Arctic Power

Arctic Power is a research, development and testing center. Our core competence is in cold and winter technology. We provide standardized tests and customized solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

The surrounding natural environment, facilities equipment and expertise offer our customers a unique opportunity to test and develop their products. We guarantee the confidentiality and privacy to our customers.

Arctic Power is part of Lapland University of Applied Sciences and it is located nearby Rovaniemi international airport.

Ari Karjalainen, Head of Arctic Power
Lapland University of Applied Sciences
Arctic Power laboratory
Jokiväylä 11 C
Fi-96300 ROVANIEMI, Finland
tel. +358 20 798 5336

Tampere University of Technology

Tampere University of Technology is at the leading edge of technology development and a sought-after collaboration partner among the scientific and business communities. The University produces competent graduates who enter careers in the different sectors of societyTUT has carried out extensive research on smart textiles, fiber technology, clothing physiology and wearing comfort. Laboratory with sweating thermal manikin in a climate room has been part of several EU funded projects.

Heikki Mattila, Professor
Tampere University of Technology
Department of Materials Science
Fibre Materials
Korkeakoulunkatu 6, P.O. Box 589
tel. + 358 40 517 0323

University of Lapland

We are an international, young and vibrant university community – 5,000 students and 650 staff members strong – who have chosen to study and work at the University of Lapland.Founded in 1979, the university today boasts research and teaching in art and design, education, law, social sciences, as well as Northern and Arctic issues and tourism research. These strengths and the people who drive them have created a hub of academic expertise on the Arctic Circle. Drawing on this dynamic, we promote sustainable development, well-being and equality, reaching out to make a difference locally, regionally and internationally.

Marjatta Heikkilä-Rastas, Dr.Arts
Professor in Fashion and clothing design
University of Lapland
Faculty of Art and Design
P.O. Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
Tel.+358 40 484 4371, +358 50 590 9314


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multitechnological applied research organization. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. We enhance our customers’ competitiveness, thereby creating prerequisites for society’s sustainable development, employment, and wellbeing

Salme Nurmi, Principal Scientist
Tekniikankatu 1, P.O. Box 1300
FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 40 560 6603


SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. We create value through knowledge generation, research and innovation, and develop technological solutions that are brought into practical use.SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research concern that possesses international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences, and our aim is to become the most renowned contract research institution in Europe.SINTEF is an independent, non-commercial organisation. The profits of our contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. In the course of the past five years, we have invested NOK 500 million of our own funds in laboratories and scientific equipment.The SINTEF Group comprises the SINTEF Foundation, four limited companies and SINTEF Holding.

Hilde Færevik, PhD, Research Manager
SINTEF Technology and Society
Department of Health Research
Trondheim, Norway
tel: +47 93003252

Sveriges Textil & Modeföretag

TEKO, Swedish Textile & Clothing Industries association is the trade and employers’ association for companies working in the textile and fashion industry.

TEKO has about 200 member companies with a combined work force of 7 000 employees. Their operations range from global corporations with a hundred years in business to newly established sole proprietorships. Their common denominator is that they work in one of the three fields represented by TEKO: Fashion and apparel, Technical Textiles and Interior Textiles, many with a focus on export. TEKO represents the sector – nationally and internationally – in all questions of common interest, and inform customers, suppliers, the media, the public and the government about the Swedish textile and clothing industry, its companies and its products.

We are members of the Swedish Confederation of Enterprise. Our head office is in Stockholm and through a rewarding head office collaboration with the Swedish Engineering Industries we have nine regional offices distributed over the country. We are part owners of the Swedish Fashion Council and have close ties to our Nordic and north European sister organizations.


Elin Lydahl, Secretary General
TEKO, Swedish Textile and Clothing industries’ association
PO Box 5510
114 85 Stockholm
Storgatan 5, Stockholm
+46 8 782 6662


TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO’s unique position is attributable to its versatility and capacity to integrate this knowledge.

Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society.

Hein Daanen (PhD)
Training and Performance innovations
PO Box 23
3769ZG Soesterberg, Netherlands
tel. +31 651637439

Hohenstein Institute

Founded in 1946 and run to this day as a family business, the Hohenstein Institute, with a total of about 500 employees at the site in Bönnigheim and in over 40 contact offices globally, is among the most important independent research and testing institutions in the textile sector. Our core competence forms not only the application-oriented research and development of innovative products and processes, but also a wide range of tests and certifications which are utilised by numerous customers from trade and industry as an established basis for making decisions on product development and marketing.

Roshan PAUL , Dr./Ph.D. (Tech)
Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH
Department of Function and Care
Schloss Hohenstein
74357 Boennigheim GERMANY
tel. +49 7143 271 711

Lund University

Lund University seeks to be a world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. The University is ranked as one of the top 100 in the world. We tackle complex problems and global challenges and work to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. We provide education and research in engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics and management, medicine, humanities, theology, fine art, music and drama.

