Textiles Future Forum



The Textiles Future Forum (TFF) hosted its first Innovation in Textiles Event at The Royal Scots Club on Thursday 5 March.

Fast-track innovation

Textiles Future Forum is an initiative that started last year to accelerate collaboration between Scottish industry and academia to fast-track innovation in the sector and wider markets where textiles are key to the supply chain.

The aim of the event was to provide a forum for businesses to collaborate and overcome common business problems such as obtaining funding, design issues, IP shortages, manufacturing issues, effective supply chain management and market intelligence.

After a few brief introductions, a range of delegates were encouraged to provide a tw-minute elevator pitch describing their business and any issues that it faced. After this, a 'TradingZone' session took place, where those who had pitched could chat with any delegate who thought that they may be able to provide a solution to the issues that they faced.

The event was organised in collaboration between TFF (based at Heriot-Watt) and the Scottish Leather and Textile Association (STLA) and was attended by around 100 delegates from industry and academia representing a range of fields including, design, engineering and manufacturing.

Joe Pacitti, Manager of TFF, said, “This was fantastic first event for TFF. To have so many delegates was pleasing, but the level of interaction between them was just fantastic. The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, so I think it’s safe to say that we will be hosting more of these events in the very near future.”

If you would like more information on TFF, please contact Joe Pacitti. You can also follow TFF on Twitter - twitter.com/TextilesFuture.