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Electronic Business in the Textile Industries

Can ICT Help to Overcome the Crisis?

Milan, 14 Oct. 2005

The e-Business W@tch workshop on "Supply Chain Integration and Interoperability Standards in the Textile Industry” was organised in cooperation with the Tex-Weave initiative and hosted by TextileItaly and ATI, the Italian Textile and Clothing industry Associations.

Tex-Weave is a standardisation initiative of CEN (the European Committee for Standardisation), promoted by EURATEX (the European Apparel and Textile Association). The aim of Tex-Weave is to define a common reference model for data exchange and enterprise networking in the European textile and clothing (T&C) industry.

Programme and Conclusions
  • Workshop programme, 38 KB
  • Summary and conclusions, 48 KB

Chair: Piero De Sabbata (ENEA)

e-Business W@tch session

The morning session of the workshop discussed the state of integration in the sector supply chain (textile and clothing) and implications on competition. E-business has a considerable impact on supply chain integration, in particular the use and role of standards in B2B communication.

  • Impacts of e-business on supply chains: the case in textiles and clothing industries (Elena Gaboardi, Databank Consulting), 81 KB
  • e-Business Interoperability & Standards: Findings and conclusions of the e-Business W@tch interoperability report and their relevance to the textile and clothing industries (Henry Ryan, Lios Geal Consultants), 561 KB
CEN / ISSS Workshop

The afternoon session of the workshop took a broader perspective on interoperability issues in electronic business, comparing the situation in the textile industry to the one in other industries. Presentations outlined existing interoperability frameworks and assess the status of the textile industry relative to other sectors.