This month’s patent alert highlights innovations of selected OEKO-TEX® STeP certified companies to illustrate that innovation and sustainability go hand in hand.

PRG PROJECTS NV, an Ostend-based company, has created a unique inflatable structure to display images 360° visibly. The innovative design of this structure demonstrates the leading position of Belgian companies in advanced entertainment technology.

Horizon Europe is the European Union's most effective instrument for subsidising innovation and research. Its main objectives are to promote Europe's scientific leadership and industrial competitiveness. It will achieve this by tackling the 'grand challenges' such as the green and digital transformation, sustainable growth and social well-being. This ambitious programme is the largest of its kind worldwide, with a total budget of more than €95 billion.

As part of the Sustainable and Circular Textiles Strategy, legislation pertaining to textile labelling is being reviewed. Additionally, a decision has been made to establish a delegated act for clothing under the EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation. Currently, preparatory studies are being conducted for both initiatives. Companies are welcome to give their feedback!

The Techtextil Innovation Award 2024 was presented on 23 April 2024 at 12:30 pm in an official, media-effective ceremony.

Today, we are honoured with the Techtextil Innovation Award for our development aimed at enhancing the recycling of thermoplastic fibre composites used in aircraft parts.

The current innovation pertains to floor covering yarns that display diverse characteristics along their entire length, as well as techniques and equipment for manufacturing such yarns.

The Centexbel patent-cell conducted a search inspired by the EPO "Patent Index 2023" and its specific report for Belgium, focusing on patents from Belgian companies related to textiles and plastics published in the last year.

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