Background

It all started as an idea: bringing two textile worlds together in an attempt at creating synergies which would take the form of sustainable innovations for the future. In 2006, the idea resulted in the birth of the innovation initiative Smart Textiles.

Smart Textiles forms the link between the extensive textile knowledge of the companies throughout the Västra Götaland region and the research and education of the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, concerning the creation of innovative solutions. However, the work the initiative carries out  is today just as much a national concern as an international one, as Smart Textiles is the driving force behind the development of smart textiles.

New fields for textiles

Today, the textile field comprises a whole lot more than just fabrics and clothes. For example, textiles can be used in everything from garments that monitors your health, reinforcement materials in composites  to advanced blood vessels. Quality requirements and material choices are under constant change and new application areas are identified at a steady pace, not least owing to the work of Smart Textiles.

Unique research environment

Smart Textiles offers a unique research environment. Here you can find verything from fibre technology to design as well as access to the modern, full-scaled machine park and the skilled technicians at the Swedish School of Textiles. Smart Textiles is geographically located right in the textile centre of Sweden. Since 2013  we are a part of the the unique, textile cluster “Textile Fashion Center”, on the campus of the University of Borås. This is also the location of our Textile Showroom, which is where we show new materials, prototypes and products. Smart Textiles Showroom  also functions as a meeting place for the business community and academia.

From here, one can reach more than half of the Swedish textile industry and the major logistic centres of this industry in only 45 minutes. This is also the home of entrepreneurial trading and logistics companies with long traditions which are ready and able to invest in new technology. The partners of Smart Textiles are found at the academic level, among others the University of Borås (UB) and the SP Technical Research Institute of SwedenSwerea IVF and Chalmers have initiated new research into the business.

Synergy effects

Characteristic of the success of Smart Textiles is our clear goal: creating the foundation to create new business, new jobs and new innovative textile products. Success requires the full cooperation of companies, researchers and other partners.

The support of VINNOVA and the confidence placed in the Smart Textiles Initiative through the Vinnväxt grant have contributed to speeding up the process. We also receive support from the region. The fact that the public sector is part of the innovation system is  important when it comes to creating synergy effects outside the Sjuhärad region.