Issuu on Google+

What is it all about? The elderly have specific needs for clothing and other textile products, for personal hygiene or medical reasons. Improvements in these products will significantly increase their quality of life and improve the effectiveness of medical and social care services. The optimum way to achieve significant advances is through a concerted and coordinated effort by innovators, manufacturers and end -users to address the multiple concerns related to product and/or process development, including: translation of often subjective assessments into quantitative measures of quality, availability of new technologies, and the feasibility of incorporating new technologies in the manufacturing chain. The aim of the “TAGS” consortium is to bring together the elderly, social and medical care institutions, research institutions, technology transfer institutions and manufacturers to identify: specific requirements of the elderly and care institutions; latest developments in materials science and technology that will help meet these requirements; and strategies to incorporate developments in the manufacturing chain. The goal is to improve or innovate products and/or processes to meet the specific clothing and textile needs of a growing sector of the European population. “TAGS” has following objectives:

General Scheme (Work Packages) The project starts with a collection of available information, identification of present state of the art, problem areas, demand, definition of requirements. This will be followed by common understanding between research institutions, industrial partners and end-users to create new concepts/ideas towards new projects and new innovation products.

Te x t i l e s f o r A G e i n g Society

TAGS - Project Flyer

Companies, manufacturers, institutions, etc. outside the TAGS Consortium are welcome to join us!

and technologies, based on demands and requirements formulated by end-users and industry that can improve the performance of textile products for the elderly.

 To assess the scope, boundary conditions for innovation, and identify barriers preventing progress.

 To set up systems for active discussion and dissemination of information between partners, and provide public with access to general information.

 To generate new joint and collaborative concepts, initiate joint research activities.

 Identify standards, specifications for products and formulate recommendations for policy makers.

For more details please follow TAGS Project: Homepage: Facebook: Twitter:

Un iv ersity of Inn sbruck

 To identify new materials, production techniques,

TAGS - In details Call Title:

Theme 4 – NMP - Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials, and new Production Technologies – CSAs

Call Identifier:


Topic called:

NMP.2011.2.3-3 – Networking of materials laboratories and innovation actors in various industrial sectors for product or process innovation – coordination and support actions

Project full title: Textiles for Ageing Society Acronym:



“Co-ordination (or networking) actions” aimed at coordinating research activities and policies.

Project budget:

1.12 million €


100% by EC

Flyer– Textiles for AGeing Society

Expected Project Schedule

Project Background

Project Consortium

Ageing Society – Driving Force1  Almost 14% of the EU population is over the age of 65 and this figure is expected to double by 2050. By then we will have 80 million older Europeans.  Over the last century average life expectancy in Europe has increased for males from 45.7 to 75.0 years, and for females from 49.6 to 79.9 years, birth rate has reduced.  For the EU-25, 22% of the population will be aged over 65 by 2025, rising to almost 30% by 2050. In absolute terms, this represents an increase of 60 million people between 2004 and 2050, to a total of 134.5 million.  Furthermore, the proportion of very old people (aged 80 and above) in the EU-25 will grow even more rapidly, from 4% in 2004 to reach 6% by 2025 and 10% by 2050.  Eurostat's old-age dependency ratio2 measures and predicts "the projected number of persons aged 65 and over expressed as a percentage of the projected number of persons aged between 15 and 64." For example, the ratio for the EU-27 was 25.9 % in 2010 which means there were around four persons of working age for every person aged 65 or over.

Main fields of interest U ni v e r s i ty o f I n n sbru ck Pr oje ct C oord in at or Reference: 1. i2010: Independent Living for the Ageing Society (2007) activities/policy_link/brochures/documents/ independent_living.pdf 2. Eurostat (data from October 2011) statistics_explained/index.php/ Population_structure_and_ageing#

Research Institute of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics Höchsterstrasse 73 A-6850, Dornbirn, Phone: +43 (0) 5572 28533 Fax: +43 (0) 5572 28629 E-mail:

TAGS Project Flyer