Università degli Studi di Brescia, Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Concentration in downstream markets, the advent of fast fashion and the relocation of production processes to countries with lower labor costs have resulted in a heavy downsizing of the Italian textile and leather sectors over the past 20 years. Increasingly stringent environmental regulation, the need to ensure traceability of production processes in fragmented supply chains, rising energy and logistics costs, and an increasingly uncertain demand pose particularly complex challenges for these industries. Despite the heavy restructuring these sectors’ supply chains have undergone, they still suffer from major structural weaknesses: (i) historically sedimented skills dispersed and no longer reproduced; production capacity below the critical threshold in some key phases;
The RESTART project aims at helping those companies in their circular and sustainable transition.