On 29 October 2013 around 1500 delegates from Danish companies, universities and research institutes gathered in Copenhagen for the launch of Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, which will run from 2014-2020.
In the afternoon session on industrial leadership Christian Dalsgaard, Director at Ohmatex, presented the benefits that Ohmatex have experienced from participating in collaborative EU funded projects. For a small company to participate as a partner in large consortium projects provides huge benefits in terms of increased network, capabilities and visibility and provides a much wider platform for future development of their technology and expertise in Europe.
However afternoon conference sessions are notorious for presenting to sleepy, well fed delegates – so Christian decided that visibility and impact were the way to go, in more ways than one! And catch their attention he did – smoothly changing into the high visibility fishing clothing that Ohmatex have been involved in developing for the Safe@Sea project. The new protective clothing has been developed for the fishing industry, with Helly Hansen as the largest partner in the project. It has been designed as durable, buoyant protective clothing with in-built electronics integrated into the garment by Ohmatex. These include emergency lighting, an automatic alert system when submerged in water and a manual alert system. All the electronics are highly durable and designed to withstand submersion in salt water.
Ohmatex are currently participating in several EU F7 projects which require their smart textile expertise: Place-it, Mywear and Powerweave and look forward to participating in future Horizon 2020 projects.
For more information on Safe@Sea.