On September 15th, a large group from the TenCate Protective Fabrics Research and Development team paid a visit to Jan Mahy and Saxion University’s Sustainable & Functional Textiles research group (Enschede, NL).
Comprised of team members from both our US and EU teams, the TCPF group enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the Saxion lab facilities, including both the Circular Textile Lab and the Thermoplastic Composites lab of the Lightweight Structures Research Group, led by Ferrie van Hattum.
A Shared Commitment to Innovation
As a culmination of the visit, our two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – a representation of our shared collaboration commitment going forward.
Both organisations serve as hubs of new textile technologies – committed to seeking out new advancements around fabric sustainability, comfort, and performance. Recognising the advantages of leveraging our combined resources and industry experience, the TenCate Protective Fabrics–Saxion leadership teams view this partnership as an essential element in unlocking new protective fabric breakthroughs.
The Creative link
“Saxion’s applied research projects have generated growing interest from companies throughout the whole textile chain who wish to enter a sustainable, multi-annual collaboration with Saxion. At Saxion, we look carefully at the company’s ambitions in the area of sustainability. The high-quality textiles produced by TenCate Protective Fabrics are a good match for the work of the Sustainable & Functional Textiles research group. This enables us to link creative technology and innovation with education and so make an impact in the world around us.”
-Raimond Bartelink, Head of School of Creative Technology, Saxion
A Partnership for the Road Ahead
As two organisations devoted to textile innovation, we're excited at the chance to unlock this new, scientific partnership. Capitalizing on our collective strengths and capabilities will only aid in the shared goal of bringing fresh perspectives and new solutions to the protective textiles market. This is just the beginning of a long, productive collaboration between TenCate Protective Fabrics and Saxion.
Now formalised by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), this new agreement serves as the foundation of both parties' commitment to maintaining a structural and strategic collaboration for years to come.