R&D projects

Industrial research in new technologies to manufacture Sustainable Textiles with BIObased and COMpostable materials

The main objective of the project is to research new, innovative and efficient processes for the manufacture of biobased and compostable yarns, intended for packaging for the food sector, as well as to look for new methods of preparation, dyeing and finishing for biobased fabrics, using low temperature processes and reducing water, energy and chemicals consumption, with the corresponding reduction of environmental impact.
INTESBIOCOM is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the ERDF Operational Program 2021-2027 of Cantabria through the TCNIC 2023 grant line.

Validation of a prototype of CO2-Recycling Plant in hard to abate sectors: textile industry

VALCO2-T Project looks for novel physico-chemical routes [membrane and electrolysis] for CO2 Recycling to the production of chemical products to be used in the textile industry (circular economy). Membrane CO2 capture routes and its electrochemical reduction coupled to photovoltaic energy (available in Santanderina) mean investigation of membrane processes, electrocatalysis and process integration in parallel with identified overlaps around material science and engineering to achieve a common goal of CO2 valorization. VALCO2-T directly contribute to the industrial decarbonization of the textile sector via an innovative carbon dioxide management using a ‘circular and life cycle thinking’ approach.
VALCO2-T is funded by the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI) and the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation through the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

Environmental sustainability in the textile industry: Valorization of residual CO2 streams

SOSTEX is a project between Textil Santanderina and the University of Cantabria that will improve knowledge about alternatives for the capture and valorization of CO2 streams generated by Textil Santanderina. It is an industrial research project that will allow the identification and evaluation of the most important variables of the system. Textil Santanderina will the study of their influence on the generation of value-added products following new production models based on circular economy.

SOSTEX is funded by the public company SODERCAN, S.A. (EXP. TR22-XX-002) through the Technology Transfer Promotion Program (INVESNOVA).

Industrial research in Artificial Vision techniques based on deep learning for the identification of defects in real time in quality control of fabrics.

The main goal of the project is to try new Artificial Vision techniques, based on deep learning algorithms, for their application in new automatic inspection systems (working in real time) for textile defects. This is an ambitious project whose ultimate goal is to reduce manufacturing costs, increase productivity, raise quality standards and optimize the process in terms of resource consumption and minimization of waste generation.
visioRTex is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the ERDF Operational Program 2014-2020 of Cantabria through the INNOVA 2022 grant line.

DECENT Experiment

Textil Santanderina participates, together with INADE (Grupo Santanderina) and DIH-LEAF, in the Project entitled “Deep lEarning for automatiC tExtile iNspecTion” (DECENT). The Project starts in October 2022 and has been financed within the second call of DIH-WORLD, through the prestigious European research programme Horizon 2020. DIH-LEAF offers counselling and digitalization services in this innovation experiment.

MES for the spinning section and yarn wharehouse beaconing

Strategic objectives of the project:
-Real time traceability by OF and machine
-Real time laboratory analysis traceability
-Real time machine monitoring
(production, consumption, breakdowns…)
-Real time facilities monitoring
(temperature, humidity, production flux…)
-Traceability in the opening of raw material and palletizing of the finished product
-Warehouse digitalization


Artificial Vision based on Deep Learning for quality inspection and defects recognition.

The main objective of the NETARTVIS project has been to obtain the necessary knowledge in Artificial Vision systems for its potential application in the automatic quality control of fabrics. The results of the NETARTVIS project have allowed to make progress on the state of the art in artificial vision systems for quality control in the textile industry, consolidating the first steps towards the future development of a system based on artificial intelligence that manages to automate the quality control process, operating in real time, optimizing production times and allowing a robust traceability of products and processes in order to obtain the highest quality standards. This company has received a grant co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the ERDF Operational Program 2014-2020 of Cantabria through the INNOVA 2021 grant line.

Improvement of the energetic eficiency and resources managing

Improvement of the energetic efficiency and resources managing in yarn dyeing. Cofunded by the Institute for the Energetic Diversification (IDAE, Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition).

Sustainability plan for improving the energetic efficiency

Sustainability plan for improving the energetic efficiency in Santanderina. Change on the energy production systems with an average reduction of equivalent emissions of 12.000 TeqCO2 per year, based on a decline in gas consumption over 70% (and an energy demand reduction over 35 GWh per year).
It has been one of the 30 Industrial projects selected by the Spanish Ministry of Industry within the competitive call “Ayudas y subvenciones I+S en el ámbito de la industria manufacturera 2021”.

