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WORLD EXPANSION THOUGHT DISRUPTIVE DESIGN PRODUCTS

Designation of the project | World Expansion thought disruptive design products
Project code | POCI-02-0853-FEDER-019517
Main Objective | Reinforcing the competitiveness of SMEs
Region of intervention | NORTH
Beneficiary | COTTONANSWER, S.A.

Date of approval | 08-30-2016
Start date | 06-01-2016
End date | 05-05-2018
Total eligible cost | € 3,884,880.85
Financial support from the European Union | ERDF – EUR 1 942 940.43 and ESF – EUR 5 400.00

Objectives, activities and expected / achieved results

Cottonanswer, through its commitment to new technologies in the productive and organizational field, associated with innovative marketing solutions will be able to introduce new products thus improving the relationship with the customer.

In this way, the company will verify interventions regarding its productive and technological park, its energy and productive efficiency, as well as, organizational and marketing. Allowing the offer of new products and a shorter response time to market demands.

COTTONANSWER - WORLD EXPANSION TROUGHT DISRUPTIVE DESIGN PRODUTS - QUALIFICATION

Designation of the project | COTTONANSWER – WORLD EXPANSION TROUGHT DISRUPTIVE DESIGN PRODUTS – QUALIFICATION
Project code| POCI-02-0853-FEDER-020813
Main Objective | Reinforcing the competitiveness of SMEs
Region of intervention | NORTH
Beneficiary | COTTONANSWER, S.A.

Date of approval  | 07-02-2017
Start date| 01-09-2016
End date| 31-08-2018
Total eligible cost | 207 275,00€
Financial support from the European Union | ERDF – EUR 92 092.50 and ESF – EUR 1 575.00

Objectives, activities and expected / achieved results

Within the scope of this project, Cottonanswer will invest in intangible assets, such as marketing and organizational innovations, leading to the optimization of the internal organization and making its organizational processes more efficient, thus maximizing its productive capacity and its presence in markets.

WORLD EXPANSION TROUGHT DISRUPTIVE DESIGN PRODUTS - INTERNATIONALIZATION

Designation of the project | WORLD EXPANSION TROUGHT DISRUPTIVE DESIGN PRODUTS – INTERNATIONALIZATION
Project code| POCI-02-0752-FEDER-020856 | POCI-03-3560-FSE-020856
Main Objective | Reinforcing the competitiveness of SMEs
Region of intervention | NORTH
Beneficiary | COTTONANSWER, S.A.

Date of approval  | 21-02-2017
Start date| 21-10-2016
End date| 20-10-2019
Total eligible cost | 321 550,00€
Financial support from the European Union | ERDF – EUR 141 660.00 and ESF – EUR 4 050.00

Objectives, activities and expected / achieved results

Dynamization of web presence, through digital economy, and participation in fairs of the sector are premises of this project.
Cottonanswer expects the realization of dematerialized business processes, allowing the sharing of information, as well as innovations and fostering partnerships.
In this way there will be a greater communication and proximity to markets / clients turning into greater levels of visibility in the international market.

RFProTex - Innovative Textiles for Radiofrequency Radiation Protection

Project Code: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-039833
Support: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI ID&T) | I&D Empresarial – Projetos em Copromoção– Aviso 31/SI/2017
Leading entity: COTTONANSWER, S.A.
Co-promoters: CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DAS INDÚSTRIAS TEXTIL E DO VESTUÁRIO DE PORTUGAL – CITEVE | Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto | Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto | REQUIMTE – REDE DE QUIMICA E DE TECNOLOGIA – ASSOCIAÇÃO
Objective: OT 1 – Strengthen research, technological development and innovation
Project Location: NUTS II – NORTH
Approval Date: 05/07/2019
Start Date: 11/01/2019
End date: 10/31/2022
Amounts involved:
− Total Investment: 708,135.14 Euros
− Total Eligible Investment: 700,971.51 Euros
− Financial Support (Non-Refundable Incentive): FEDER 489,744.75 Euros
Project summary:
In recent years there has been a large increase in exposure to electromagnetic radiation (namely microwaves and radio waves) resulting from the use of electronic equipment. Although more evidence is needed to demonstrate the risk associated with exposure to these radiations, the topic is seen by public health authorities, including the World Health Organization, as a priority area. As such, it is necessary to adopt preventive measures that focus on reducing the amount of radiation that is absorbed by the human body. One of these measures involves the use of textiles specifically designed to provide attenuation characteristics to these radiations.
It is in this sense that the RFProTex – Innovative Textiles for Radiofrequency Radiation Protection project arises, with the main objective of researching and developing clothing with electromagnetic radiation attenuation properties, through innovative finishing technologies, such as depletion, impregnation and coating/ coating. Radiation attenuation should be based on energy absorption (existing solutions based on energy reflection can cause electromagnetic interference), for a wide range of microwave and radio waves. The garments to be developed have as their target segment, high and medium-high fashion customers, who are looking for pieces with a sophisticated design, made with high quality, comfortable, light and breathable textiles (current solutions are mostly job).
Activities:
1. Technical management and project coordination;
2. Preliminary studies and technical specifications;
3. R&D of new solutions for microwave and radio wave attenuation;
4. Construction of prototypes;
5. Tests/assays and validation;
6. Promotion and dissemination of results.
Expected results:
✓ Development of textile structures with microwave and radio wave attenuation properties by finishing processes.
✓ Development of textile structures with microwave and radio wave attenuation properties based on energy absorption.
✓ Development of textile structures capable of attenuating a wide range of microwave and radio waves.
✓ Development of everyday garments with microwave and radio wave attenuation properties.