More than £2m value of investment has now been secured for innovation in the fashion and textile trade over Future Fashion Factory’s first three funding calls.

13 extra collaborative analysis and improvement (R&D) tasks have been authorised in the programme’s third Innovation Funding Call, supporting unbiased designers, heritage Yorkshire mills and fashion tech corporations.

Each mission addresses a problem recognized by trade companions from Future Fashion Factory’s neighborhood of over 270 fashion companies and professionals.

Future Fashion Factory is a part of the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, an £80m initiative led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The Programme is led by the University of Leeds in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and Royal College of Art.

Successful tasks in this name embrace:

A brand new digital system for 3D-woven fashion design (Twelve Oaks Software)An AI-pushed planning system for producing luxurious materials (Abraham Moon & Son)Customisable, snug and efficient British wool face coverings with outlined filter efficiency (British Wool)Digital applied sciences for lead-time and waste discount in the colouration of luxurious materials (DP Dyers)A radical strategy to extra sustainable cotton manufacturing (hydroCotton)High high quality digital garment simulation from blockbuster films to digital fashion (Numerion Software)A sustainable coloration system to scale back the environmental affect of including color and sample to fashion merchandise (Rose Danford-Philips)A brand new superior and round materials for watersports utilizing nylon from waste clothes while mitigating micro plastic leaching (RubyMoon Gym to Swim)A vegan, petroleum and freshwater-free various to down or polyester for insulated clothes (SaltyCo)Colour-based machine studying to create new pathways for designers in search of inspiration in visible databases (Visualist)Closed-loop manufacturing of customisable, sustainable, made-to-measure footwear (Vivobarefoot)

Professor Stephen Russell, director of Future Fashion Factory, mentioned: “This 12 months has offered a singular set of challenges for the fashion and textile trade, requiring a raft of latest options whereas accelerating modifications that have been already underway, not least digitalisation.

“We had a unbelievable response to this funding name, which reveals the urge for food for innovation amongst UK companies.

“By supporting these thrilling tasks, we would like to pave the best way for continued development and resilience in the UK’s world-famend luxurious fashion trade.”