The issue of sustainability requires a massive commitment for the industrial system and civil society. Extraordinary initiatives are needed to adequately stimulate technological innovation, including the development of new businesses; it is essential to identify new development paths, also through disruptive innovations and in discontinuity with business as usual models.

The definition and implementation of this call therefore stems from the desire to adopt suitable open innovation processes to better face some challenges in the field of environmental sustainability of the textile industry.

The initiative aims to experiment with an action model that favors an ecosystem of innovation which, through the enabling of relationship channels and methodologies, can foster collaboration with startups, research centers, innovators, inventors and dynamic entrepreneurial realities.

In particular, there will be two companies, members of the Made in Italy Cluster, which have made themselves available to experiment with this path of collaborative innovation.


RadiciGroup, with approximately 3,000 employees, a turnover of 1,542 million euros in 2022 and a network of production units and sales offices located in Europe, North and South America and Asia, is today the world leader in the production of a wide range of chemical intermediates, polymers of polyamide, high performance technopolymers and advanced textile solutions, including nylon yarns, polyester yarns, yarns from recovery and bio sources, nonwovens and protective devices in the healthcare and industrial fields. Products made thanks to excellent chemical know-how and vertical integration in the polyamide supply chain, developed for use in many industrial sectors including: Automotive – Electrical/Electronic – Consumer goods – Clothing – Furniture – Construction – Appliances – Sports. The basis of RadiciGroup’s strategy is a strong focus on innovation, quality, customer satisfaction and issues of social and environmental sustainability. With its macro Business Areas – Specialty Chemicals, High Performance Polymers and Advanced Textile Solutions – RadiciGroup is part of a wider industrial structure which also includes the textile machinery business (ITEMA) and those of energy (GEOGREEN) and the hotel industry (SAINT MARK).


Decathlon, one of the world leaders in the distribution of sporting goods, with international headquarters in France, specializes in the creation of innovative products and their distribution online and in more than 1,700 stores worldwide. Decathlon has 105,000 collaborators and collaborators and is present in 70 countries. In Italy, Decathlon with over 8,000 collaborators, 145 stores distributed throughout the country and 4 logistics depots has been present for 30 years. The mission of Decathlon Produzione Italia is centered on the control of industrialization and production chains of exclusive products for the Decathlon Group, in compliance with the principles of quality, safety, sustainability and a fair price. The production sites in Italy (in Desio-MB and Padova) can count on 103 collaborators who develop products on 7 different industrial processes, thanks to 97 partners distributed in districts of excellence. Report di sostenibilità 2021; Risultati Gruppo 2022.