Textile Technology section
Euratex: plea to speed up recovery of the textile sector in the EU
The European textile and clothing (T&C) industry was hard hit by the pandemic in 2020. The T&C industry is a pillar of Europe, counting 160,000 companies (mainly SMEs), employing 1,500,000 people, generating €162,000 billion. 38% of such industry’s turnover is sold on global markets, whereby SMEs cover more than 50% of those global sales.
On the occasion of the EU Industry Days from February 23-26, 2021, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium, asks the European Commission and Member States to set the right conditions for the competitiveness and resilience of its industrial base, in particular the T&C industry.
Euratex has suggested a series of measures: Firstly, Europe should put in place effective market surveillance, avoid unfair competition and guarantee level playing field. The continent has the stringiest social and environmental standards, and it should protect the quality of its products. Next, Europe should support the transition towards a more sustainable and digital industry through specific funds and programs. Moreover, the sector should reduce future risks by diversifying its supply chains and promote nearby production.
A market proof approach should be adopted by the continent when moving towards sustainability and circular economy. The green transition should carefully balance the cost of this transition process and the long-term benefits. Furthermore, education systems and institutes should be helped to develop comprehensive and leading-edge T&C knowledge.
Euratex also suggests that Europe should have a coherent approach when legislating in different areas. All policies, from the Green Deal to the Sustainable Chemicals strategy, from the EU Trade strategy to the EU Industrial one, should be consistent and not hamper industry.
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SDC: survey on skills gap in dyeing and textile coloration
The textile dyeing industry is experiencing a global skills gap, now reaching crisis point, as younger people fail to enter the profession, says a new survey from the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), Bradford/UK.
Lack of knowledge is now harming textile production, and adding to corona virus woes, agreed a majority of over 100 respondents from 14 countries. The SDC has highlighted growing concerns – and a need for more, ongoing workplace education to counter these issues, as agreed by an overwhelming 87%.
Findings state that a third of global employers involved in dyeing and finishing are unable to recruit the talent that they need, with a further 55% of participants claiming that there is a lack of transferable scientific knowledge within the industry. A total of 77% agreed there was a skills crisis and 53% believed this was already at crisis point. Reasons for this were cited as young people having negative perceptions of the industry, or wanting to be designers rather than dyers, alongside a lack of knowledge of the chemistry behind the processes, as well as poorly promoted opportunities in dyeing.
If the gap is not closed, respondents believe that industries will disappear worldwide, quality of finished products will be compromised, and knowledge and expertise will be lost permanently.
Research was carried out in December 2020 and involved employers as well as dyeing and coloration employees at all levels.
For the full report and further information: www.sdc.org.uk/whitepaper
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