R&D Projects




Resilient Rapid Reconfigurable Production Process Chains

R3GROUP believes in the power of rapid reconfigurability and digitalization solutions to transform the agility of the manufacturing sector and build a more resilience supply chains capable to adapt to unpredictable events. R3GROUP is an initiative supported by the European Commission.

  • Project Name: R3GROUP | Resilient Rapid Reconfigurable Production Process Chains
  • Start/End Date: 1 January 2023/ 1 January 2027
  • Project Call & Number: Horizon Europe Grant Agreement N. 101091869

Project Objective

To address rapid reconfigurability in all production levels, ranging from the factory to the machinery and to each individual process step, as well as the interaction with the supply chain.


Katty Fashion will work together with EDW towards connecting physical assets to the R3GROUP digital thread and platform. This aims to create an process that allows for zero-waste, co-creative textile manufacturing and digital twining of the KF Products.





Regions and (E)DIHs alliance for AI-at-the-Edge adoption by European Industry 5.0 Manufacturing SMEs

The AI REDGIO 5.0 project focuses on renovating and extending the alliance between Vanguard European regions and Digital Innovation Hubs, taking into account the outcomes of H2020 I4MS AI REGIO and implementing a competitive AI-at-the-Edge Digital Transformation of Industry 5.0 Manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises.

  • Project Name:  Regions and (E)DIHs alliance for AI-at-the-Edge adoption by European Industry 5.0 Manufacturing SMEs
  • Start/End: January 2023/December 2025
  • Project Reference: 101092069
  • Topic: HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-06


Katty Fashion will conduct an experiment as part of the Vanguard Initiative Pilot Action on AI. During the experiment Katty Fashion will implement a QAD-AI@E solution in a real clothing manufacturing environment. This aims to bring higher automation within the Katty Fashion QA department, reduce loss & waste, as well as increase productivity and enriching the roles for our team members.


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Strengthening innovative textile circularity in Europe’s regions

In the framework of the European Green Deal, RegioGreenTex is a project promoting the collaboration in research and development for the textile industry to establish a systematic circular economy business model across the EU.


Map the needs and potentiality in the implementation of a circular economy among European regions and clusters and their different levels of economic development.


Build a dynamic recycling textile ecosystem at European level by making demand and offer meet on a shared digital platform.



Support SMEs pilot projects to accelerate the creation, development and use of new textile materials with increased recycled content by sharing technologies and methodologies.


Create five regional textile recycling hubs in line with the ReHubs initiative and consistent with the EU textile strategy and with the needs of SMEs.


RegioGreenTex ultimately aims at generating investment opportunities at regional level beyond the project.


KATTY FASHION will be addressing the challenge related to high footprint of textiles in terms of material use and related energy and water use by focusing on developing unique and specialized modules focused on digital product development and collaborative design.


    RegioGreenTex promotes the collaboration in research and development between 43 partners from the four major sectors of society – industry, government, research institutes, and the public – for the textile industry. Partners come from 11 regions in 8 European countries:

    • Flanders (BE)
    • East Netherlands (NL)
    • Hauts-de-France & Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FR)
    • Piedmont & Tuscany (IT)
    • Norte Portugal (PT)
    • North East Romania (RO)
    • Catalunya & Valencia (ES)
    • Västra Götaland (SE)


    RegioGreenTex is supported by the European Commission through the Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument – I3,  and will be coordinated by  the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Project ID 101083731


    ReFashion (2022)


    Second Transnational Project Meeting in Maribor, Slovenia
    The consortium of ReFashion project met for the second time. The meeting was organized
    by the partnering organization MIITR in Maribor, Slovenia, on October 13 and 14, 2022.
    Situated in the Eastern part of Slovenia, Maribor is recognized as an important wine-growing
    area (the center of the city boasts the oldest grapevine in the world) and also is the recipient
    of the Slovenia Green Destination bronze label (https://www.slovenia.info/en/stories/green-
    story-of-slovenia) .
    The meeting was a good opportunity to analyze the work realized together, especially the
    REFASHION TRAINING CURRICULA, one of the most important results of our project. We
    also organized some local visits and discussions with people involved in the sustainable
    fashion sector.

