The Enprotex Association is an organization of (public) procurement organizations and individuals active in the (public) procurement of protective textiles and PPE. Due to the end of the Enprotex project the Association started.
The Enprotex Association has the intention to become an important connector between EU-funded R&D and public procurement organizations.
The main focus of the Association is on issues related to the procurement of protective clothing for workers in the public sector like fire fighters, policemen and medical rescue personnel, and issues related to public procurement processes (innovations, best practices, exchange of information).
In December 2007 the European Commission presented a Lead Market Initiative in order to stimulate the demand for innovative products and services particularly through public procurement which was identified as a major policy instrument for such stimulation. Six potential lead markets were identified one of which was protective textiles.
Subsequently in May 2008, and led by Directorate General Unit Enterprise and Industry, the Commission published a consultation document investigating the role, objectives, scope and activities of future public procurement networks that could be financially supported by the Commission. Based on the reactions of a wide community of industry, research and representative organizations, the outcome of the consultation was translated in their Call for Proposals.
The objective of the activities funded by the call was to support the establishment of public procurers networks in purchasing new and improved solutions, products and services in five specific lead market areas. Protective textiles was one of the selected lead markets. One of the reasons to select protective textiles was the observation that the European textile industry was heavily investing in the development of advanced protective textiles and due to labour regulations it was expected that the use of protective textiles would increase over the next decade.
Firebuy, the Dutch National Disaster Response Agency (LFR) and the Belgium Ministry of the interior (IBZ) joined to form a consortium to cooporate in formulating a bid in the field of the procurement of protective Textiles. In early September 2009 the Commission announced that the partners had been successful in its bid and that the proposed three year project would be fully funded as detailed in the bid proposal. The project title was agreed as ENPROTEX, which stands for: European Network for the Public Procurement of Protective Textiles.
The Enprotex-project finished in January 2013. Due to the numerous positive feedback from public procurement organizations, textile companies and from research and development, and due to obligations in the Enprotex project, it was decided to set up the Enprotex Association.
This project has a number of major objectives aimed at overcoming the negative effects that presently exist within the public procurement/protective textile world at present;
The Enprotex Association plans to organize the following activities on a regular basis:
As announced the Enprotex Association will publish magazines due to inform all members and people who are interested to share relevant information.
The Enprotex Association has the pleasure to share this magazines. Enjoy reading!
Enprotex Magazine 1st edition
Enprotex Magazine 2nd edition
Enprotex Magazine 3rd edition
We would also like to announce that we will publish a fourth edition of this magazine at the end of this year. Please feel free to write an article (maximum 1 page) with a strict minimum of commercial content. You may also add some pictures as they will emphasize your story.
Unfortunately we do not have any budget to pay the photographers for their contribution therefore the pictures need to be free from copyright. We are urgently looking for pictures with a file size of at least 3MB, were protective clothing or
the fire services at work (action shots) are exposed.
These articles are not intended as an advertising campaign, but given the fact that it will be published under the name of your company, it can be good publicity and eternal fame.
If you are willing to help us, please send your article/pictures to email@example.com.
are invited to become a participant of the Enprotex Association: Membership registration form
The Enprotex Association is a non-profit organization. The membership includes information about activities and meetings of the association, receiving our magazine and being able to use the network.
Fill out the registration form and send this to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Enprotex Association partners are represented in the board of this Association by mr Tommy Verminck (IBZ) and mrs Nikoletta Nemeth (IFV).
Behind the Enprotex Association our team is available to answer
your questions or comments regarding our core activities. You can contact us
either by phone or email.
(0)79 3304 651
PO boxInstituut Fysieke VeiligheidP.O. Box 71122701 AC ZoetermeerThe Netherlands