Norwegian Fashion Hub is in the process of developing a competence center for the fashion and apparel sector in Norway. The global industry is facing radical challenges due to climate change, digitization, new manufacturing technology, and new consumer behaviors. This will affect the way we practise business in a major way. Our ambition is to help companies prepare their business and design operations to meet future demands.
In order to develop new products and services we believe companies need access to facilities where they can experiment and familiarize themselves with the possibilities embedded in new design and manufacturing technologies, and how this relates to digital communication, sales and distribution. Oslo Textile Lab will house a makerspace including a digital lab and a technical machine park, and collaborate with external competence networks such as 3D knitwear and Technology in Sykkylven and Borås Science Park in Sweden. Furthermore, the Norwegian government is investing in building new national industrial and digital competences through the Katapult program. It is vital that we align our development to fit the overall ambition to move Norway into the future.
Oslo Textile Lab is a platform where companies and educational institutions will get access to equipment, technology and competence to develop design, prototypes and small scale manufacturing processes. Key success factors in developing our domestic industry further is close collaboration with research and other innovation institutions.
In order to achieve our goal and create synergies we need to align actors in the industry, education and research fields in collaboration with public bodies (local, regional and national) to create the right environment to innovate and develop future practises.
We have thus defined 4 strategic areas to develop Oslo Textile Lab.
As Norway is developing its fashion industry in this age where sustainability, new manufacturing technology, digitization and changing consumer behavior should be at the core of every business model, we want to establish a centre of expertise to help companies, education and the public in general to take charge of the possibilities that lies in the radical changes to come and innovate responsibly.
- Gisle Mariani Mardal, Head of Innovation, Norwegian Fashion Hub.
Partners: Innovasjon Norge, Siva, Research Council, Oslo Kommune, Akershus Fylkeskommune, SINTEF, NIFU, OsloMet, Kunsthøyskolen i Oslo, School of Fashion Industry, Esmod, DOGA, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Borås Science Park, Tronrud Engineering, Oxer Eiendom, 3D design and Knitwear, Møbelkraft, CLO