The pilot base project of the innovation center has been approved and the process technology, scheme design and environmental impact assessment reports are being compiled. According to the plan, in June, the project processes will be determined, the scheme will be designed, the geological exploration report and the planning permit will be finished. In July, all construction drawings will be designed and contract information of the participating units will be collected. In August, the construction drawing will be reviewed, the construction permit will be issued and the engineering will be started. The project (phase I) will be put into operation in early 2022.
The innovation center has set up a research and development team with academician Yu Jianyong, president of Donghua University, as the chief scientist, and trained a number of academic and technical leaders and technical backbones with independent R & D capabilities and engineering application thinking. It focuses on breaking through high-end industrial textiles, new functional textile materials, bio-based chemical fibers and key common technological issues to be overcome in the future national strategy and form a professional support team in strategic research, core technology research and development, engineering verification and industrialization, technical consultation and training, and achievement transformation, etc. At present, the innovation center has established three project R & D teams of polyamide direct spinning and industrialization technology, antimony-free fiber development and industrialization application technology, and bio-based synthetic polymer fiber technology and introduced Professor Sun Gang of Textile and Garment Department of University of California, Davis (UC Davis) as a member of the innovation center Strategic Advisory Committee; and Zeng Xianyi, a professor of the ENSAIT: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles（Roubaix） and a member of the evaluation committee of the materials and production discipline of the French national scientific research program ANR was invited to come to the innovation center to exchange views and employed as a part-time research and development staff of the innovation center. In addition, the innovation center has introduced 24 postgraduates.