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Textile Universe

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Green Manufacturing and Technical
Textiles Initiative
1. Planning:
Purpose and need,
primary and Phase
secondary research
1:
2.
6. Adaptation, - Skills inventory Resear
implementation,
and Business
framework ch
Impact/ROI - Best practices
assessment report
- Knowledge
Networks

5. Industry 3. Industry engagement:
validation of - Workshops and focus
standards and groups
tools - Webinars
- Recommendations for
Phase 2

4. Development:
Phase 2: Business and HR
tools
Developm
ent
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Technical Textiles – Definition
Technical textiles are “textile materials and products manufactured
primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their
aesthetic or decorative characteristics”. 1

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The Textile Institute, Technical Textiles Terms and Definitions (Manchester, England: Textile
Institute, 1975).
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Move to Technical Textiles

Fully 80% of occupations in the textile
industry will see significant changes
to their job roles and responsibilities
as a result of the move to technical
textiles production and green
manufacturing.
– THRC, Best Practices in Green
Manufacturing and Technical Textiles
(2011)

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Best Practices in Technical Textiles
Four Technical Usage Textiles (TUT) application
sectors identified as having high growth potential
for the industry: Protech, Mobiltech, Buildtech
and Medtech.

Four primary trends in best practices:
1. Multidisciplinary work
2. Working closely with users
3. Active technology forecasting
4. Setting action plans incorporating findings
resulting from active technology forecasting

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Technical Textiles Production – Skills
and
Best Practice Implications for an R&D
Specialist

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Move to Green Manufacturing

Le développement durable ne doit
pas être considéré comme une
tâche supplémentaire à ajouter à
notre agenda mais doit faire
partie intégrante de la stratégie
d’entreprise.
- Member of the Club des leaders program
-Spring 2011

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Improved Corporate Image
Responsi
ble
Directly affected
marketin occupations:
g
Standard Triple
s/
Certificati
botto  Marketing/Sales
m
ons
line • Use of green labels and ecolabels
(e.g. Oeko Tex 100), engaging in
responsible communication
Responsible
procurement  Legal
• Obtaining certifications, complying
Transpar
with standards
ency and
ethical  Procurement
conduct
• Formulating charters /codes of
practice for providers /subcontractors
 Finance
• Producing sustainability reports and
Green best practices to triple bottom line
achieve an improved
corporate image

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Cost Savings
Directly affected
Optimizati occupations:
on of
processes

Eco-
 Finance
accounting • Financial impact assessments (savings in
energy, time, etc.)
Quality
manageme • Evaluating financial revenue associated
nt
with sustainability initiatives

Internalizat  Process Engineers
ion of costs
• Using renewable energy – energy
efficiency
 Supervisors
Green
Green best
best • Determining environmental objectives
practices
practices to
to (waste reduction, etc.)
achieve cost
achieve cost • Controlling energy and water consumption
savings
savings

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Innovation and Product
Development Directly affected
Systems
thinking occupations:
Biomimicry  R&D and Marketing
Life • Conducting life cycle analyses
cycle
analysi • Integrating end-of-life-cycle
s indicators
Ecodesig • Replacing hazardous materials
n
by more eco-friendly composites
• Using “green” materials from
renewable resources (for home
textiles, geotextiles, etc.)
• Using natural and organic fibres
Green best practices • Producing reusable and
for
eco-innovation and recyclable fibres
product
development
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Ecodesign Approach
Extraction
Reduce the quantity 
and
variety of materials
Production
Design to simplify q
End-of-life uality control
Integrate collec
tion methods

Logistics
Reduce the weight a
Use nd
Minimize emissions volume of products 
and  and packaging
increase energy
efficiency
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Green Manufacturing Innovation
Workshops and Pilot
Ongoing workplace projects
in green textile
manufacturing targeting two
streams:

Enterprise: Integration of
sustainable development
principles into corporate
strategic plans

Product: Integration of
ecodesign approach into
product development
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Keys Findings…
 Key affected occupations: R&D Specialists,
Senior/Specialist Managers, Marketing & Sales, and
Procurement.
 Skills companies need to develop in their workforce
to make their businesses more sustainable and
better able to serve technical markets are not only
technical in nature – general business skills are
required for restructuring both internal and
external/client-facing working relationships.
 Closing the skills gap – aligning green and technical
textile manufacturing needs with business priorities
and product life cycle analysis.
 Practical tools for small business and benchmarking
strategies for manufacturers operating both
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