CORENET | Customer-oriented and eco-friendly networks for healthy fashionable goods


Adopting the CoReNet framework, based on methods and tools for cost-efficient collaborative networking, the European textile, clothing and footwear industries will be able to provide small series of customised fashionable goods for these groups by keeping products digital for as long as possible, thus delaying production so as to be able to produce goods on demand. This has the effect of boosting efficiency and reducing waste, thus positively impacting the environment. The most important elements of the project are: • A reference model, which enables sustainable and collaborative supply networks to address, orient and coordinate organisational, technological and knowledge management issues. • Web virtualisation systems which enable the production of healthy clothes and shoes to take place within design environments which are both collaborative and productive. • Coordination of the supply networks for process configuration, forecast and planning for stock replenishment, real-time control and tracking and tracing, including the use of sustainability benchmarks. • Innovations in production processes related to customisation via the adoption of rapid manufacturing technologies for optimised digital printing and laser engraving. The consortium is strengthened by a large commitment from SMEs in the European textile, clothing and footwear industries, as it includes important actors in the value chain, from technology providers, component suppliers and manufacturers. Within CoReNet, all partners in the production process will be able to work together to add value, with the consumer in the driving seat. CoReNet’s methods and tools will allow design changes to be made rapidly and production processes to be adapted seamlessly so as to enable rapid yet durable customisation. CoReNet’s results will be tested in industrial plants, demonstrating the full potential of this approach, which is based on sustained collaborative networking.

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Start date: 01-06-2010
End date: 31-05-2013
Total budget - Public funding: 5 120 942,00 Euro - 3 502 499,00 Euro
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The objective of CoReNet is to address consumer needs and expectations of wide range of European citizens as well as specific target groups - such as elderly, obese, disabled, or diabetic persons -by supplying small series of functional and fashionable clothes and footwear of high quality, affordable price and eco-compatibility. Therefore the European Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry will be able to provide customised health fashionable goods for relevant social niches, so improving its market shares. In order to design, develop, produce and distribute the related small order quantities in a cost- and eco-efficient way a new framework
and components for new collaborative networking will be developed, enabling to stay as long as digital and to produce on-demand. This includes: a) consumer integrated collaborative eco-oriented design, and configuration of ”healthy”; wearables using web-enabled virtualisation and ”green”; materials, b) a
radical renewal of critical value creation steps by the adoption of Rapid Manufacturing technologies for optimised digital printing and laser engraving; and c) the overall integration and co-ordination of business processes
and information exchange by a set of new (web)services for network design and ad-hoc (re-)configuration, for real-time planning, forecasting and replenishment, and for tracking and tracing of ecology and quality. Within COReNet framework, all partners of the value creating sectors will become able to co-ordinate value creation processes, with the end consumer as driving actor. CoReNet will be collaboratively tested and demonstrated within industrial plants, thus showing the full potential of the new sustainable collaborative cross-sector networking approach



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