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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Sunday, 11 September, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Nord - Pas-de-Calais
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Pôle de Compétitivité
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
TEXTILE2020
RETEX
MDTEX
AFPC
EUTEXTILE2030
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmail
VIENOT
Jean - Marc
Cluster Manager
jean-marc.vienot@up-tex.fr
VERIN
Stéphan
ECCP Responsible Person
stephan.verin@up-tex.fr
Wallois
Karine
Internationalisation Responsible
karine.wallois@up-tex.fr
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Textile Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Advanced Textile Materials
Composite materials
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Advanced materials
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Advanced textiles Materials - Advanced Fibers
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
180
Number of SME members: 
92
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
6
Number of larger company members: 
39
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
30
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
20
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
INNOTEX
Incubator
CETI
Technology center
centexbel
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

ABOUT US

UP-tex is a French research driven cluster gathering 180 members including technical textiles SMEs, textile user companies for various kinds of final goods, universities, research and technology transfer centers.

UP-tex became a European reference in the field of advanced textile materials. It promotes research and innovation by pooling the best skills.

It hosts working groups and assists its members in the definition of projects, helping them to access funding and providing access to a business intelligence platform. Textiles, key material is the basis of many features in areas such as health, hygiene, industry, transportation, construction, leisure, clothing and protective clothing.

UP-tex accompanies the establishment of an ambitious European policy for clusters and plans to make a deeper commitment regarding the interclustering at EU level (intra and extra sectoral).

Since 2007, UP-Tex involvment facilitates the networking of European clusters active in the field of new applications for advanced textile materials (medical technology, construction, transport, recycling, etc.).

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Benefits for UP-tex members :

••Coaching of the member on its innovation strategy:

  • •Emergence of dedicated joint programs
  • •Look for the best partners in R&D programs
  • •Labeling for access to finance
  • •Assistance in writing projects in response to open calls (Quote)

•Access to technical and economic information:

  • •Platform for Business Intelligence
  • •Survey newsletters and business intelligence
  • •Technological intelligence services (Quote)

•Access to events on technologies and markets done in partnership with the CLUBTEX:

  • •Technological Days (3x / year)
  • •12/14 Lunch (1st Tuesday of the month)
  • •Technos dating (1x / year)
  • •Workshops

•Mission surveys internationally or host foreign delegations and presence at trade fairs

Acces to an international & European Network 

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Japan
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Taiwan
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Germany
Italy
Spain
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
ATEVAL (spain)
POINTEX (Italy)
CENTEXBEL (Belgium)
JCFA (Japan)
TIPO (Taiwan)
NW TEXNET (UK)
Textils (Catalonia)
CITEVE (Portugal)
INNTEX (Germany)
ETC ...
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

National funding  & Regional Funding 

TEXSHIELD - FP7 / 2BFUNTEX - FP7 / MADMAX - FP7 / INTIMIRE - FP7 / TEXTILE 2020 - CIP / DIMTEX (INTERREG) / ZEETEX (INTERREG) / TANDEM (INTERREG) / RETEX (INTERREG) / MDTEX INTERREG / EU-TEXTILE2030 / CROSSTEXNET

 

 

 

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

For 10 years UP-tex is:

  1. 265 projects supported
  2. 207 projects approved
  3. 113 funded projects
  4. 350 laboratories and companies involved
  5. € 450 million investment in R & D
  6. € 135 million of public funds mobilized

Concrete Results : 

  1. •38 new products on the market
  2. •18 new process developed in enterprises
  3. •2 new services on the market
  4. •69 million cumulative identified turnover
  5. •282 jobs created
  6. •1045 jobs maintained
  7. •48 patents directly related to completed projects (19 worn by SMEs)
  8. •24 other IP titles (trademarks ...)
  9. •93 published scientific articles
  10. •5 new businesses (SCALTEX, FLEXITHERALIGHT, NANOSURG, Futerro, SKINOO)