TCBL – Textile and Clothing Business Labs

Since May 2017, Reginnova NE start working as partner in the EU project TCBL – Textile and Clothing Business Labs, , a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement 646133, aiming to transform the European Textiles and Clothing industry with the main objective of bringing 5% of production capacity back to Europe by 2025.


TCBL aims to create a network of Business Labs that freely experiment the implications of potential innovations and their concrete impacts on business operations. Three types of laboratory focus on specific areas of the value chain:

  • Design Labs explore tools and methods for designing textiles and clothes, working with professionals, fashion students, or anyone, even working from home.
  • Making Labs experiment with production methods and machinery old and new, from re-discovering traditional tailoring to 3D printing and laser cutting.
  • Place Labs investigate the local and social dimensions of clothes making, with new modes of organisation of work such as on-demand or home DIY production, community lab spaces, and networks of artisan shops.

These laboratories interact with a substantial number of sector enterprises of various dimensions – “pilot businesses” – who compose innovation elements coming from different Business Labs to identify transition scenarios that can accompany their shift from current ways of working towards more innovative and competitive business models.

This process is supported by interactive knowledge and learning services together with an open repertoire of business services supporting specific moments of the new business models: training, logistics, etc..


As partner in TCBL, we engage in selecting further associates, both from Labs and enterprises of the NE Romania ad the replication of activities promoted by the project at regionaly.

This April, REDU, the social enterprise of our partner Mai Bine, has applied to become a TCBL Place Lab, meeting the principles and values of the TCBL community.

REDU aims at behavioral change and getting a sense of responsibility of fabrication processes and consumption of textile and clothing into the local community.

Also, we aim to attract at least 17 enterprises, both workshops and factories, mainly from the NE Region, for the Calls for Expressions of Interest in 2018 and 2019:

  • companies and individuals interested in revival the national hemp industry based on sustainable business models,
  • companies interested in Short Runs and Bespoke manufacturing as an alternative to the fast-fashion production.