Pilot plant for fiber detection and capture

Development of a pilot plant for fiber detection and capture by using optical sensors and regenerative filters.

Improvement of heat exchanger and monitoring of water consumption

Improvement of heat exchanger and monitoring of water consumption.
Improvement of heat Exchange in fabric preparation (mercerizing, bleaching, desizing) and setting up of digital flowmeters for monitoring and real time environmental impact assessing.


Fiberproof is focused on bringing to market a new range of fabrics resistant to fibrillation (one of the most influential factors in the loss of quality of garments once they reach the consumer). In parallel, fiberproof developments will achieve a reduction in the consumption of resources needed to manufacture those fabrics. This will allow products to be launched on the market with higher quality and lower cost, leading to significant savings in water consumption, energy, CO2 and time.

Industrial Investment Project

This project addresses a set of investments in several parts of the production chain of spinning and weaving, which will represent an improvement in the energy efficiency of the company, reducing the total energy consumption of the process in 103,47 tep/year.


More than 80% of marine debris is microplastic (word of the year 2018 in spain). These particles accumulate in marine habitats, where this type of pollution extends from the coasts to the deepest waters seriously damaging the marine fauna.

FIBERCLEAN™ is an R&D+i project led by Textil Santanderina that aims to reduce the emission of microfibers through the manufacturing and the life cycle of fabrics and garments. The project gathers manufacturers of filaments, yarns and fabrics; manufacturers of auxiliaries for textiles and washing, manufacturers of washing machines and detectors, and wastewater managing companies, closing the loop of the textile chain. In addition, we collaborate with two textile technology centers and a university to evaluate the results.


SIMCA Project consists of a development of a remote monitoring and control system in real time for chemical and synthetic fibers, pioneer in the textile sector. It is based on a deeper analysis of the production process, combining intra and inter-company analysis in real time. Thus, increasing quality and allowing a global reduction of defects.


RADIOPROTECH develops new shielding fabrics against Ionizing Radiation, such as high power radiative sources (X-rays, Gamma and neutron radiation).

The new fabrics have to fulfil requirements of breathability, water repellency and ignifugation, as well as Ionizing Radiation shielding. The potential uses of these fabrics as PPE are nuclear energy plants, nuclear waste management and medical environment exposed to radiative sources.

RADIOPROTECHS is cofunded by the Regional Ministry of Industry and Innovation, through the convening INNOVA 2018; Ref. 2018/INN/37.

Activated carbon

The project analyzes alternatives for spinning and weaving waste to manufacture activated carbon. The project is aligned with our objectives of sustainability, environment and circular economy.

Activated carbon is a material in very fine powder form with a great capacity of selective adsorption of substances. Its applications range from water purification to environmental decontamination or protection of people exposed to chemicals.


This is a highly luminous technical fabric which maintains its high-visibility properties after 30 washes and which also shows long-lasting phosphorescence. It is the result of a research project carried out together with the University of Cantabria. The research project was cofunded by the Regional Ministry of Industry and Innovation, through the convening INNOVA (INNPULSA 2012-2015). Ref. 2014/INN/013.

FIELD (Fabric Improved Against Electrostatic Discharge)

FIELD (Fabric Improved against ELectrostatic Discharge) is a R&D project that will allow Techs to obtain new antistatic fabrics (ESD) and electrically conductive fabrics for both Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and technical applications.

Techstatic is an antistatic fabric resulting from an R&D project with 98% recycled polyester in its manufacturing and resistance to 30 industrial washes, making it far superior to the competition.


GRAFENTEX National Project cofunded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), through the convening Challenges – Collaboration 2013-2016. CTC and Textil Santanderina take part in an innovation project based on the optimisation of graphene production and its application in the fire resistant technical textile. The project, named GRAFENTEX, will allow to produce fire resistant textiles with a low environmental impact and high performance to Textil Santanderina, and will reinforce the european leadership of the company of Cantabria in the technical textile sector.


The main aim of the project is to study and validate an innovative Integrated Solution for Warehouse Control and Asset Marking. Development and pilot validation of advanced internal logistics localisation solutions for integrated textile manufacturing processes.

Industrial investment project

Industrial investment project 2014-2015 for the optimization and promotion of competitiveness.

Seaqual Initiative

Project to manufacture recycled polyester from waste taken from the sea.