Technology Transfer


The Centre for Textile Science and Engineering is committed to valorisation. This is the flow of new knowledge and technologies towards industrial applications.

There are several patents published and we work closely with research institutions and industry to introduce new technologies as widely as possible and to find new applications.

This is usually done in close cooperation with the department of technology transfer of Ghent University.

Ghent University is also a founding member of the textile incubation centre (TIC) in Ronse. This centre supports start-ups and existing companies by offering them a range of services, such as the development of a business plan, the search for the first customers or the adequate technology or the production of a first prototype.  If your project needs financing, they can put you into contact with their professional network.  They set up the necessary consortia with the right industrial partners to realize your technological development in the area of textiles.

Flemish SMEs can turn to us for advice on technological innovation

We are approved by the Flemish government to provide services for SME's (KMO's). more info:                         KMO erkend dienstverlener

Our advice should enable SMEs to take better business decisions as to whether or not to start the next steps to innovation and on how this could happen.

Technology Exploration is an initial impulse to a more detailed feasibility study or an innovative project later on. For more information visit

Examples of technology exploration:

  • Identify, analyze, examine the possible technical difficulties, or barriers influencing parameters that arise around the proposed innovation;
  • Perform calculations, first exploratory (laboratory) tests and / or simulations;
  • Search for appropriate technologies.

Exploration technology can also be used to prepare a larger international project (European Framework Programme, Eureka, European Research Area (ERA) ...).

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ir. Lieva Van Langenhove



The aim of the PROCOTEX project was building up and strengthening an international research network on surface treatment and electrospinning for applications in smart textiles. For that, a network is build up between Greece, South-Africa and Belgium.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ir. Lieva Van Langenhove


The Department of Textiles organized  a cross-border project  with ENSAIT in the North of France for the valorisation of research and innovation in textiles (Transfer of Research and Innovations in Textiles) TRITex

Contact: Judith Kenis


In MUDRA project transnational networks were built between industry and universities in Slovenia and Croatia.

Contact: Ing. Johanna Louwagie


Smart School was a project for secondary schools to spread knowledge about new technologies in textile.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ir. Lieva Van Langenhove