Present proposal ALL4RESTgo2MARKET addressed to Demonstration Action of FP7-SME-2013 call is a direct continuation from the successful ALL4REST project (FP7-SME-2010-1; Grant agreement: 262652) that finished by the end of December 2012. Manufacturers of rest products are looking for comfort-improved rest systems in order to promote deeper, more recuperative sleep, to prevent nocturnal awakenings, to reduce time to sleep after an awakening and reducing sleep onset latency. The integrated solutions developed in ALL4REST were focused on achieving comfort improvement (physical and thermal) establishing quantitative and qualitative evaluation of comfort and/or sleep quality of each solution investigated within the project. These solutions were mainly based on the investigation and the use of new biomaterials (biofibers), enzimatic technology and integration of thermoregulating systems i.e. microcapsules for thermal comfort improvement, but also on the use of renewable functionalized hotmelt adhesives and potential additives, electroconductive materials for auto-heatable textiles (in ink form for inkjet printing), research on heatable textiles and microencapsulated scents for aromatherapy and relaxing ambiences in bedrooms in the form of inks. And finally integration of temperature and movement sensors in mattresses to monitor the temperature and position of a sleeping person. All the developmentes were validated in quantitative (through polysomnographies) and qualitative forms (consumer panels).
The most promising results of the project have showed that different biofibers can be integrated in manufacturing processes to develop textile-based products like mattress ticking, knitted fabrics for pyjamas or plain fabrics for bedclothes. The use of these biofibres results into enhanced soft touch, handle and skin benefits compared to conventional fibers (cotton or polyester). In addition, new microencapsulated finishing systems with thermoregulating materials (like phase change materials, PCMs) were developed with increased linking force between PCMs and fibers; as a result washing and rubbing fastness of finished fabrics were enhanced and control of warm/cold feeling on mattress ticking was achieved. Specific techniques of comfort evaluation were implemented getting a well-balanced evaluation methodology (from analytical and clinical tests to consumer test panels).
The ALL4REST research project showed that:
- New biofibers could be used in the manufacture of fabrics for mattress ticking applications. Emerging new types of textile material like soya or chitosan are potentially suitable for mattresses. For end-products like bedclothes, pyjamas or pillow covers, referred fibres but also bamboo and their mixtures with cotton (CO) could be considered as innovative textile material, because it is very difficult to find end-products manufactured with them. Finishing processes with enzymes and nanosilicones can further improve their intrinsic soft touch and handle.
- For complementing the improvement on physical/tactile comfort it was found that thermal comfort of mattresses can be enhanced including some thermal systems, by finishing them with PCMs or by heatable metallic yarns/electroconductive inks. Safety reasons and non-completely successful acceptation of heatable systems by end-users were the most important issues to select only PCM-finishing solution as the most promising and upscalable thermic system in a further manufacturing process.
- A relationship can be established between experimental data of comfort measurements and ‘feeling’ or ‘rest perception’ by end-users. In addition, polysomnographies are a useful tool to evaluate rest quality, but it must be taken into account that some diseases causing serious sleep disorders cannot be avoided only with ‘textile-based’ solutions focused on rest systems (improved mattresses, clothing or bedlinen).
All developed solutions will not be integrated in one system (due to technical reasons but also due to high price of a ‘all-in-one’ system), however several improved solutions could be developed in terms of various end-products with potentially good acceptation by consumers and relatively easy-to-scale manufacturing processes. The selected solutions to be validated/implemented within ALL4RESTgo2MARKET in a pre-industrial stage are: a) mattresses with thermoregulation performance, b) pyjamas manufactured with biofibre-based knitted fabrics that show soft touch and better hand (also benefits for the skin) than conventional CO-based knitted fabrics, and c) bedclothes (sheets sets, bedlinen…) manufactured with biofibre yarns looking for enhanced soft touch and comfort over conventional materials (cotton 100% or mixtures CO/polyester) or finished with PCMs to improve thermoregulation performance of the end-user. These realistic solutions generated by ALL4REST project will also be under regulation of actual textile standards without any need for modification (instead of -for example- heatable systems that require strong standards or regulations).