Kalev Kuklane, PhD, Assoc. Professor
Lund University
Dept. of Design Sciences,
EAT Box 118, HS 69
SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
tel. +46 46 222 7833

Norsk Industri

The Federation of Norwegian Industries organises businesses in the following sectors and industries:Aluminium, biotechnology, cement, chemical industries, electro and energy equipment, foundries, furniture, glass and ceramics, laundry and dry cleaning, machine and hardware industry, maritime industry, graphic arts and communication, smelters, metals, mining, oil and gas contractors, packaging, paints and coatings, onshore petroleum activities, pharmaceuticals, plastics, pulp and paper, recycling, rubber, textiles and ready-made clothing.Total annual turnover for the sectors that the Federation of Norwegian Industries represents exceeded NOK 600 billions.Total annual exports had a value of NOK 300 billion.

Kari Rømcke
Norsk Industri, Teko
Næringslivets Hus,
Middelthuns gate 27,
P.O.Box 7072 Majorstuen
N-0306 Oslo
tel +47 23 08 88 47
Cell +47 41 50 66 57
Smart Textiles

Smart Textiles

Smart Textiles is an innovation environment in Northern Europe. Today, the research community, the business community, institutions and the public sector come together to find the solutions of the future. As the Smart Textiles Initiative offers a complete solution including everything from basic research to prototype development, it is the natural partner for realizing textile ideas or meeting a need with textile technology.

Susanne Nejderås, Textile and Polymeric Material (MSc)
University of Borås
Smart Textiles
509 30 Borås, Sweden
tel.+46(0) 33 435 4565

Dansk Mode & Textile

Dansk Fashion and Textile is the trade association for Danish textile and clothing companies. We represent 340 of the biggest and strongest players in the Danish fashion and textile industries – and we are always interested in collaborations with strong, international partners.

Aage K. Feddersen, Chemical Engineer (MSc)
Dansk Fashion and Textile
Standardisation & Environment
Birk Centerpark 38
7400 Herning, Denmark
Tel: +45 97 11 72 00


Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Empa’s research and development activities are oriented to meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry, and science and society.

René Rossi, Dr. sc. techn., Physicist, Head of Laboratory
Protection and Physiology
Lerchenfeldstr. 5
9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland
Tel. +41 58 765 7765


The Federation of Finnish Textile and Clothing Industries’ mission is to improve the operational precondition of the enterprises of the textile and clothing sector. The non-profit operation is aimed to lift the profile of the industry and help the member companies to compete in the global markets. The federation also strives to generate new businesses, innovative products and jobs in the business in Finland.

Tekstiili- ja vaatetusteollisuus Finatex ry
Eteläranta 10
00130 Helsinki
puhelin 010 830 1400
faksi 09 653 305

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

The institute functions at the administrative sector of The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. There are approximately 600 permanent employees and approximately 200 project workers employed by the institute.

Our innovation model comprises three Areas of Activity. Creating Solutions produces new modes of operation and opens up channels of co-operation that help achieve well-being through work. Client Services serves workplaces and our other clients in issues related to work and well-being. Influence through Knowledge improves both decision-makers’ and citizens’ knowledge of the relationships between work and well-being, and aids both public and private decision-making.

Sirkka Rissanen, Specialized Research Scientist, PhD
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Physical work capacity team
Aapistie 1
FI-90220 Oulu, Finland
tel. +358304746095

University of Borås

The University of Borås is a modern university with six departments. We manage educations in Library and Information Studies, Business and Informatics, Fashion and Textile Studies, Behavioural and Education Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences. The campus is located in the centre of the city and we have 13 820 students and 690 employees. Several of our educations can only be found here with us and this attracts students from all over Sweden.

Susanne Nejderås, Textile and Polymeric Material (MSc)
University of Borås
Smart Textiles
509 30 Borås, Sweden
tel.+46(0) 33 435 4565
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SIFO is a non-bias governmental institute that conducts consumer research and testing. The board of directors is appointed by the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion which also provides the basic funding. SIFO currently has a staff of 55. The scientific staff is comprised of researchers and other highly qualified personnel from social and natural sciences. SIFO’s projects are organized into four categories: household economy, consumer culture, environment, market and politics.
Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Dr. Art, Researcher
National Institute for Consumer Research, SIFO
Sandakerveien 24 C,
P.O. Box 4682 Nydalen
0405 Oslo, Norway
tel +47 22 04 35 70
Swerea IVF offers advanced R&D and consulting services to the manufacturing and engineering industry. Our goal is the rapid introduction of new technologies and methods to practical use in our customers’ operations. Our customers include industrial companies as well as public institutions, that turn to us to develop their future resource efficient products and processes.
Swerea IVF is part of the Swerea Group, a Swedish industrial research group that encompasses Sweden’s industrial research institutes within the fields of materials, process, product and production technology.
Philip Gillgard, Manager Functional textiles (PhD)
Swerea IVF AB
Department for Textiles and plastics
Argongatan 30
431 53 Mölndal
tel. +46 31 706 63 36