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Klaus Huneke takes office as new president of Euratex
Jan '17
Klaus Huneke; Courtesy: Euratex
Klaus Huneke; Courtesy: Euratex
Klaus Huneke is taking office as president of Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, in January 2017 for a 2-year term. He has extensive international experience in the textile industry. He made a remarkable career at Heimbach, a large technical textiles producer in Germany. He is succeeding Serge Piolat who headed Euratex in last 2 years.

Having started his path as an engineer in the petrochemical industry, in ‘90s Huneke joined Heimbach where he was a CEO until his retirement. Huneke has been engaged in numerous actions aimed to advance German industry, especially been the vice president of the German textile employer’s association since April 2000. He has also been actively involved in representation of textile and clothing industry at the European level, acting as a board member since 2013 and vice president treasurer of Euratex since 2015.

“The textile and clothing industry need more and better Europe to maintain its competitiveness ahead of the world competitors. It will be our task to make clear to EU policymakers the value of maintaining strong, innovative and competitive textile and clothing value chains in Europe. I hope under my presidency to convince to have greater coherence among policies and to favour targeted and efficient support more in line with textile and clothing companies’ needs and capabilities,” said Huneke.

Huneke believes that working in coherence and as a team with the entire membership along the strategic priorities of the industry, namely trade, innovation and sustainability would bring better results. “This should encourage textile and clothing SME’s to be more active in world markets and in showing their innovation to the policymakers and their customers thanks to the work carried out in good intelligence with the European Confederation,” Euratex said in a statement.

The new president believes that the EU textile and clothing companies should use more the opportunities offered by Euratex, the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing and their networks in terms of innovation and tools developed to help SMEs to improve their competitiveness. “Euratex will keep doing its utmost to increase companies’ access to the European programmes by trying to simplifying as much as possible the access to such opportunities and by supporting regional initiatives having a European-scale such as RegioTex to increase the offer of European textile and clothing systems-solutions to the market,” the statement added. (RKS)

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