Digital Modernisation of Textiles and Fashion Feb 2023

Innovate UK KTN are delivering a textiles and fashion showcase event on Thursday 9th February 2023. Event slides now available.

Event Details


10.00 - 16.00


Henry Royce Institute
Oxford Rd
Manchester, M13 9PL

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9 February 2023 | 10:00-16:00 | Henry Royce Institute


The UK is still the biggest market for fashion in Europe and holds a substantial textiles industry, though skills were lost when much of the industry was offshored.

Technology in the form of AI and robotics can help to shift the balance back in favour of UK production. We can learn from other industries how technology can shorten supply chains and improve efficiency. To progress in this area we need to have all the potential stakeholders on side from the Big Brands and the retailers to industry and academia and beyond to the start-ups and SMEs pushing the boundaries in new ideas.

Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN are keen to explore with the community what is currently being done to adopt technology in the industry, what the challenges are that are being addressed through this approach and what other industries using technology in their manufacturing processes could offer as examples.

Click here to download the slides from the event.

About the event

Innovate UK KTN are delivering a textiles and fashion showcase event on Thursday 9th February 2023.

The day will include an introduction to the event and the project behind it, a number of appropriate and focussed presentations on potential digital technologies relevant to textiles and fashion as well as industrial experience of their potential use. There will be a number of related discussions with a view to participants identifying potential collaborations. The event will close with a summary of the day and a view of future events taking the initiatives forward.

There will be the opportunity to see the facilities that Royce have relevant to technology for textiles and fashion plus the newly funded £3.8 million Robotics Living Lab (RoLL) space and the Work in Progress (WIP) space at Manchester Fashion Institute (MFI).

Manchester Fashion Institute has kindly sponsored an early evening drinks reception.

Who is the event for and why should you attend?

Fashion designers, technology providers, textiles manufacturers, retailers. Hear about the latest relevant digital technologies, learn of company experiences, shape Government policy and funding.


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