    Visit to Luci Clothing store: on our agenda
    “Sustainable and timeless pieces made to last through life”, is the vision of the founder of
    this local initiative visited by us, Luci. We had the chance to meet her and to find her
    motivation to be involved in the sustainable fashion industry. She studied design and textile
    materials at the University of Maribor, where she learned all about fabrics and clothing
    technology. As she understood how much knowledge and resources are behind each piece
    of clothing, she understood that a sustainable label is the only way to be involved in this
    She developed a sustainable business, characterized by some elements:
     Handcrafted – all pieces are handmade with care and attention to detail;
     Local dimension of the activity;
     Sustainable –every piece is designed with consideration on human impact on the
    environment and social responsibility and is made to last for a long time;
     Minimal waste– the amount of textile waste is minimized; shreds and remains of
    fabrics are used in other upcycling projects or recycled.
    More information about this initiative could be found here: https://www.luciclothing.com/

    The European State of the Art Report consists of desk research carried out in the project
    partner countries. It aims at providing an overview of the current national and European
    conditions in relation to:
     The legal framework concerning environmental sustainability, recycling and circular
    economy in the fashion and textiles industries;
     The main educational strategies and the main existing VET and academic
    educational offers in the mentioned fields.

    This research allowed the identification of both legislative and educational gaps at national
    and European level, thus helping the project consortium elaborate tailored and effective
    training solutions to fill them.
    The main insights and conclusions emerging from the report are the following:
     The sustainability sector is very broad and fragmented;
     Very rarely sustainability is the core of an academic/VET course;
     The majority of the existing educational opportunities in the field of sustainable
    fashion is of VET type;
     The majority of the existing educational opportunities are either aimed at industry
    professionals with a technical background or at beginners;
     Educational opportunities for creative professional figures are hard to find and there
    is no curriculum that combines technical and creative knowledge;
     Lack of cooperation and understanding between technical and creative figures,
    which reflects in the market;
     There is a significant gap between theoretical contents and professional skills
    searched in the job market;
     Financing for digitalization and technological innovation are not strictly addressing
    the field;
     In some EU countries, the legal framework concerning not only sustainable fashion
    but also education on sustainability, in general, is not completely developed;
     However, sustainability in the fashion sector is undoubtedly a topic of great
    importance at EU level.

    Support and follow the development of ReFashion project!
    Help us develop a more green, competitive, resilient, and sustainable fashion and textile
    industry! For more information, check out our social media and our website. 



    SUSTAINAGILE (2020 – 2021)


    Project’s main objective:  Innovation of the work environment for a sustainable fashion industry – an initiative led by employees from fashion industry to analyze Agile practices and identify ways in which to integrate these in their work.

          Katty Fashion is the beneficiary of the Agile learning practices through a virtual laboratory  in online working space – a platform provided by Atelierul de Idei , the only Romanian company certified to support training and consulting activities in the Agile area applied in human resources.

    Project funding: This project has received funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program / Start at Best  Call for Funding Proposals/20200302/EU.

    Website: https://startatbest.eu/


    C-Voucher (2019)


    Project’s main objective: Support European SMEs in transforming their value chains (business models) from linear to circular ones. 

    Katty Fashion was the beneficiary of Innovation Voucher (1st Call) which enabled the implementation of a circular solution proposal titled “To Zero Waste in Garment Design and Manufacturing”. Solution’s objective was to develop collaborative, efficient and sustainable product development process by leveraging the use of various digital tools including 3D virtual prototyping.

    Project funding: Horizon 2020, EC Circular Economy Acceleration Program for SMEs, C-Voucher – Circularize ValUe CHains across European Regional Innovation Strategies.

    Website: www.c-voucher.com


    DigitaliseSME (2019)


    Project’s main objective: Support for Digitalisation to enhance SMEs’ capacity to go international and innovate.

    Katty Fashion was the beneficiary of the Pilot Project “Digital Enablers in SMEs”.

    Project funding: Co-financed by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT based on the proposal by the European Parliament.

    Website: www.digitalisesme.eu


    INKREATE (2017-2018)


    Project’s main objective: Facilitate fashion design development and decision-making process by creating a software solution uniquely adapted to the needs of the fashion industry.

    Project funding: InKreate has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, H2020-ICT-2016-2017.

    Website: www.inkreate.eu


    NEOCEL (2016-2019)


    Project’s main objective: Develop innovative and economically feasible processes for sustainable production of high quality textile fibers from reactive high-cellulose pulps.

    Project funding: Neocel has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European’s Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.

    Website: www.neocel.eu


    E&E Fashion (2016-2018)


    Project’s main objective: Develop European based teaching and training Toolkit to support the implementation of work based learning in all stages of VET.

    Project funding: E&E Fashion project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus + Programme.

    Website: www.colegiulstefanescu.ro/eefashion