Textile production in the Hauts-de-France region has suffered from de-industrialisation. Tourcoing wanted to use its proud past to develop the textiles of tomorrow. The city’s European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI) brings together laboratories and companies to work on this.
Decades of intense competition and widespread closure of factories since the 1980s have led northern France’s textile industry to develop a strategy based on innovation. Although the region has been particularly hard hit by the crisis in the industry, it has huge potential.
The European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI) at Tourcoing is already thinking about what we will be wearing tomorrow. It could be recyclable shoes or swimwear with smart technology.
CETI provides a link between laboratories, universities and industry. Sports equipment manufacturers trust it to develop innovative products for athletes. That is why the EU provided €5 million to support the work of this unique centre.