amontage futuro marcq [640x480]The European FUTEX Convention, launched in 2005, became the unmissable Technical Textile innovation event in Northern Europe. FUTEX is the result of the close partnership between the City of Marcq-en-Baroeul and the CLUBTEX network of technical textiles professionals. It is chaired by Patrice Gallant, Chairman of CLUBTEX, and Bernard Gérard, MP and Mayor of Marcq-en-Baroeul and Vice-Chairman of Parliament's Textile Commission.

This biennial event has already held 4 editions mobilising more than 300 participants representing about ten nationalities.

A '4-in-1' event :

- Meetings : Technical textile indstrialist as well as researchers and final users will provide information, hold discussions and answer all questions on the proposed topic at conferences and round tables
- Future : the European students are encouraged to candidate to the FUTEX Sutend Challenge in textile innovation with surprising, unexpected and promising projets
- Image : the FUTUROTEXTILES exhibition in partnership with lille3000 allows to demonstrate the scope of Technical Textile applications
- Exchanges : about 15 stands are run by professionals who present their activities, exhibit their recent innovations and share their needs for future projects

The themes of the previous issues:

2005 : the Textiles for Health and for Automotive with Patrick Devedjian, then Minister of Industry

2007:  the Extreme Textiles with Jean-Louis Etienne Medecin and Explorer of the north and south poles

2009 : Towards Textile Housing? with Patrick Coulombel, co-founder of Architectes de l'Urgence (Emergency Architects)

2011 : the Invisible Textiles with Joël de Rosnay, futurologist and biologist, specialised in the new technologies

FUTEX in 2012 : FUTEX is lending its know-how for the opening of CETI for the FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS 2012

FUTEX partners :
DIRECCTE - Conseil Regional - Lille Metropole - UP-tex - UIT Nord - APIM - IFTH - OSEO - j'innove - HEI - ENSAIT- lille3000