Welcome to the E-Co Challenge Web site

E-Co Challenge logo   E-Co Challenge was a DTI Sector Challenge initiative involving the Manchester Metropolitan University and Cranfield University.  In addition there were seven industrial collaborators Coats Viyella Clothing, Tencel, Bhs, Courtaulds Textiles, Speedo and Kenneth A Fogg & Son Ltd. These collaborators were involved in various stages of the textile supply chain and represented a range of company sizes.

The prime objective of this two year research project (Dec 1997-February 2000) was to greatly improve the competitiveness of the UK textiles and clothing sector enabling the move towards improved standards of quality, efficiency and environmental performance in both operations and product design.

The project was concerned with novel approaches to the product development activity, particularly, Concurrent Product Development (CPD) and Design for the Environment (DfE) practices. Conventional approaches to product development in the textile and clothing industry have been characterised by functional independence with each participant contributing to the process sequentially. This can often result in excessive costs and rework in production associated with late stage design changes. This project has drawn upon examples of successful CPD and DfE implementation in other industry sectors, in particular electronics, and explored some of the potential benefits to the UK textile and clothing industry of adopting this approach. 


Newsletter 1 (December 1998) : CV Case Study, Workshops
Newsletter 2 (March 1999): DFE initiatives
Newsletter 3 (Summer 1999): CV Clothing Case, Workshop feedback, Dissemination

Designing for Profit (Year 2000 Dissemination Programme)

Links to other sites

Links to articles of relevance to this project

Overview of the Project

Contacts (for further information)

Conferences and seminars
    Conference Report (IEEE99)
    Seminar Report (CDP tools in Aerospace)
    Textile Institute 80th World Conference (April 2000)
    Brother TEC 2003 Conference: Technology, Environment, Corporate

  Most recent update of this page: November 2006