The city of Igualada hosted, between April 3d and 5th, the 27th Annual Assembly of the European Textile Collectivities Association (ACTE). Currently, Igualada holds the vice presidency of this network of territories with tradition in the textile, design and fashion, with a trajectory of almost three decades. The meeting met at Adoberia Bella, a unique space, with about forty experts who put together new ideas, initiatives and projects in order to promote and further boost the sector at European level. Terrassa presided ACTE between 2013 and 2016, presidency that now holds the Swedish city of Borås. The opening was attended by the mayor of Igualada, Marc Castells, and the mayor of Borås and president of ACTE, Ulf Olsson.
ACTE brings together members of European textile cities, institutions related to the textile industry, local development agencies, textile museums, research centers, innovation centers and design schools, amongst others. Its objectives are to strengthen the fashionable fabric of these territories through public financing tools or through public-private cooperation, focusing on the productive fabric and on the quality of employment.
In the context of ACTE and in the current context in which the increase in demand in Europe is confirmed, several projects are also executed, such as ACTEIII: Weaving ideas and networks, which promotes support actions for the Catalan textile sector and in which the Terrassa City Council participates. The City Council of Manresa, the city of Sabadell and the City Council of Igualada, who is the leader, are also part of the project.
Among other initiatives of the ACTE network we can highlight the organization of prizes to promote the talent of young creators and entrepreneurs, such as the REBELPIN fashion contest, whose first edition will be held next July in Berlin. On a more local level, projects such as the Cooperatèxtil platform, joined by Terrassa recently, consisting of workshops and companies offering a wide variety of services, such as fabrics, dyes, printing, cutting, design and patronage, dressmaking, ironing and finishing, manufacturers and production managers for fashionable textile brands, home textiles and accessories.
In this Assembly, new countries have been incorporated into the network such as Denmark or Lithuania or new territories of Sweden and Italy. The meeting ended with a meeting of the Working Group of European projects. The Association was founded in Portugal in 1991 by six municipalities, including Terrassa, and is currently one of the first associations of local authorities at European level. ACTE’s objectives are to represent the needs of the member territories, institutional collaboration and the promotion of innovative policies that allow to anticipate and manage locally structural changes in cities and territories that have or had a productive model based on the textile sector such as the city of Terrassa.