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Committee for Research & Development

Chairman of the committee Mr. Antonello Marega, (President, EPSI)

FESI strongly believes that in addition to each company’s research and development activities, there is also a wide range of common, pre-competitive domains where sector collaboration is clearly of  strategic benefit to all.

These include:

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  • Environment / recycling: specific information on new materials / production process in eco and bio-friendly environments
  • Supply chain: product identification and traceability, RFID
  • Product quality / toxicity / allergy issues
  • Qualitative standards on biomechanical functionality, mechanical properties and material characteristics
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  • Studies and verifications on existing intellectual property rights
  • Scientific examination on specific social and age classes: children; women; elderly people; people with special needs
  • Consumer analysis: identification of concerns and problems
  • Investigating cross sector education and synergies

In addition, considering the substantial amount of financial resources available at the European Commission level for industry projects, it was clear that a specific European working committee dedicated to research and development had to be initiated.

The Committee for Research & Development has identified the first most important aspect to concentrate on, namely:


Analysis of the consumer evolution: trends and tendencies of social development with specific concern for different ages, classes and people with special needs.


FESI is an official partner of several collaborative research projects funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme:



PROsumer.NET is a European networking and roadmapping project, bringing together five European technology platforms across consumer goods sectors, such as textiles and clothing, footwear, sports goods and wood-based products, as well as the ManuFuture platform covering the related manufacturing technologies.
The project was initiated and is following in the footsteps of the 1st European Consumer Goods Research Conference, organised by the same stakeholders in February 2010. The draft research and innovation roadmap resulting from the European Seminar on Consumer Goods Research, which already was held in Brussels in June 2011, will be further developed in much more breadth and depth by the PROsumer.NET project.
For more details, see the website of the project:



FIT4U (Framework of Integrated Technologies for User Centred Products) aims to respond to the growing demand for consumer oriented product personalisation.  It will do this by conceiving an engineering framework - a set of tools and manufacturing technologies necessary for consumer centred product and process design and innovation in safety and sports footwear and accessories, particularly gloves.
For more details, see the website of the project:


Supporting Standardisation for Smart Textiles (SUSTA-SMART)

A variety of smart textile products with a high market potential have been developed with European funding (FP6 an FP7), such as the NMP projects: SAFE @ SEA (advanced personal protective clothing), POLYTECT (smart textile materials for infrastructure reinforcing and monitoring) and DEPHOTEX (flexible photovoltaic textiles).
Because standardisation is crucial to exploit and commercialize smart PPE, construction materials and consumer goods - for all of these products have to comply with legal regulations - SUSTA-SMART will map, synthesise and prioritise the standardisation needs. In addition, the project partners will work out a standardisation roadmap and present the input documents to the relevant European and international standardisation committees.
For more details, see the website of the project:



EASY-IMP is a European research project aiming to develop methodologies, tools and platforms for the design and production of personalised meta-products (product/services), combining wearable sensors embedded into garment with mobile and cloud computing.
The EASY infrastructure will enable collaborative design, production planning and supply chain management for this new range of combined product-service offers based on intelligent wearables.
For more details, see the website of the project: