SCIAT-Danube is a non-profit employers organization for companies of the Textile & Clothing industry in Bulgaria. Currently the cluster members are 28 - 22 small and medium enterprises, operating in the textile and apparel sector and in related sectors, 3 educational and research institutions: Technical University of Sofia - Department "Textiles Technology", University of Ruse – Angel Kanchev, Professional Vocational School for Apparel – „Nedka Ivan Lazarova" in Ruse and 3 NGO-s: Regional Center for training of personnel for the garment and leather industry in the North central planning region, Scientific-Technical Union of textile, clothing and leather and “Practice Association - professional realization, adaptability, creativity and social initiative” - Ruse. A high percentage of our member companies come from the region of Ruse in Bulgaria which happens to be the region with the highest concentration of enterprises engaged in the garment and textile industry. The entities participating in the cluster are mainly export oriented - 17 of the 22 member firms export mainly to EU countries. The total number of employees in the cluster is about 3000, which represents about 4% of total employment in the Textile &Clothing industry.

SCIAT main object of activity is to help and to assist its members in raising their competitiveness and to contribute to the development and promotion of textile and clothing sector by: protecting and defending the economic, professional and legal interests of its members; contributing to the creation of normal market environment; supporting effective national and international cooperation. SCIAT is committed to offering consultancy services in the field of the textile and tailoring industries.

The organization provide consultation of textile and clothing companies in Bulgaria and Macedonia, with an emphasis on waste management, organization, rationalization, optimization of production, engineering technology, better productivity, quality control, quality improvement, job fairs and staff training. As proof of the quality of the work that we have achieved, in 2013 SCIAT was awarded the Bronze Level of Excellence.

SCIAT-Danube assists its members to reach new international markets through fair participations, organization of B2B meetings, access to and participation in a number of international projects.

Some of the main goals and scope of work of SCIAT are following:

Our Team:

The main skills that help the SCIAT employees to fulfil the quality requirement of its activities are based on professionalism, good communication skills and establishment new connection skills. More in detail:

Petja Miluscheva, PhD - The Chairman of SCIAT, is a senior European Project Manager and Coordinator of projects since 1994. Petja is a senior expert in the organisation of apparel, textile and knitwear industry. Her key research topics include Collaborative Networks, Supply Chain Management, Knowledge Management, Production Planning and Control, Industrial Engineering, Team management, Marketing, Cluster development, Improvement of organisation, production, quality and work-flow, Environment and energy management, Capacity Works, Implementation of quality standards, Project Management, Vocational and Educational Training, Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership, REFA Consultancy.

Prof. Diana Krasteva, PhD has 26 years of experience as a lecturer and scientific researcher. Specializations in Belgium, Spain and Germany. Author of over 100 scientific publications and 5 books (1 published in the USA) in the field of design and production of textiles and clothing, quality control and management, industrial engineering. Expert in a lot of scientific and educational projects. Since 2000, evaluator and reviewer of EU-funded scientific projects in the field of Innovations for SMEs.

Eng. Diana Ivanova is a senior expert in the Vocational and Educational Training in the apparel, textile and knitwear industry. She has long experience as an expert in different International EU Projects.

Eng. Damjan Ivanov - Project coordination with experience in design and coordination of transnational projects at European level. Technical expertise and familiarity with the European commission’s rules and regulations for the preparation of proposals and related documents for tenders and for call for proposals