&nbsp; <P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>Techtera announced on 1st October the launch of the European Textile2020 program.</STRONG> Receiving &#8364;750,000 in funding from the <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="http://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/european-commission/index_fr.htm" target=_blank>European Commission</A>, Textile2020, which will last for two years (2012-2014), <STRONG>aims to create the first world-class, European textile cluster</STRONG>. The objective is to <STRONG>group together the most advanced textile clusters within Europe so as to develop a shared international strategy for the long term</STRONG> that will contribute to securing, strengthening and developing the competitiveness of program partners on an international scale. <STRONG>Textile2020 unites the 8 biggest textile competitiveness clusters in 6 European countries:</STRONG> the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.</P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>TECHTERA, A COMPETITIVENESS CLUSTER IN LYON</STRONG></P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG><STRONG><A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="http://www.techtera.org/" target=_blank>Techtera</A></STRONG>, Technical Textiles Rh&#244;ne-Alpes, is part of the 8 competitiveness clusters.</STRONG> It was created in Lyon in 2005, and today is the <STRONG>leader in France for technical textiles</STRONG>. It includes members from all parts of the sector, from fiber to textile production, with an <STRONG>exceptional concentration of skills in Europe</STRONG>: 40 laboratories and schools, 10,000 jobs and 140 companies. <STRONG>Its presence within the Rhone-Alpes region contributes to making it the <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/creation-fashion-industrie-france/mode-textile-creation,p,62,EN.jsp" target=_blank>top European pole for technical and functional textiles</A></STRONG>, and makes France the 4th largest producer of technical textiles, behind Japan, the United States and Germany.</P>