EU Project TCBL (2015-2019)
Description Renewing the European Textile & Clothing sector by exploring new ways of design and making
EU Call Horizon 2020
Total Funding €8,214,760.45 €
IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab
Partners Deutsche Institute Fur Textil – Und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DE), Oxford Brookes University (UK), SQETCH BV (NL), Hellenic Clothing Industry Association (EL), CLEVIRIA SRL (IT), Istituto Superiore Mario Boella Sulle Tecnologie Dell’Informazione e Delle Telecomunicazioni Associazione (IT), SKILLAWARE SRL (UK), The Open University (UK), SANJOTEC – Associacao Cientifica e Tecnologica (PT), Stichting Waag Society (NL), Interuniversitair Micro-Eelectronica Centrum (BE), Comune di Prato (IT), Asociatia Reginnova NE, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK), Unione Regionale Delle Camere di Commercio Industria, Artigianato e Agricoltora del Veneto (IT), Anonymi Etaireia Viomichanikis Erevnas, Technologikis, Anaptyxis Kai Ergastiriakon Dokimon, Pistopiisis Kai Piotitas (EL), IMINDS (BE), Alfamicro-Sistemas de Computadores (PT), Centre Scientifique & Technique de l’Industrie Textile Belge (BE), Consorzio ARCA (IT), Institut Français de la Mode (FR), E-ZAVOD (SI), Huddersfield District Textile Training Company (UK), Clear Communications Associates Limited (UK).

TCBL Textile & Clothing Business Labs is building a multi-faceted business ecosystem of sector enterprises, innovation labs, service providers, and business advisors, all working together to transform the Textiles and Clothing industry. The common objective is to build alternative paths to over-production and diminishing value while returning 5% of production capacity and reducing environmental footprint by 20%, within 2025.

In its first two years of operations, TCBL has built a valued-based community of 136 enterprises, 28 business labs, 75 expert advisors, 12 service providers, and 7 startups collaborating towards this shared goal. Innovative business models are currently being explored for re-structuring supply chains (natural cotton and eco-friendly production), re-shaping production processes (short runs and independents) and re-framing customer values (bacteria dyeing and digital heritage).

TCBL is a research and innovation project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under Grant Agreement 646133. It brings together 22 organisations from 11 EU Member States. The four-year work plan runs from July 2015 through June 2019, with a total budget of over 8 Million Euros.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 646133.