Taking these considerations derived from the previous project, the SMEs need to prove the viability of the new solutions in order to get a potential economic advantage. And also to explore new ways of using the acquired knowledge e.g. in other products of the rest system such as pyjamas, bedclothes…which means that there is still a gap to fill to enable some ALL4REST SMEs to address this significant commerciallization opportunity.
Since in ALL4REST the most promising solutions developed (above mentioned) have been carried out and manufactured successfully only at small scale and over a limited range of process parameters, there is still a strong need to produce enlarged solutions and to develop and validate all the up-to-scale manufacturing processes. In addition there is a need to provide a ‘full-pack’ of resting elements to end-users as well as a large variety of textile-based materials in order to optimise the different manufacturing processes (mattress fabrication, knitting of clothes, weaving and finishing of fabrics) and to demonstrate that manufacturing processes/concept can be extended to a variety of end-products, costumers and markets.
Experimental data of ALL4REST solutions showing enhanced performance of tactile/thermal comfort and their relationship with an improved quality of rest have to be validated and verified on pre-industrial samples developed within ALL4RESTgo2MARKET project. This validation will allow to provide useful data to develop and validate a business plan and associated commerciallization strategy for the involved SMEs in this proposal. With thiese premises, they will be able to commercially develop and exploit products and supply them to their costumers (and end-users) after this Demonstration project ends. This will allow the Consortium (formed with two SMEs from the former ALL4REST consortium and some new SMEs specially involved in this Demonstration project enabling to produce the final products) to obtain a commercial advantage with respect to other suppliers and manufacturers of mattresses, knitted fabrics and bedclothes as well as chemical products for finishing who do not take into account comfort performance of end-users by providing alternative and innovative textile-biofibre-based end products with improved tactile/thermal comfort behavior.
Scientific and Technological objectives:
Having in mind that no further research and development tasks will be carried out, the ALL4RESTgo2MARKET project needs to achieve the following objectives to ensure that the improved resting textile-based elements could be exploited and put into market by the involved SMEs:
- Developing and implementing tools (at least 3) to obtain consumer attitudes and awareness concerning improved solutions for rest systems. To evaluate ‘pricing’ consumer reaction versus new, improved and ‘added-value’ resting products (how much extra price do they want to pay). Quantify consumer acceptance by segmentation of consumer groups at EU scale.
- Validation of thermoregulating PCMs systems in terms of concentration (in g/l) depending on the type of fabric to be finished (at least 2 types). Analysis of thermoregulation effect in different types of mattress ticking (improvement of at least 15% than conventional). Validation of manufacturing processes (finishing but also fabrication of thermoregulating mattresses).
- Knitting/weaving tests of a variety of pre-selected biofibres and compositions (at least 3 compositions). Validation of these manufacturing processes and subsequent processes (finishing/confection). Determination of improved tactile comfort (at least 15% more than conventional) in pilot end-products and of benefits for the skin obtained for each biofibre composition.
- To evaluate a quantitative market potential at EU scale which can be targeted by the advantages of improved rest systems, and develop the most probale sales channels to reach those.
- Development and execution of a strong Dissemination Plan for maximum impact within/outside the consortium, including countries of partners involved in ALL4RESTgo2MARKET and having in mind a pan-European point of view (EU-27 and non EU-27 countries). To ensure successful exploitation roads to the SMEs involved for their innovative ALL4RESTgo2MARKET end-products and processes, but also to ensure adequate/correct IPR protection for all of them.
- To ensure that the objectives are met in the agreed time scales, the results are effectively exploited, and the deliverables and milestones are achieved. At the same time, to establish and operate management structures and processes, to ensure ALL4RESTgo2MARKET milestones are achieved on time and that the budget is adequated managed, also to facilitate communication within the consortium and between the consortium and the EC; and to effectively manage financial and project reporting, technical risks and conflicts between the project partners.
Project Coordinator: Colchones Europa S.L.U. ECUS
Financial Coordinator: Colchones Europa S.L.U. ECUS
Scientific Coordinator: AITEX and ECUS
Exploitation Manager: Aznar Textil, S.L.U.
