04.05.2015 - 07.05.2015 — Hall: 3.1 Stand: B 72
Techtera is the innovation cluster for textiles and flexible materials in the Rhône-Alpes Region, the French leading area for technical textiles.
The mission is to encourage and boost collaborative innovation projects (processes and products) through services dedicated to supervision, support, networking, fundraising and communication.
How? The cluster initiates R&D themes and forms workgroups, which guides right up to the development, the financing and the achievement of R&D projects resulting from those workgroups. Techtera connects manufacturers, technical centres, research centres... Its purpose is also to revitalise the links between companies from the textile sector and to use the Rhône-Alpes area as a flagship territory for technical and functional textiles in Europe and overseas.
Techtera supports companies and research centres wishing to develop an innovation by providing all its services and solutions.
Our cluster, day-by-day:
Make the best of its network, for the benefit of member companies (manufacturing companies, research centres, technical centres, training and education centres),
Provide a technological and financial watch of the industry, aiming at widening the possibilities for innovation (Innovation Workshop),
Constitute, run and conduct the collaborative project follow-up groups,
Attract the human and financial means necessary for the success of projects,
Provide a frame and organise the set-up of projects,
Advise and support its members through their search for fundings,
Communicate market-related, law and technical expertises,
Connect businesses, researchers, government, sponsors,
Conceive and implement partnerships, especially inter-clustering in France and abroad,
Implement international communication plans.
Today, the cluster has 120 members, of which:
78% businesses (SMEs = 79%),
20% research and training centres.
Some of our services:
Innovation-Workshops: a major step in the process of creating R&D projects upstream,
Enhancement-Workshops: publish and present scientific and technical results of the projects initiated by Techtera,
Setting-up projects, through a methodology and designed tools for supervising collaborative R&D projects,
Business launching services: help members to find new markets for their innovative textile products and to reach the right contacts by implementing targeted business actions,
The CART'TEX cartography: a chart of uncommon and exploitable skills within the textile industry skills to helps SMEs embarking on a project and find out about existing resources
E.g.: A small business with a project to buy a machine and its complementary know-how as part of its business plan. The chart created by Techtera will allow this business to locate a firm in the region with this machine with its know-how and ready to do subcontract work. The collaboration between the two companies becomes established upstream of the proposed R&D project. Thus, each has benefited from the availability of Techtera’s in-depth knowledge in the industry.