Our achievements

Examples of R&D projects

R&D projects launched in 2017 :

BIOPAD

Qualify and bring to the market an innovative mulching product, 100% vegetal and biodegradable fibers-made, made in France following a patented spunlacing process, made from local by-products and to be used in market gardening and organic vine-growing.

HYDROECOLIGHT

Develop mulching solution, entirely biodegradable and using local by-products.

ORGTEX

Make the best use of organic materials in wearable biomedical monitoring systems, to develop biocompatible solutions for low-cost interfacing between electronic devices and the human body.

DEPERFLEX II

Develop a comfortable, sturdy, repellant material appropriate for sportwear, and eco-friendly thanks to a fluor free coating.

ETINCELS II

Provide textile solutions embedding sensors that will allow to answer to thermal-reated stress situations encountered by security professionals.

FILOGRAPH II

Develop a smart textile with a graphene coated natural and/or biosourced yarn. The conduction properties will provide a free-battery equipment while preserving lightness and flexibility.

LITEVA

Develop multifunction textiles for emitting the appropriate alerts for the safety of autonomous vehicles users.

NCF HP²

Develop a new generation of Non Crimp Fabric made from carbon fibers, and develop the associated textile processes for manufacturing thermoset composite parts for the aeronautic and automotive industries.

PLUG & WET II

Improve productivity while reducing water and energy consumption for a more efficient weaving process.

POLYBIOSKIN

Broaden the use of biopolymers in biomedical, cosmetic, and sanitary skin-contact applications.

SMARTEES

Help innovative companies to grow their business in adopting flexible electronics in new products lines.

SONIC BIO-TAPES

Develop fully bio-based composites for structural applications and cost-cuttong for the automotive sector.

 

 

R&D projects launched in 2016 :

PRIDYN : Develop four safety schemes (DCR 2.0 screens, mudslide barrages, rockfall protection kits, forest screens) for protection from natural hazards (rock and soil).

EFIGY : Develop polymeric formulations incorporating optimised optical properties to obtain multi-filaments with photo-luminescent, retro-reflective and chrome functions.

QAICAR : Develop an air-treatment concept for inside cars to quickly and durably deal with chemical pollutants, smells and microorganisms.

NHYCCO : New hybrid yarns for protective clothing and composites applications with high performances

STRATOBUS : Develop an autonomous stratospheric airship that will carry territory monitoring and telecommunications applications.

 

R&D projects launched in 2015 :

SUPERHYDROPES : Create hydrophobic polyester fibres, for limiting stains such as those due to sweat, and generally facilitate cleaning of the corresponding fabrics.

LIGHTEX INSIDE : Large-scale industrialisation of the Lightex® technology, the principle of weaving optical fibres to achieve flexible or rigid luminous surfaces, with very low space requirements, low power consumption and long life.

BIOCLIMATIQUE : Offer a technology-assistance centre for research and development on the theme of comfort of use.

TEXIMED : Develop medical devices (bandages, implants, photodynamic therapy) to address specific pathologies poorly treated at present.

PERFECT : Offer structured employment and training solutions:

– By increasing the attractiveness of the textile industry

– By strengthening the employability and responsibility of individuals in the management of training/employment procedures

– By improving cooperative activities in the regions and the creation of management planning tools for jobs in the sector

MINT : Develop and manufacture materials and processes for 3D printing on textile surfaces.

MIVANA : Develop medical devices and techniques derived from the textile industry, in order to create a national cardiovascular sector.

PITAGOR : Develop and maintain applied research and innovation in the field of geosynthetics.

INCREASE : Develop a manufacturing process for composite parts with high fibre content through injection/compression. The technical concepts developed through this project aim at exploiting and making the TP impregnation process effective on dry reinforcements using horizontal injection presses.

CELLICAL : Develop biomaterials incorporating active ingredients for the regeneration of soft tissue using cellulose microfibre.

MACEO : Understand what causes losses in cellulosic materials, and find solutions for reducing them by a factor of 100.

ACTINAT : Offer treatment with fluorine gas technology present on the MISTRAL platform inaugurated in 2015.

COLOMATRIX : Propose a solution for post-surgery colorectal complications for patients with cancer or inflammatory diseases in the intestine.

