The future of industry project is approaching its end as we have completed the process on the second case study on non-ferrous metals. With this study, we wanted to develop a process to engage with industry sectors in order to understand the challenges facing European manufacturers, and to develop recommendations in response (you can read more about this project in the related page).

One year has already passed since the future vision 2025 for the textile and clothing was completed. As it is not always easy to keep track on the impacts of foresight work, we made an explicit effort and went back to the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX), one of the main stakeholders supporting the foresight process. We spoke with Mr Lutz Walter, the R&D and Innovation Manager of EURATEX to understand how useful the foresight process has been and in how far the outcomes helped the sector.

An interesting message is that, despite the fact that getting all stakeholders to converge around the vision was not an easy process, having the possibility to look at the complexity of the drivers, the enablers and constraints that are important for the future evolution of the textile and clothing sector in a structured manner was very helpful for the sector.

The vision was part of EURATEX’s Strategic Innovation Research Agenda for the Textile and Clothing Industry and it is useful to connect with existing EU policies and programmes. At regional level, the vision was also as a tool to engage with policy makers in the context of smart specialisation strategies, within those European regions that have a need to foster textile innovation.

As rightfully pointed out by Mr Walter, the foresight process deployed could be also used for value chain, to look at common problems and opportunities across different sectors that share a common market. By looking at the trends and drivers, the holistic nature of the foresight approach allowed the stakeholders involved in our process to understand which are the right strategic choices to be taken today for the next five to ten years period.

You can listen to the full interview in the video below:

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