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3rd International Scientific-Professional Symposium Textile Science and Economy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010

22nd January 2010, Zagreb, Croatia

News pictureThe third International Scientific-Professional Symposium Textile Science and Economy was organized by the University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, Scientific Council for Technological Development of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Croatian Academy of Engineering. It was organized under the auspices of Ministry of science, education and sports, Ministry of economy, labour and entrepreneurship and Croatian Chamber of Economy. This 2010 Conference was co-funded by the European Commission through the T-Pot project. This 2010 Conference gained the status of the international one and except the partners of the T-Pot project following associates from member or associated states of Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Austria, USA, Slovenia, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo were present. Our partners shared with us their experience and significantly contribute to the quality of the TS&E 2010 Conference.

Dean of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology Prof. Darko Ujević, Ph.D opened the Textile Science and Economy Symposium and welcomed all the participants. He pointed to a Symposium’s objectives:

  • •  Presentation of scientific research potential in synergy with the economy.
  • •  Contribution to the revitalization of economic subjects through the discussion at the Roundtable - together with the eminent foreign colleagues.

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Figure 1: Introductory words by the Dean of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology Prof. Darko Ujević and President of the Organizing Committee Prof. Sandra Bischof Vukušić

After presenting the fundamental and strategic goals of the Faculty and the Symposium Dean expressed his gratitude to all colleagues involved in various projects who are contributing not just to the Faculty of Textile and Technology, then to the economy as a whole.

The general aim of the TS&E conference is to intensify the cooperation between TTF and the economy. The following topics are specified in order to boost the growth of the Croatian textile industry:

  1. Plenary lecture: Grado Zero Espace's Design Method Applied on New Product Development and Consulting
  2. Invited lecture: Strategy of the Textile and Clothing Industry - Status and Prospects 
  3. Invited lecture: Types and Ways of Technology Transfer

Topic 1

Grado Zero Espace's Design Method Applied on New Product Development and Consulting

Presenter: Elena Turco, Ph.D. (GZE- Grado Zero Espace, Italy)


  • • To describe the design method and all the related procedures that Grado Zero Espace (GZE) exploits in order to manufacture prototypes able to explore new applications for smart materials and technologies.
  • • To offer high quality technical support for the solution of a specific problem and/or customer's request.
Lecture content:
  • • Innovation process of Italian company GZE with respect to industry requests
  • • The development of new functional products (e.g. Aerogel).
  • • Efficient consulting activity which is determined with client's requirements
  • • Market analysis to find a suitable application field.
  • • Importance of adequate communication plans to improve the company's visibility and to promote newly developed products.

Topic 2

Strategy of the Textile and Clothing Industry- Status and Prospects

Presenter: Milan Lušić (Varteks)


  • • Market reposition according to opportunities and abilities of Croatian textile companies.
  • • Changing the structure of production towards higher qualitative and price categories, including the export orientation.
  • • Specialization and consolidation of companies around the development carrier
  • • Personnel adjust to the new market, technological and organizational conditions of business and development.
Lecture content:
  • • Presented activities constituting the core of the National Textile and Clothing Strategy Implementation.
  • • Presented initiatives of the Croatian Textile Development Agency (Adapting the system and state aid policy in recession conditions for activity of production of textiles and clothing).

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Figure 2: Lecturer Milan Lušić from Varteks and Željko Penava from TTF

Topic 3

Types and Ways of Technology Transfer

Presenter: Neda Matijević (MZOŠ)


  • • The textile and clothing industry in cooperation with institutes and faculties should improve the coordination of the existing structures in order to improve the production.
  • • By using new technologies to implement research efforts with the aim of developing new products.
  • • Creativity and creation of new products, their markets by means of the system of intellectual property law and exploitations of the knowledge acquired are an inexhaustible source of new values.

Lecture content:

  • • Accelerating of economic development, both at the micro, and macro-economic level.
  • • The main forms of technology transfer in the transition countries (imports, foreign direct investment, licensing ...).
  • • Licensing (implementation process, advantages and disadvantages, negotiation).

New on T&S Conference is the Round Table on which the participants actively pursued the topics of mutual interest for both the businessmen and scientists regarding the textile, clothes and footwear industry.

The Roundtable has been organized after plenary and invited lectures so that the participants of the Symposium could debate on the topics: Position of European and Croatian Textile and Clothing Industry in the Global Surrounding.

After the discussion, suggestions have been made and important conclusions were adopted:

  1. Inclusion of Faculty of textile and technology in the process of revising, coordinating and implementing strategies of textile and clothing industry.
  2. Planning funds for financing the preparation of projects from the budget of Strategies of textile and clothing industry.
  3. Ministry of economy, labour and entrepreneurship should better explain the criteria for selecting projects for funding.


  1. Cooperation between science and economy should be further intensified:
    - through the scientific research and projects
    - through the better usage of TTF's human and material resources.
  2. The future of the textile industry lies in the innovations, branding and niche markets.

Third International scientific-professional symposium textile science and economy ended with a beautiful fashion show organized by talented students of the Faculty of Textile Technology. Through a variety of colours and forms of their creations they highlighted the importance of linkages between the academy and industry.

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Figure 3: Poster section at the end of the Textile Science and Economy 2010 Conference. Representative of STFI, Mrs Romy Naumann.

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