The Technology Station in Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) is located in the Faculty of Engineering at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville Campus. The TSCT was established to provide innovation support to the clothing and textile industry to become more competitive. This would directly provide feedback into the teaching, learning and research at the University of Technology (UoT) by engaging staff and students in its programmes and thus UoTs become responsive to industry needs. The main sponsor of the TSCT is the Technology Innovation Agency. (www.tia.org.za)
In 2004 with support from GTZ (German Agency for Technical Cooperation) the TSCT undertook an analysis of the Clothing and Textiles value chain using a methodology known as RALIS (Rapid Appraisal of Local Innovation Systems). This was done to understand the issues that hamper the industries competitiveness. Ten key proposals were established which the TSCT used as a guideline to determine its strategic focus.
The following range of specific services is provided to the clothing, textiles and related sectors:
• Manufacturing Advisory Services
• Technology Support Centre
• Product Testing and Analysis
• Human Capital Development
• Product Development
• Smart Organisation
Provide support to the Clothing and Textile industry
to improve innovation and competitiveness.