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1.1 Concept and objectives PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2009

T-Pot will 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.

 The overall 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.

Textile industry 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 as:

· 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 heating/curing processes)

· textile care

· smart clothing.

Following the 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 Annex 2.

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. 

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Innovation 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.

T-Pot addresses 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 S&T potential

          1.1.2 Developing strategic partnerships with well established research groups

1.1.3 Supporting and mobilising the human & material resources

          1.1.4 Facilitating communication between the centres having similar scientific interest

          1.1.5 Disseminating scientific information and research results

1.1.6 Improving the responses to socio-economic needs (of Croatia).

 
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