Fostering digital transformation in the textile industry


Small-scale partnerships in vocational
education and training

The textiles and clothing manufacturing sector in Europe is facing several challenges; owing to the financial crisis, the competition from emerging markets, the environmental demands, etc., and more recently, the crisis generated by COVID-19. The sector, one of the largest and most important in Europe, in order to rise above the existing and foreseen challenges, needs to reassess its position by assuming the two drivers of competitiveness: green transition and digital transformation.

In that sense, the main objective of DI4TEX is to foster the digital transformation of the textile industry by providing its employees with the requires skills to face the current challenges of the sector.

The rapid advance of digital operation technologies and Industry 4.0 solutions represent a great opportunity to increase the competitiveness of the textile manufacturing industry. Specific objectives are: 

    To detect the specific needs

    and lack of skills in the textile industry to make the digital transformation possible.

      To create a virtual training programme

      to provide the required knowledge and skills.

        To test transnational partnership

        which can be sustained beyond the project to jointly face the common challenges of the textile industry.

          The main result will be a virtual training programme covering the lack of knowledge in the Catalan and Slovenian textile industries related to digitalization.

            With this project, our aim is to bridge these gaps and improve the level of digital adoption amongst industry stakeholders and effectively improve digital skillsets.


              MAROLDA BROUTA, Technical Director at FINSA-JOB GROUP

              “DI4TEX is an effective training program to assess the level of digitalisation of your company and drive you to a successful digital transformation, with the support of European textile clusters.

              DI4TEX training program helped FINSA to detect the needs of the company, specifically for weaving looms and production planification, to make the digital transformation possible and improve the competitiveness of the company.”

              JORDI MOTA, R&D Manager at E.CIMA

              “The content of the training proposed on DI4TEX project is a good starting point in our industry’s path towards digitization. The structure of the course allows you to obtain the initial vision necessary to identify your level of maturity, as well as the needs of each company to better define a good strategy to improve the level of digital adoption.

              DI4TEX helped E.CIMA to continue working on our digital transformation, a constantly evolving process.”


              ARIADNA DETRELL, Cluster Manager at AEI Tèxtils

              “The training program developed by DI4TEX fulfils the needs of the advanced textile materials’ companies. Digital transformation requires a complex and overwhelming journey, but necessary to stay at the forefront of competitiveness and to drive future innovations. Projects like this set a foundation that boosts the SMEs in the sector to move forward their transition plans.”


              ‘Technology is the enabler and people are the leaders’.

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              DI4TEX project (Fostering digital transformation in the textile industry; project reference number KA210-VET-DDE7F72A) is co-funded by European Union.

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