Dutch textile finisher TenCate is to coordinate a EUR12.7m (US$15.9m) project into the development of new technology for digital textile finishing.

The funding for the four-year Digitex project comes from the European Commission's SME-IP 6th Framework Programme and will cover the work of 10 universities and 16 companies. TenCate's share of the total budget is EUR2.6m.

The project aims to develop digital textile finishing technology that will enable functional characteristics, such as fire resistance and self-cleaning properties, to be applied to fabrics.

The technology could increase the competitiveness of the European textile industry, and reduce environmental damage and energy costs by cutting down water consumption.

The project will focus on developing hardware and software, enabling the surface treatment of textile materials for finishing processes on a nanoscale.