A textile revolution

Laboratories and companies work together on the textiles of tomorrow

About this project

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.

CETI drives innovation in northern France’s textile industry

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.


Project facts
  • CETI’s equipment was bought with €5 million from the EU (42% of the total cost)
  • In 2015, 28 private customers and 3 consortia put their trust in CETI
  • CETI aims to create 500 direct jobs over 5 years and 1,500 over 10 years


  • LECTRA: Global leaders in integrated technology solutions (software, automatic cutting machines and associated services) for companies using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials for product manufacture
  • HILLS INC: Specialists in multi-component fibre extrusion technology
  • EDANA: International association representing players in the non-woven sector
Bertrand Delesalle (President), Pascal Denizart (Managing Director)
EU Funding:
EUR 5 000 000
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France, Tourcoing, Hauts-de-France
2013 - 2020
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