ALL4RESTgo2MARKET was disseminated in the Annual Conference of Textranet hold in September 13 in Valencia
Last 10th and 11th October 2013 ALL4RESTgo2MARKET was presented in the Health Congress celebrated in Ghent. A project poster was created and presented.
ECUS has published an article in the Sleep Well magazine
Also in Aachen-Dresden Conference. November 2013. You can download here the presentation
Devan Micropolis present the project in Sprit Meuble Fair. Paris, November 2013
The project has been disseminated as successful story in the infoday "instrument for SMEs". Elche, December 2013. You can download here the presentation
In JANUARY 2014 the project has been widely disseminated:
The project will be presented in DOMOTEX fair by FINIPUR and in HEIMTEX by AZNAR in November 2013
RAPIFE ha presented the project in FIMI
DEVAN has promoted ALL4RESTgo2MARKET in IMM fair Cologne
AITEX in COLOMBIATEX 2014. Bogotá (Colombia). January 2014
AZNAR has disseminated the project in HEIMTEX fair.
CENTEXBEL has published an article in its website
AITEX has also published an article in AITEX magazine
FINITUR has showed ALL4RESTgo2MARKET in his booth VELLOFOLIES 2014. Brussels. March 2014
In April 2014 AITEX has disseminated the project in the European Technology Platform Annual Conference
CENTEXBEL has published an article in FEDUSTRIA magazine
AITEX presented the project in the Textranet meeting in Goteborg Sweden. April 2014
AZNAR has disseminated the project in PROPOSTE fair in Italy in May 2014
CENTEXTEL makes a presentation in Centexbel info-happenings. June 2014
AITEX published an article in Economía 3 magazine in July 2014.
You can download HERE the article.
AITEX has published an article in the Magazine nº48 September 2014. You can download the article in the link:
AITEX has disseminated the project in the 2nd Textiles for health congress in Izmir, Turkey. September 2014
ECUS has published an article about the mattress in Runners world magazine. September 2014
ECUS has organized an event the 3rd October 2014 in Barcelona where the athlete Valentí Sanjuan will talk about the importance of the rest and the recovery in the rendiment of the athletes and will present the mattress. You can see the video in the following link. (Sorry it is in Spanish only)
ECUS PRESENTED THE MATTRESS IN HOSTELCO FAIR. Barcelona, 20th to 23rd October 2014
ECUS has launched a Press release with information about the mattress
To see the article please press: aquí
CENTEXBEL presented the project in the 3rd Lead Market Conference. November 2014. Brussels.
ECUS has present the recovery mattres in Sprit Meuble Paris. Dec 14. more information in:
The project has been presented in Heimtex Frankfurt Januart 2015
The project has been presented in PITTI IMMAGINE BIMBO FIRENZE in January 2015. RAPIFE has promoted the pyjamas developed among its European commercial representants.
The project has been presented in Habitat 2015 Valencia, February 2015. ECUS presented the Ironman room.
AITEX has published an article in the EU Horizon magazine. February 2015
Yo can download HERE the article
5th CONSORTIUM MEETING HAS TAKEN PLACE IN MUCHEN 5th March 2015 HOSTED BY TECHNOMAR.
The last part of the project was discussed and planned.
AITEX presented the project in the Annual conference of the European Textile Platform in March 2015. The project appeared in a brochure with sucess stories.
You can download the project brochure HERE
The project has been presented in Milan Proposte 2015 in AZNAR's booth. April 2015
The project has been presented in Techtextil Frankfurt. May 2015 in Centexbel, AITEX and Finipur booths. Finipur has had good contacts with mattress ticking producers to whom the project was presented.
AITEX has published an article in AITEX Magazine num. 50. June 2015
Yo can download HERE the article
FINAL CONSORTIUM MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN ECUS FACILITIES THE 16th JULY. THE MAIN PROJECT RESULTS WILL BE PRESENTED AND DISCUSSED.
AITEX is preparing an article for the magazine Economía 3 that will issue in September 2015.
ECUS has presented the project to potential customers in sport centres with a specific flyer promoting the mattress with PCMs
ECUS starts selling in El Corte Inglés.
Here you can see the training to sellers
ECUS presented the mattress in Madrid and Barcelona with the prescriptors.
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