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CEMATEX, EURATEX Sign MoU

The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) and the European Apparel and Textile Federation (EURATEX) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for closer collaboration in research, technological development, innovation and industry promotion. MoU signatories, CEMATEX President Steve Combes and EURATEX President Dr. Peter Pfneisl, noted the growing importance of research and technological innovation to the European textile, apparel and machinery industries in maintaining a global competitive advantage. They also announced upcoming joint activities, including a European Textile Research Pavilion in September at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, where the organizations will host a European Commission delegation, among other visitors. CEMATEX also will offer a 60th anniversary grant to ITMA exhibitors from research and education institutions.

"[T]he European textile and clothing industry will not stop in its relentless efforts to innovate in its products and processes to always remain one step ahead of our global competition," Pfneisl said. "These innovations are unthinkable without the right machines and equipment with the right functionalities and capacities, available at the right time. We don't see anybody better placed to provide us with these innovation tools than our colleagues from the European textile machinery industry and we look forward to fill this collaboration agreement at European level with a wealth of mutually beneficial activities for many years to come."

"We believe that EURATEX and CEMATEX, pooling our talents and abilities towards a common purpose, will accomplish more than continuing to work independently," Combes said. "A united textile-making and textile machinery cluster will consolidate our position in the global market, and help increase our market share."

January/February 2011

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