Textiles Future Forum

The aim of the Textiles Future Forum initiative is to accelerate collaboration between the Scottish textile industry and academia designed to fast-track innovation in the sector and wider markets where textiles are the key to the supply chain.

The TFF initiative is market-driven and industry-led, and works across the sector to identify innovative projects where partnership and support from academia can assist in unlocking potential for growth.

Progress to date and the impact on innovation has been significant. Since the initiative was launched in August 2014, with the support of the Scottish Funding Council, the STLA, Scottish Enterprise, Interface, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise; TFF have invested over £1m into the Scottish textile sector.

Ten projects have been awarded funding and support from Textiles Future Forum.

  • Low-cost Textile Antenna Array (search & rescue)
  • Bovine Bum Bags
  • Light Emitting Textiles - innovative lighting solutions for smart textiles production
  • Transforming Unexploited Tiles
  • Bespoke In-House digital print on cashmere feasibility study
  • Thermo-chemical processing of waste wool (pyrolysis)
  • Leather take back scheme
  • Lightweight wind turbine blade
  • Collagen fibre

The ten projects awarded each address industry critical key thematic areas:

  • Advanced performance fibres, fabric
  • Embedded sensors, advanced coatings
  • Healthcare and medical applications
  • Sustainable raw materials
  • Resource efficiency in textile materials
  • Digital fashion
  • Consumer-driven integrated digital textiles

The current TFF initiative will conclude in August 2017. The focus for the remainder of the time is to continue the innovation stimulation activity, to undertake market/technology foresighting, and to look at wider collaboration.

TFF will continue to support the Scottish Textile Industry Strategy to be a world-class textiles sector, making a genuine impact on the Scottish economy; growing jobs, companies, and our standing on the global stage. The TFF initiative will continue to promote across the entire textile supply chain, from the traditional design-led and textiles-based, through to the more technical disciplines (including architecture and construction, marine and coastal applications, healthcare and medical applications). This is underpinned by the cross-discipline approach to innovation within the sector.

Please click here to see examples of TFF Case Studies. For further information on the Textiles Future Forum initiative please contact Gillian Wishart.

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