BETITEX is a research and development project starting on 1st November 2013 and lasting 36 months. It is cofounded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nº 606517, with a total budged of 1.560.604 €.

The aim of BETITEX is to obtain textile materials capable of providing protection against ticks and bedbugs (repellent and/or insecticide effect/s), which are arthropods of medical and veterinary importance all over the world. It is expected to obtain long-lasting biocide-treated fabrics of slowly released repellent/insecticide effects (at least up to 50 washings).

BETITEX is coordinated by GREMI TÈXTIL DE TERRASSA, a non-profit textile association in Catalonia (Spain), which leads a consortium of 10 partners: 3 textile associations (ATEVAL from Spain, CLUTEX from Czech Republic and TEXCLUBTEC from Italy); 3 technological centers (INOTEX from Czech Republic and LEITAT and TECNALIA both from Spain); 3 SMEs (GEM’INNOV from France, LA INDUSTRIAL ALGODONERA from Spain, NILKA from Turkey and SILK&PROGRESS from Czech Republic).

The results of BETITEX will contribute to promote a greener and more competitive economy as the final textile products will be as sustainable as possible by means of using natural, biodegradable or recyclable textile materials in combination with authorized biocides and by using eco-friendly textile technologies.

Main applications areas of BETITEX expected results are Personal Protective Equipment (ticks’ protection) and Home Textiles (bedbug’s protection).