Porto, Portugal / October 20 - 22, 2019

“Digitalization & Sustainability – Their Impact on the Global Textile Industry”

Conference Programme (as of October 16, 2019)


7.45 – 15.30 Golf Tournament
(Axis Ponte deLima)
15.00 – 19.0 Secretariat / Registration
(Challenger, SL floor)
16.00 – 17.30 Directors Meeting
(Discovery, SL floor)
Directors of ITMF member associations, associate and corporate members
- by invitation only -
18.00 – 19.30 Next Generation Meeting/Reception
(Lobby Bar)
19.30 – 22.00 Joint Dinner ITMF/ATPBoard & ITMF Directors
Restaurant Porto Cruz(by bus)
ITMF and Host Associations Office Bearersand Directors of ITMF member associations, associate and corporate membersand speakers
- by invitation only -


9.00 – 19.00 Secretariat / Registration
(Challenger, SL floor)
7.15 – 8.15 International Committee on Cotton Testing Methods Meeting
(Boavista, 12th floor)
Chairman: Axel Drieling, Fibre Institute, Germany
- by invitation only -
8.30 – 10.00 Spinners Committee Meeting
(Crown Plaza Hotel, Lagos Room, 3rd floor)
- by invitation only -
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 – 12.00 Joint Cotton Committee Meeting
(Apollo, SL floor)
Chairman: Nick Earlam, Chairman, Plexus, UK
  • Re-Inventing the End of Life of Cotton Textiles to Design More Eco-Responsible Product
    Pascal Denizart, Director General, CETI, France
  • Panel Discussion: Recycling of Textiles – Small Niche or Big Trend
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
(Ariane/Discovery/Gemini, SL floor)
12.00 – 13.00 Fibre Session – Cotton
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Andrew Macdonald, ITMF Board, Brazil
  • Opportunities to Build Cotton Demand
    Gary Adams, CEO & President, National Cotton Council, USA
  • Sustainable Cotton in the Supply Chain - The Challenges and the Way Forward
    Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, USA
  • Transparency and Traceability, Why They Need to be Partners
    Jeff Elder, MD North America, Oritain Global, USA
Panel Discussion / Q&A
14.15 – 14.45 Coffee Break
14.45 – 16.00 Fibre Session – Man-made Fibres
  • Recycled Fibres Take on the Polyester Tsunami: Surfing the Wave or Drowning?
    Bruna Angel, Fibres Consultant, Wood Mackenzie, UK
  • Commitment to Improve
    Robert van de Kerkhof, CCO, Lenzing, Austria
  • Strategic Innovation Imperative
    Uday Gill, CEO, Fibres Business, Indorama Ventures, Thailand
Panel Discussion / Q&A
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 – 17.15 SLCP Session – Progress Report
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Moderator: Peter Gnägi, ITMF Board, Switzerland
  • First Results after the Launch of SLCP in Several Countries
    Holly Menezes, Senior Manager, SLCP, Netherlands
  • Adoption of the SLCP-Converged Assessment Framework: Report from a Brand
    Caner Soytas, SMS Director EMEA, Nike, Türkiye
  • Adoption of the SLCP-Converged Assessment Framework: Report from a Manufacturer
    Fatma Hüseyinca, HR & Social Compliance Director, Yesim Textile, Türkiye
Panel Discussion / Q&A
17.30 – 18.15 Home Textiles Producers (HTP) Committee Meeting
(Apollo, SL floor)
Chairman: Zhaohua Yang, VP, CNTAC, China
  • Global Home Textile Market Outlook
    Fibre2Fashion, India
  • Dearshiqiao Home Textile Market and International Cooperation
    Jialing Zhu, Chairman, Dearshiqiao International Home Textiles, China
  • ITMF HTP-Committee Satellite Office in Nantong, China
    Zhaohua Yang, Vice President, CNTAC & President, China Home Textile Assoc.
17.30 – 18.45 Board Meeting (Part 1)
(Boavista, 12th floor)
- by invitation only -
19.15 – 23.00 Welcome Dinner
Palácio da Igreja Velha, Vermoim, Vila Nova de Famalicão (by bus)


7.15 – 8.18 Board Meeting (Part 2)
(Boavista, 12th floor)
- by invitation only -
8.30 – 19.00 Secretariat / Registration
(Challenger, SL floor)
9.00 – 10.00 Welcome Session and Keynote Address
(Apollo, SL floor)
  • Mário Jorge Machado, President, ATP
  • Kihak Sung, President, ITMF
  • Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of Economy, Portugal
Keynote Address
Geo Politics of Globalization: How the World Has Changed and Why it Will Change Even More – Challenges for the Textile Industry
Paulo Portas, Former Foreign Minister, Portugal
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 – 12.00 1st General Session: Textile Industry in Portugal & Europe
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Miguel Pedrosa Rodrigues, VP, ATP, Portugal
  • European Textile & Clothing Industry: The Future and the Role of EURATEX
    Alberto Paccanelli, President, EURATEX, Belgium
  • Industry 4.0 – Sustainable Industrial Policy – Challenges and Opportunities
    Nuno Melo, Member of European Parliament, Portugal
  • European Textile Industry: Competitiveness New Drives and Challenges: Portugal as Case Study and Inspiration
    Isabel Furtado, CEO, TMG Automotive & President, COTEC, Portugal
Panel Discussion / Q&A
12.00 – 12.30 The Global Textile (Machinery) Market Situation
Christian Schindler, Director General, ITMF
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
(Ariane/Discovery/Gemini, SL floor)
13.30 – 14.15 Presentations by Start-up Companies
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Rafael Cervone, ITMF Board, Brazil
  • Unravelling Supply Chain Complexity
    Michaela Puddu, CEO, Haelixa, Switzerland
  • Blockchain Technology: How to Create Value for the Textile Industry
    Amit Gautam, CEO & Founder, TextileGenesis, Hong Kong, China
  • World’s First AI Tech Wear
    Jooyong Kim, CEO, Alphaclo, Korea Rep.
    Professor, Soongsil University, Department ‘Organic Materials & Fiber Engineering’
14.15 – 15.30 2nd General Session: Digitalization and Sustainability: Shaping the Business Models of the Future – Part 1
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Loek de Vries, ITMF Board, Netherlands
  • Out of the Analogue Valley – Smart Factories from Concept to Implementation
    Joachim Hensch, Managing Director, Hugo Boss Textile Industries, Türkiye
  • Sustainability in the Global Fashion-Textile Value Chain: The Role of the ‘Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action’
    Kim Hellstrom, Strategy Lead on Climate and Water, H&M, