Research and Development
Thrakika Ekkokistiria S.A. in an effort to adopt cutting edge technology, gives particular importance in the research, aiming at the creation of products with better quality and increased market value.
For this reason the company participates in several national and international research projects in cooperation with the most important research institutions of the sector. Some of the last projects are:
It is an Integrated Project for PME within the thematic priority of Nanobiotechnologies Material Process NMP of the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission.
FLEXIFUNBAR unites academic and industrial researchers from several countries for a period of four years to achieve its main objective of development of multifunctional barrier for textile, leather and paper.
The objective of Flexifunbar is to develop and promote multi-functional flexible structure for use in many multisectorial industrial applications in the health field as well as in the building construction and transportation industrie… The innovation of Flexifunbar lies in the principle of associating in one same material several functionalities: Heat insulation, acoustic insulation, shielding against electromagnetic waves, anti odours, anti bacterial, flame retardancy….
The flexible structures, generally based on paper, leather or textile are usually treated to serve only one barrier effect. Nevertheless, the will to maximise the level of safety in building, transportation and to ensure the well-being of European citizens, requires a whole redesign of flexible structure functions that is the main purpose of FLEXIFUNBAR.
As principal raw material for the textile and clothing industry Greek cotton needs to be dealt with rather as “industrial raw material” than as “privileged subsidized agricultural product”. The upgraded, constant and recognizable quality of Greek cotton affects decisively its position in the global market as well as the competitiveness of the Greek textile industry.
Focusing on the technological enhancement of produced cotton this research project consists of actions for the investigation of the adjustment of new possibilities and applications of genetics and agriculture combined with the integrated research approach of all those parameters and factors, that determine the qualitative and technological features of final industrial products corresponding to the qualitative and technological features of the respective fibers. Specifically the project includes research actions for:
- the identification and improvement of plant fertilizing material
- the application of Integrated Cultivation Systems for cotton production
- The investigation of the behavior and technological potential of the produced cotton fibers at all main stages of industrial processing and the determination of the qualitative and technological characteristics of the final industrial products in respect with the qualitative and technological characteristics of the fibers that they come from.
CLOTEFI, acting as the leader of the project, is cooperating with organisations which are eminently experienced in cotton related research and investigation in Greece.
The NAGREF/Cotton and Industrial Plants Institute (CIPI), the University of Thessaly/Agronomy Dept., the Institute of Agrobiotechnology (INA), and the NAGREF/Institute of Technology of Agricultural Products (ITAP) have been involved for long in cotton research and have developed related knowhow.
Additionally, a number of the oldest and most dynamic greek companies involved in cotton processing (ginning and spinning) are participating in the project: THRAKIKA EKKOKKISTIRIA S.A., NAOUSSA SPINNING MILLS S.A., and RODOPI SPINNING MILLS S.A. and STIAFILCO S.A., with a vertical organisation for the production of cotton yarns (ginning and spinning). Another important partner in the consortium is AGROLAB, a big industrial scale private laboratory, specified in soil and plant tissue analysis.
Using Naturally Coloured Cotton For Good Quality, Attractive And Ecological Textile Products
Elaboration Of Good Quality, Attractive And Ecological Textile Products Using Naturally Coloured Cotton, And Development Of A Technology To Process Coloured Cotton In Spinning Mills.
Leader: Thrakika Ekkokistiria S.A. (GR)
Partners: Cotton And Industrial Plants Institute Nagref (National Agriculture Research Foundation) (GR), CLOTEFI (GR), Institute Of Textile Architecture (PL)
Start Date 01-JAN-2004
End date 01-JAN-2007
Advanced biotechnologies for clean production of cellulosic textile fibres
Facing the problem of defective cellulosic fibres, which is increasing production costs of EU cotton & flax spinning companies, this project aimed through advanced clean biotechnological processes to:
- improve the raw material and make it available at cheaper price for textile industrials
- enhance the competitiveness of EU spinning mills
- help the developement of new markets for EU biotechnology companies.
Biological tools & application techniques at low moisture content were studied at lab & pilot scale to treat causes of stickiness & immaturity of cotton & of under retting of flax. Results were validate through industrial trials. Engineering of industrial treatment line was designed to allow short term implementation.
Leader: INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU TEXTILE ET DE L’HABILLEMENT (IFTH)
Partners : Thrakika Ekkokistiria S.A. (Greece), LYVEN S.A. (France), LALLEMAND S.A. (France), LINIFICIO E CANAPIFICIO NAZIONALE S.P.A.
Start Date: April 01, 2001
End Date: March 31, 2004
Total Cost: 2 080 000 €
EU Contribution 1 040 000 €
Through the programme IFTH and its industrial partners have developed a biological treatment of sticky cotton in order to reduce the defects. Trials have been carried out at laboratory and then pilot scale (THRAKIKA in greek spinning mills). The results obtained were very positive:
- Stickiness of treated cotton disappeared in comparison with untreated cotton
- Quality of yarns was not affected by the treatment.
LALLEMAND company and IFTH have now patented this new process and it was created the trade mark LALSIL® Cotton.
Trials have been carried out also in order to reduce the defects caused by the use of immature cotton. The biological treatment, which was developed, had very positive and promising results.