respond to the objectives of activity REGPOT-2007-1: Unlocking and developing the Research Potential of research entities
established in the EU¢
s Convergence Regions and Outermost regions.
objective of T-Pot is to unlock and upgrade the research potential
at Faculty of Textile Technology (TTF) enabling enhanced participation of
Croatian textile organisations in research activities at European level, in
order to support the harmonisation and integration process of Croatian textile
entities into the European Union Area of Research.
TTF is a research
entity with activities covering mostly Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials
and new production technologies (NMP) thematic priority domain of FP7.
The main NMP objective: Improve the
competitiveness of European industry and ensure its transformation from a
resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry, by generating
breakthrough knowledge for new applications is a direct consequence and
follow-up of REGPOT's objective.
Reinforcement of TTF's research potentials will be
done by reinforcement of human and material potential, so as the research
infrastructure. Recently established Textile Science Research Centre will be
upgraded to become one of the components of national innovation. Top scientists
will be attracted to the country for exchange of know-how and guidance of
Croatian textile manufacturers.
is a typical example of traditional sector with a high labour intensity and high
decline in industrial activities. This trend in Europe
can only be reversed by building a strong knowledge-based and knowledge intensive
industry. Textile industry of Croatia is leaning a great deal on
the expertise of experienced researchers from academy sector (TTF) and as such
modernisation of SME's and creation of new knowledge-driven SMEs is depending
on constant reinforcement and development of TTF's research potential.
The EU, but Croatia as
well, has recognised leadership in fields such as nanotechnologies, materials and
production technologies which must be further strengthened in order to
secure and increase competitiveness of EU products at the global market. Among
the activities listed in NMP work programme TTF's strongest expertise is in the
integration of new knowledge and technologies for industrial applications such
· high-performance materials (protection
against flame, water/oil, UV radiation, microorganisms)
· chemical modifications by eco-friendly
agents and methods (textiles, wood & paper)
· environment (waste water treatments)
· energy savings (substitution of conventional
· textile care
· smart clothing.
recently launched Lead Market Initiative (LMI) for defining a valid approach for
fostering emergence of markets with high economic and societal value, one of
the identified markets protective textiles was chosen as
the one of particular interest for TTF and 15 Croatian SMEs gathered in
Croatian Cluster for Special Equipment led by Croatian Employers' Association
(CEA). Major contribution to local industry will be done by joint
projects with Cluster members. Letter of support issued by CEA is enclosed in
The biggest producer
of protective clothing in Croatia
is large enterprise Cateks, d.d. who's ambition is to be the leading producer
of protective clothing in the Central and East European area.
TTF has excelent cooperation with Cateks
which resulted in submition of a proposal as partners under the Call: FP7-NMP-2008-SME-2: Clothing Protecting
Against UV Radiation with Anti Heat Stress System for Outdoor Workers.
of this project is in the research, development and manufacturing product with
protective (against heat, UV radiation and/or fire) and aesthetic feacures.
Excelent prerequisite for above mentioned
project, so as for the future one, will be reinforcement of TTF's human and material
potential with the purpose to support research under the topic
protective textiles and clothing.
all major issues of improvement of research capacities, addressed in FP7
Capacities Work Programme: Research Potential, as topics for REGPOT-2008-1:
1.1.1 Reinforcement of
strategic partnerships with well established research groups
1.1.3 Supporting and mobilising the human & material resources
communication between the centres having similar scientific interest
scientific information and research results
1.1.6 Improving the responses to socio-economic needs (of Croatia).