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Technical Textiles

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many projects have been supported by her Department's Innovation Budget involving technical textiles; and what funding was provided in each case. [120095]

My Department has supported 25 Technical Textile projects under the Innovation Budget with a total of £4,136,121 in financial support. The projects related to the application of technical textile technology and innovation in the following sectors:

  • Construction and Geo-textiles
  • 3 projects with total of £391,981insupport
  • Electronics and communications
  • 2 projects with total of £292,772 in support
  • Medical
  • I project with total of £155,400 in support
  • Personal Protection
  • 3 projects with total of £441,982 in support
  • Sport and Leisure
  • 3 projects with total of £881,175 in support
  • Transportation and defence equipment
  • 3 projects with total of £346,386 in support
  • Multi-sectoral
  • 10 projects with applications in more than one sector with total of £1,636,425 in support.
In addition my Department has provided £1.2 million support to the TechniTex Faraday partnership. The project will run for five years with a total fund of £10.6 million for technical textiles collaborative research.Regional Development Agencies have also provided financial support to this technologically innovative and dynamic sector.