The NEOTEX Technopole in Monastir, partner of the TEX-MED ALLIANCES Mediterranean project funded by the ENI CBC MED program, hosted the hybrid symposium entitled “digital cluster of medical textiles” at the end of May 2022.
The synergies resulting from this meeting offer very promising premises for the development of links between stakeholders. For this reason, the symposium ended with the announcement of the official opening of the virtual market on 1 June. It will extend until 01 September to allow for the reconciliation of supply and demand for medical textiles. The Digital Medical Tissue Cluster Symposium brought together more than 200 face-to-face and online participants representing key players and key players in the field of medical textiles in Europe and the MENA area.
The latter have acquired greater importance and carried by the universal health crisis, Covid-19. Therefore, the digital cluster, officially launched on this occasion, aims to identify the main stakeholders, mobilize companies remotely and create synergies and exchanges. And this in order to create fruitful alliances and partnerships with high added value.
It is through this prism and in this logic that the symposium brought together the ecosystem of medical textiles to address various aspects inherent to the proper functioning and promotion of the sector.
The opening of the symposium was ensured by Jalel Ben Haj Khelifa, DG of Technopole, Samir Rekik, DG of textiles and clothing of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines, Mrs Susanna Leonelli, coordinator of the TEX-MED ALLIANCES project and Andrea Falchini, representative of the Italian Technical Textile Center. The meeting of experts and companies was divided into three main parts.
First, there was the presentation of the initiative represented by the digital cluster. There was also a return to genesis through a presentation by Francesco Pellizari, technical expert of the TEX-MED ALLIANCES project, before continuing with a presentation by Ramzi Zammali, the coordinator of the digital cluster initiative. He documented the positive impact of this marketing and support tool on the competitiveness of companies and their ability to be much more responsive to the market demand for medical textiles.
This digital cluster brings together Mediterranean companies. It will facilitate access to certifications, analyzes and tests, commercial opportunities and calls for tenders, as well as monitoring and networking activities.
The online platform of the Digital Cluster was presented. Its intuitive appearance, easy to access and use, and the various highly complementary sections were highly appreciated by the public.
Then, several experts such as Ada Ferri, representative of the Polytechnic of Turin, Stefano Ferrari, standard bearer of SKT Lab, or Matteo Malpaganti of the Italian Center for Technical Textiles, reviewed the latest innovations and properties of the sector as well as recommended antibacterials and treatments. antivirals, as well as certifications and market regulations.
“It will facilitate access to certifications, analyzes and tests, commercial opportunities and calls for tenders, as well as monitoring and networking activities”
Presentations covered a broad spectrum of fields of action, including information on public markets and healthcare tissue analysis.
The symposium was also an opportunity to get feedback from companies such as TEXIA, based in Spain. It has transformed the negative externalities associated with the massive production of medical fabrics into a market opportunity through the production of biodegradable medical fabrics.
The third part of the day was dedicated to the primary vocation of the digital cluster, whose members are not necessarily linked to a limited geographical space, i.e. exchanges and the creation of connections thanks to a matchmaking session that hosted about sixty B2B meetings. in hybrid mode. Those who were online also benefited from the contribution of the European B2Match platform.
The “Digital cluster of medical textiles” symposium represented on the one hand an unprecedented opportunity to present the cluster, which saw strong support at the end of the exchanges and debates. It was also an opportunity for the various links in the medical textile chain to come together around common challenges.
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