Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC) is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research institute addressing global challenges in colour, fashion and textiles through research and innovation, as well as teaching. We are particularly focused on the development of innovative science and technology, materials, methods and processes. Technology-driven sustainable development is a major part of our work.
We are collaborative and international in our outlook and work with business, governments, NGOs and policy makers.
LITAC is built on a heritage of nearly 150 years of teaching and research in colour and textiles on the same site in Leeds, and we are proud to have been supported by The Clothworkers’ Company since our original founding in 1874.
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LITAC works collaboratively, bringing together the University’s academic expertise in areas related to textiles and colour.
Cutting-edge research related to colour, fashion and textiles to find solutions to global challenges.
The Clothworkers’ Company and the University of Leeds have a rich history dating back to the foundation of the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.
Facts and figures
£5.8bn UK textile manufacturing sector produces £5.8bn of materials
Triple Demand for raw materials is expected to triple by 2050
4,200 Businesses manufacturing textiles in the UK
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Leading figures in the fashion and textile industry have welcomed the launch of Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour.
Leeds is the first university to sign up to a voluntary agreement to slash the impact of the UK clothing and home fabrics industries on the environment.
The University of Leeds has secured funding to help two large industrial sectors make the transition to a greener, more sustainable future where they reduce waste, energy and pollution.
Investment supports fundamental, academic research on future manufacturing for medical devices.
UKFT is working with IBM, Tech Data, and the Future Fashion Factory to design, prototype and pilot a new technology platform based on IBM technologies to help the UK fashion and textile industry.