Press conference on October 6 in the lab at the Swedish School of Textiles

2015-10-06 13:30

10 million for new technology in textile production

The significant environmental impact of textile production is one of the difficult future challenges faced by the industry. How can we produce textiles in a more sustainable and more efficient manner? The Swedish Textile Research Foundation is donating SEK 10 million to the University of Borås, which – together with the textile industry – has created a research strategy to solve the problems.

“Our vision is to avoid the unnecessary use of water, energy and chemicals, and to minimise the amount of waste during textile production, thereby working towards environmentally and economically sustainable development,” says Professor of Textile Technology Vincent Nierstrasz from the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås.
Ever since he started working at the university four years ago, he has worked together with the textile industry in Sweden to drive forward the question of how various research projects can be used to develop the technology within the textile industry to create production that is both sustainable and effective.
“It is only when we succeed in linking sustainability with financial incentives that the textile industry can truly develop. After all, the reality is that businesses want to make money while also acting in a sustainable manner.”

SEK 10 million for the next step

During the year, the Swedish Textile and Clothing Industries Association (TEKO) has also financed significant amounts of the research group’s equipment, for example through the Swedish Textile Research Foundation. The foundation is now making a record donation of SEK 10 million so that the research can take the next step.
One example of technology that can be developed thanks to this funding is printers with digital inkjet technology that make it possible to print on textiles without using the same quantities of water, chemicals or energy as before. Smaller versions of two different such printers are already used in the lab at the Swedish School of Textiles.
“If we start to use this type of technology, this promotes more flexible textile production which in turn means that Swedish textile production can develop.”
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Borås Björn Brorström points out that this initiative is of great strategic significance to the university in the development of textiles and fashion as a field of education and research:
“It is a matter of national importance that the university has the right conditions for developing textile operations, and TEKO has demonstrated real confidence in our environment and our future prospects through its investment.”
The Swedish textile industry must head towards production that is economically and environmentally sustainable, while also being flexible. In other words, it must be prepared for small production runs. The research strategy created by the university and the Swedish textile industry is also being driven and generating great interest within the EU.

About the Swedish Textile Research Foundation

The Swedish Textile Research Foundation aims to work in partnership with the TEKO industries to support and promote technical scientific research and higher education relating to textile products and their production and use. The money donated by the foundation originally comes from companies within the textile industry in the form of grants.

Press conference on 6 October in the lab at the Swedish School of Textiles. Peo Hygren, Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Textile Research Foundation, Anne Ludvigson, Chairman of the Board of TEKO, researcher Sina Seipel, researcher Razieh Hashemi Sanatgar, Björn Brorström, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Borås, researcher Junchun Yu and Vincent Nierstrasz, Professor at the University of Borås, took part in the press conference.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Vincent Nierstrasz, tel.: +46 (0)734 61 19 99+46 (0)734 61 19 99, e-mail: vincent.nierstrasz@hb.se