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Wed, 25 Sep 2002 08:47:10 +0100
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Commission to showcase high-tech clothing

Record Control Number : 18985
Date : 2002-09-24
Category :  Event
General Information :
   The European Commission will demonstrate to the clothing industry
                how to use information society technologies (IST)  to their
                advantage at 'The EU apparel business goes high-tech' in Brussels
                on 15 October.

                Wearable technology and clothing customised to individual
                healthcare, sports, quality of life and entertainment needs will be
                on show. The Commission will underline how IST can boost
                productivity and competitiveness and highlight the advantages of a
                move into activities such as 3-D body scanning, trying on clothes
                virtually, mass customisation, multi-functional clothing, online
                retailing and other e-commerce solutions.

                'Tailoring textiles and clothing to enhance every wearer's quality
                of life will bring benefits to consumers and offers interesting new
                opportunities for industry,' says EU Commissioner for Enterprise
                and Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, who will open the

                'Enterprises that want to succeed in today's competitive markets
                cannot stand still. Innovation does not just mean inventing new
                products. It means transforming and extending product ranges and
                services, adapting production and delivery methods and constantly
                upgrading management methods, the organisation of work and worker
                qualifications,' said Mr Liikanen.

                As customers become more sophisticated and seek more individualised
                products, IST can be used to meet these demands. Until now, the
                main difficulties have been sector specific ones such as the
                customer's desire to check the fit of clothing, feel the material
                and see the colour. The conference will examine technological
                developments aimed at surmounting these challenges, and pinpoint
                areas where further research and innovation is necessary.

                The event will also demonstrate how IST can create new networking
                structures across company and country boundaries. This will benefit
                small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)  in particular by
                enabling them to pool fragmented activities and search for
                suppliers and markets worldwide.

                The textiles and clothing sector is one of Europe's leading
                manufacturing industries with a turnover of around 196 billion euro
                in 2001. It employs over two million people in around 113,000
                companies, most of them SMEs, which are often concentrated in
                particular regions. In addition, the sub-sector in Europe has a
                turnover of 70 billion euro, employing some 960,000 people. While
                the trade balance for textiles is positive, this is not the case
                for clothing, with exports of 16.4 billion euro against imports of
                50.8 billion euro in 2001.

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Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on IP/02/1354
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Economic
Contact Person : For further information on the conference, please consult the
                following web address:

                For further information on the textile and apparel industry, please
                consult the following web address:


  Patrick O'Beirne, Director.
  Systems Modelling Ltd., Software Quality Consulting.