HYBRIDAL : Develop, manufacture and market a construction system by assembling wood, concrete, ultra-high performance fibre concrete, structural adhesives and textiles applicable on two construction components: the floor and the facade.

 

R&D projects launched in 2014 :

ACAPULCO : Develop thermoplastic components reinforced with long or continuous fibres focusing on semi-structural parts with dual radius.

INOVANEX : Develop a technical textile for designing a range of compact, lightweight, small boat.

NICE : Develop a polymer matrix and an impregnation technology to create a product designed for the specifications of the Airbus Group, at a competitive price and in compliance with REACH requirements.

NOFORMOL : Find an alternative to textile finishing treatments containing formaldehyde. These finishing treatments are commonly used in the textile industry to impart crease-resistant properties, dimensional stability, ease of maintenance, etc.

PRORETEX : Develop construction procedures for repairing, reinforcing and protecting concrete structures, when subjected to extreme stress (fire, earthquake, explosion) with composite reinforcement textile formulations showing greater respect for sustainable development criteria.

SEALCOAT : Provide a transport system that avoids the road infrastructure for transporting heavy loads.

SMARTBANDAGE : Detect wound infection as speedily as possible by embedding a diagnostic solution in the bandage.

SMOUSSIF : Develop silicone foams and textiles coated with such foams for various applications including creation of lighter structures, electrical and acoustic insulations, fire resistance, antistatic properties and seal.

SOLARCLYM : Develop a UV and infrared protection system that remains transparent and translucent.

 

R&D projects launched in 2013 :

ECOLASTANE : Develop polyester textile fibres and biosourced polyurethanes for a variety of applications including outdoor sports & leisure.

ECOSILAC : Develop eco-designed surface coatings offering new and/or multifunctional properties. The project will give surface properties to plastic, glass and textile substrates, using eco-designed silicone acrylates.

FELIPE : Develop synthetic yarn offering an alternative to the famous “K fibre”, originally called elastane, and an innovative solution for tennis strings.

REVAMED : Develop implantable medical devices for repairing and regenerating soft tissue, and powerful tools for evaluating repair and tissue regeneration.

TECHNYMAT : Develop materials from textile production waste and end-of-life textiles to create three groups of high value-added materials: plastics, sound and heat insulation materials, materials for manufacturing synthetic yarn from recycled products.

 

Projects launched in 2012 and 2011 :

BATIR : Develop industrial-scale cold-plasma surface treatment at atmospheric pressure to increase the functional performance of flexible materials and to expand the range of potential applications.

BIONICOMP : Allow biosourced composites to catch up with the effectiveness of “traditional” composites by offering lighter-weight materials with less environmental impact, by improving their performance with natural fibre reinforcements and elastomer and thermoset matrices… This will use an ionisation-activated grafting technique to optimise fibre/matrix adhesion.

TEX SHIELD : Develop hydrophobic treatment to replace current processes based on fluorinated resins by using cleaner sol-gel chemistry.

TEXTILE 2020 : Create an international strategy and combined development actions to help the competitiveness of partner members of European textile clusters projects in key export countries targeted by the European Union.

TEXACTIV : Develop a new generation of functionalised textiles with long-term action on well-being, beauty and health.

BALLOO : Design a demonstration flexible reservoir based 3D textile preforms for more efficient aircraft, with regard to current standards, in case of crash or ballistic impact, etc. This must answer the imperative of lighter-weight devices due to the increase of energy prices and longer distances, or taking extra passengers.

FOMOTEX : Develop nonflammable coatings, in latex-free textile layers with multifunctional characteristics and meeting current regulations. The manufacturing process used will include impregnating dry powders, with a significant reduction in water and energy consumption – six partners.

HUMEVERE : Substitute vegetable oils for fossil oils in formulations of polymeric materials, but retaining their technical and economic effectiveness. Three types of oils will be developed: plasticisers for PVC used in technical fabrics; plasticisers for elastomers based on polyolefins; and elastomeric crosslinking agents.

MULTIMAFS : Develop materials that improve the electrical conductivity and mechanical strength of composites based on carbon fibres, used in aircraft. This is to increase their resistance to electrical attacks, reduce the number of manufacturing procedures and increase productivity.

AGROBOOST : Develop agrotextiles and geotextiles with controlled biodegradation but without the fragmentation phenomenon.

