CETI, which means European Centre for Innovative Textiles, is a research centre for the development, innovation, experimentation and application of state-of-the-art textiles.
The CETI is the world’s most recent research and prototyping centre dedicated to new textile applications. At the heart of a first-class scientific network, the CETI uses creativity techniques that accelerate the innovation process leading from uses to solutions. Bringing together state-of-the-art equipment in one place allows industrialists to quickly advance from research to prototypes and small series as soon as possible. The CETI’s inauguration is scheduled for 10th and 11th October 2012.
The CETI's mission
The CETI’s mission is to promote innovation through applied research by bringing universities, laboratories and industry closer and creating links with the markets in order to offer textile materials excellent prospects for the future.
The CETI’s objectives
The CETI’s priority is to place innovation at the forefront of winning strategies by facilitating technological development and industrial transfer. By creating a unique technological platform in Europe with all technologies for developing innovative textiles, the CETI has set itself several objectives:
The CETI's players
Initiated by the UP-tex cluster, the CETI brings together various regional, national, European and international players. The CETI is co-funded by Europe, the State, the local authorities, the Ville Renouvelée semi-public limited company, the Union, the Caisse des Dépôts and Batixia. It is supported by its historical partners: ENSAIT, HEI, Ecole des Mines de Douai, the IFTH (French textile-apparel institute), Lille 1 University, the Nord Textile Industries Union and CLUBTEX.
The CETI’s means
The CETI, a scientific research and development pool situated at the crossroads of Northern Europe in the new Roubaix/ Tourcoing/Wattrelos eco-district of “L’Union”, the CETI is housed in a daring and high-performance multi-purpose architectural complex comprising:
The CETI’s equipment
The spinning tool (Phase 1) is used to develop tomorrow’s new high-performance fibres essential for markets such as ultra-filtration, medical devices, intelligent textiles. There are only 4 tools of this kind in the world.
The CETI’s customersThe CETI is open to all those looking for innovative solutions through a technological textile platform associating high-performance tools, skills and specialist expertise: SMEs and companies from all sectors, the sector’s industrialists and specifiers; technical centres and R&D departments in major companies; private and public laboratories, competitive clusters, etc.
• The CETI’s customers (Phase 1) are major companies using textiles, especially in the hygiene, filtration and medical sectors. Companies producing Non-woven fabrics as well as polymer and fibre producers are also concerned.
• SMEs also find new opportunities for cooperating with major clients within the CETI and can also develop specific small series with Phase 2 tools.
The CETI in the world
From Phase 1, the CETI positions itself as an exceptional world-class centre. It can be compared in terms of equipment to the “Non-Woven Institute” (NCRC) which federates over 60 major companies around the development of new textile materials from Raleigh in the USA. This centre generates an annual turnover of over $ 4m.
The CETI’s challenges
Beyond its commitment to the future of an entire sector, the CETI is going to:
The CETI has invested € 40m for Phase 1, with € 25m for the building and € 15m for the equipment. It is funded by Europe, the State, the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, Lille Métropole, the Nord Departmental Council and the private sector.
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