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Learning expedition – Prato

08/11/2021 - 09/11/2021


Take part in the 2-day learning expedition to discover the Tuscany textile ecosystem.
We invite you to one of the most important manufacturing area where recycling was born more than 70 years ago!

Prato is one of the most important textile manufacturing area at national and European level, with a strong focus on traditional textile for garment. It can be considered as a pioneer in recycling with a long history in recycled wool. The textile and clothing sector represent the most relevant reality in terms of number of companies in the sector (around 7.000), of people employed (around 44.000) and economic turnover. The industrial district present an active environment where growing interdependence among companies, and different actors drive to an innovative approach for the fashion system.

To have a wide and heterogeneous vision on the T&C reality of Prato, the 2-day Learning Expedition organized by Next Technology Tecnotessile (NTT), will bring you to discover the production of traditional T&C companies as well as more innovative companies engaged in textile recycling and in the technical textile production.
The first day will be dedicated to the visit of the Tuscany Fashion Cluster (the host organization) and of Lanificio Faliero Sarti, a historic textile company of the Prato district, specialized in high fashion textiles. The expedition will then focus on the recycling dimension of the textile industry through the visit of a processing factory, Nuova Fratelli Boretti, a traditional company rooted in the Prato territory dealing with regeneration of textile raw material and circular economy since 1960. In line with the theme of recycling the expedition will move to GIDA, a wastewater management company.
The second day you will attend a workshop dedicated to circular textile and technical textile with the participation of experts, exponents of the T&C industry as well as the intervention of entrepreneurs. Networking opportunities will be then possible through meetings and social event with local companies and actors.

We are waiting for you!


Day: November 8th and 9th 2021
Location: Prato/Florence Region (Italy)

Day 1 – November 8th

Time Activities
9.00 – 10.00 Visit to NTT – Cluster presentation
10.30 – 13.00  Visit to a traditional textile company specialized in high fashion textiles (Lanificio Faliero Sarti) – Prato area
13.00 – 14.30  Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Visit to a textile processing factory in textile recycling (Nuova Fratelli Boretti) – Prato area
16.30 – 18.00 Visit to GIDA (TBC), Management of water purification plants, (Prato)


Day 2 – November 9th

Time Activities
9.00 – 13.00 Workshop on Prato textile ecosystem, circular textiles and technical textiles with experts and exponents of Prato area –  Confindustria Toscana Nord
– An expert of the CTN Study Centre will present the history, the characteristics and peculiarities of the ecosystem of Prato
– Enrico Venturini (Next Technology Tecnotessile) will illustrate the specificities of the Prato district, in particular the features of the fashion industry
– Fabio Giusti (Trafi Creatività Tessile Srl) will present the activities of its companies specialised in fantasy yarns and fabrics, with demonstration of samples of innovative textile for fashion
13:00 – 14:30  Lunch
 14:30 – 17:00  -Networking and meetings with local stakeholders. Matchmaking with local companies.
** All visits are tentative subject to change without prior notice.
** GALACTICA consortium reserves the right to change dates or cancel the call at any time, change its provisions or extend it. In such a case we will inform all applicants about such change.

Do you want financial support to participate?

Apply now for a travel voucher!

You can get 650€ if you are traveling from outside Italy or 500€ if you are within Italy (at least 300km away from Prato).

Travel vouchers are open to SMEs from EU27 or UK from textile, aerospace or advanced manufacturing sectors.

See full details in the call for expression of interest.

If you are applying for a travel voucher you will be registered automatically and there is no need to use this form. 

Please register here if you are willing to participate without travel voucher

In case you would like to attend with more than one person, be aware that only 1 travel voucher can be granted to each company.

Registrations are closed for this event



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