IVTV : Improve diagnosis and develop tools and treatments for the aging of biological tissues; also, tissue engineering. This will use the team and skills of seven companies and seven academic partners.

SYRIMAP : Develop hybrid polymer materials and flame-resistant composite structures with a high level of protection and a low load. These are obtained from the chemical reactions generated by reactive extrusion technology and provide more efficient fireproof products with new fire-protection applications in the building trade and industry.

VIRTEX : Develop a new generation of virucidal textile filters to combat mass contamination by air in public buildings, through an innovative method of treating air.

 

PROJECTS LAUNCHED IN 2010 :

COMPHOSOL : Develop coatings with photocatalytic properties, for indoor and outdoor use in the building sector to reduce pollution caused by the presence of volatile organic compounds; also, develop a self-cleaning function (for blinds, textile architectures, wallpapers, etc).

DOSELESS : Develop textiles that attenuate ionising radiation, to significantly improve the performance of the personal protective equipment used in the medical, nuclear power and research sectors.

GEO-INOV : Design and establish the properties of new-generation geotextiles, pioneers in terms of strength, efficiency and reduced carbon footprint.

IDS : Develop an inbuilt device for the preventing diabetic foot.

PEPS : Develop a printed electronic system for secure packaging of the future.

TIPCO : Develop composites with textile reinforcement and mineral matrix; also, an industrial manufacturing process for mass applications in the building and civil engineering sectors giving improvements in toughness and fire resistance.

TOUCH : Develop experimental measurements of touch correlated to sensory metrology through sensory analysis of materials.

 

Older projects (2009 and 2008) :

ECOMAT : Develop silicones and polyurethanes made from specific catalysts; without tin and mercury compounds, at competitive prices.

IDTCo : Develop powder formulations based on thermosetting resins to offer industry a high-diffusion composite of solvent-free pre-impregnated solutions, and transformation methods that meet sustainable development criteria for application in various sectors.

INTELLITEX : Develop semi- or fully-automated technologies, for improved productivity in the field of smart textiles, and sell them to a wider market.

PACID : Develop solutions using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) UHF (Ultra High Frequency) technology to improve the management and traceability of textile products.

PLATEFORME P2F : Provide a pre-manufacturing platform dedicated to the development and spinning of functional yarn, going from feasibility studies to the pre-manufacturing phase.

PROCOM : Develop a post-treatment process of hybrid reinforcements for composites (fibre carbon nanotubes).

SILICOTEX : Develop textiles (yarn and fabrics) based on silicone for the manufacture of medical devices, lingerie and footwear products, technical clothing, thermal industrial applications.

TEMASI : Develop three-dimensional lightweight geotextile structures for building infrastructures in critical zones.

TEXINTECO : Develop smart textiles from biosourced materials, recycled and recyclable, for the automotive sector.

TEXTILUB : Develop a new generation of self-lubricating composite textiles for aviation articulations, meeting the challenges of sustainable development.

THID : Develop tags for RFID (radio frequency identification), chip-free, low-cost and unfalsifiable.

 

And also (2007, 2006) :

ACTIPROTEX : Develop multi-active protection textiles for the prevention of nosocomial infections and microbial contaminations; for use in the creation of external and internal medical devices, professional clothing and lingerie.

CONFORTEX : Develop a comfort evaluation tool for health and sports clothing.

FIRETEX : Develop fireproof textiles meeting the new regulations in the field of transport and the building trade.

INPERMISE : Study the use of composite materials to ensure the safety of civil engineering works, taking into account the criteria to be met by property developers within the context of sustainable development; through the development of qualification tests, validation of calculation and design methods compatible with regulations.

MATBIOTEX : Develop functionalised textile materials intended for external medical devices (venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot) and internal implantable devices (prosthesis reinforcements or replacement of soft tissue).

NANOPTEX : Integrate the benefits of nanotechnology into the textile and paper industry through the development of optical and visual effects.

NAPCO : Develop low-cost three-dimensional textile structures; using a technology based on the needling technique.

POCKUS : Develop an eco-designed material (vegetable and sustainable) for applications in the luggage sector, and with innovative properties (shape memory, etc).

SOFTMETER : Develop an automatic measurement system for checking the softness of fabrics.

UNIVERRE : Develop high-performance multilayer textiles – unachievable on standard equipment.