CoReNet project was launched the 1st June 2010 under the framework of the call FoF.NMP.2010-2 (Grant Agreement: 260169).

CoReNet main aim is to meet peculiar needs and expectations of widely represented European consumer targets - such as elderly, obese, disabled, diabetic people -, that  usually look for clothes and footwear with particular functional requirements but, at the same time fashionable, high quality, eco-sustainable  and at an affordable price.

Adopting the CoReNet framework, based on methods and tools for a cost and eco-efficient collaborative networking, the European Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry (TCFI) will be able to provide small series of customised fashionable goods for such relevant social niches by enabling products to stay as long as possible digital and to produce on-demand.

The most important pillars of the project are:

  • Reference model enabling sustainable and collaborative supply networks to address, orientate and integrate organizational, technological and knowledge management issues.
  • Web virtualisation systems enabling Integrated and collaborative design and configuration environment of healthy clothes and shoes.
  • Supply network coordination services for process configuration, forecasting and replenishment planning, real-time control and finally tracking and tracing including sustainability KPIs.
  • Radical innovation of production processes related to product personalization, by the adoption of Rapid Manufacturing technologies for optimised digital printing and laser engraving.

The large commitment of SMEs of the TCFI is the main strength of the consortium, that includes important actors of the value chain, from technology providers, components suppliers to manufactures, in order to demonstrate with different pilot cases how the CoReNet solutions will impact on the overall value of TCFI supply networks.

Within CoReNet framework, all partners of the value chain will be able to actively collaborate in value creation processes where the end consumer is the driving actor. CoReNet methods and tools will enable design changes and production processes adaptation for easy and sustainable product customizations.

CoReNet results will be tested and demonstrated within industrial plants, showing the full potential of the proposed sustainable collaborative networking approach.