protection against ionizing radiation. Applications: health & nuclear industries. 9 partners. Funding: 1 M€. Launching: 2010. TIPCO, towards innovative composites for the building industry. The project aims at developing new types of textile reinforced composites with a mineral matrix and an industrial mass production process leading to applications for building and civil enginnering sectors, with improvements in terms of strength and fire resistance. January 2011 28
  29. 29. Some of our R&D collaborative projects 7 partners. Launching: 2010.  GEO-INOV, for the development of a new generation of geotextiles with very innovative products in terms of resistance, efficiency and reduction in carbon footprint. 7 partners. Funding: 1,5 M€. Launching: 2010.  AGROBOOST, for the development of new types of biodegradable compostable agro and geo-textiles. 8 partners. Funding: 1,3 M€. Launching: 2011.  SYRIMAP, for the development of new fire-retardant products and new applications in the fire-retardant sector. 8 partners. Funding: 1,7 M€. Launching: 2011.  VIRTEX will offer new solutions for air treatment, with the development of new flexible textile filters that will help fighting against indoor air pollution. 7 partners. Funding: 1,3 M€. Launching: 2011.January 2011 29
  30. 30. Our strategy and news for 2009-2011 The new Techtera convention covers the cluster activities up to 2012. It is supported by the strategy and a development plan including our objectives for the next 3 years. Discovery of  Innovation upon raw materials untapped  Control of producing channels, especially on the early stage Development of international projects with major yarn producing Spinning System  companies Innovation for technologies used for each applicationReinforcement of   Development of normalisation as a support for innovationsMulti-fonctionality  MISTRAL, a platform acting as an incubator for projects Textile = Flexible  Innovation upon the flexible and technological concept Technological  Development of new skills Materials  Centre for global ressources: MISTRAL  Certification ISO 9001 Structuring of  Communication & promotion: in France and around the world the TECHTERA  Development of forward-looking management technics regarding Cluster employment & competencies  Development of partnerships with financial institutionsJanuary 2011 30
  31. 31. Our strategy and news for 2009-2011  Our methodology has been standardised and approved: Techtera was granted the ISO 9001 certification in March 2009.  The development of inter-clustering : in Japan (Japanese Chemical Fibers Association), in Germany, Spain (Ateval/Valencia and AEI/Barcelona) and in Tunisia and the international development  Techtera has developed connections with french clusters, such as:  Plastipolis (IDTco project) and « Composites Rhône-Alpes »  Aerospace Cluster (Textilub)  Up tex (Intellitex project)  Axelera (Ecomat project)  SCS (PACID project)  TRIMATEC (Doseless project)  FIBRES (GEO-INOV) 31January 2011
  32. 32. Our strategy and news for 2009-2011 « Composites Rhône-Alpes » is a group of six key players representing the plastic industry sector, the technical textiles and the composite materials of the Rhône-Alpes area: the resource center Compositec, the clusters Plastipolis and Techtera, the schools of engineering ITECH and Polytech’ Savoie, and the highly performing Matériautech-Composites.January 2011 32
  33. 33. A « hub » for innovation: MISTRAL The next major step for Techtera is MISTRAL, a platform for the development of techniques and services dedicated to innovation The project has been approved by the French government (phase 1) The second phase was launched in 2010: a feasability study and a business have been done. The textile technologies are selected: they mainly concern functionnalization, surface treatment, composites, nano and micro, and clean technologies. MISTRAL brings together different partners, technical means and platforms, and services dedicated to the innovation support.January 2011 33
  34. 34. A « hub » for innovation : MISTRAL MISTRAL can be compared with a hub: a hub for innovation, settled on a single location, which will allow:  To attract skills, talents, start-up businesses…  To gather all the human and technical ressources taking part in a R&D project, and also teams of researchers  To provide the best answers to the needs of our industry  To boost innovation and the results of innovation  Next update: the launching…January 2011 34
  35. 35. Characteristics and figures The progress report for the past 6 years is clearly positive. Networking for innovation is an abolute necessity which has been widely proved by the work of many French clusters since 2005. Techtera has its own identity:  65 % of our members are small and medium businesses  67 % of the partners funded within collaborative projects are SMEs  Techtera’s work is supported by a large network, inside and outside of its economic sector  All the projects we are working on meet with the sustainable development requirements.January 2011 35
  36. 36. Characteristics and figures 110 member companies, out of which 80 % are manufacturing companies More than 150 assisted projects since 2005 More than 50 % of the submitted projects funded 100 M€ for fundings Applications on buyoant markets: aerospace, healthcare, civil engineering and building, Personal Protective Equipment New products resulting from collaborative projects: composite materials for aeronautics, innovative anti-bacterial filters, techno-natural yarns based on Rilsan®…January 2011 36
  37. 37. Thank you for your attention… Techtera Tel: 00 33 4 20 30 28 80 www.techtera.orgJanuary 2011 37