Our misson, passion and endeavour. Our story.

Designer: Lisa Ivarsson

Who we are

ACTE’s main aim is to make sure that the European textile, clothing, leather, footwear, and fashion accessories industries prosper. We support and inspire towards greater achievements, by networking and sharing ideas and methodology. Together we inspire European design, manufacturing and marketing, thus creating the fabrics of the future.

History matters to us. So, we want to make sure that the tradition and inheritance of the European industry continues to inspire, both the existing and the future designers and companies. Preserving the interests of our members – both territorial networks and adherent organisations – will help us to have a bright future.

Networking is the key
By connecting people and ideas and by sharing experiences and insights, we inspire individuals, industries and territories to collaborate and improve. ACTE is a network of many municipalities all around Europe. The cities and territories associated all have a model of business development related to the textile and fashion sectors in common. The network also includes academy and other institutions related to the textile industry,  as well as local development agencies and research programmes in textile and design.

Members matter

Our members provide the network with different perspectives on the evolution of our industry, inspiring by a whole set of diverse ways of how to be prosperous. ACTE work through cooperation, innovative thinking and the knowledge generated from thousands of people within our member organisations. Together we are well prepared to meet future challenges. ACTE is the member’s voice of progress as well as an arena where the European textile, clothing, leather, footwear and fashion accessories industries meet to create the fabrics of the future.

Then and now
ACTE, European Textile Collectivities Association, was founded in Guimarães (Portugal) in 1991, by initiative of Mr. Mario Soares, ex-president of Portugal, Mr. Pierre Mauroy former prime minister of France and six municipalities in Spain, France, Portugal, and Belgium.

Today ACTE is an expanding network, with members in countries all over Europe. Local and regional authorities (as municipalities) are the direct members and institutions join the network as adherent members. The organisation is led by an executive committee and an elected presidential staff for three years at a time. All members meet annually, at our annual General Assembly (GA).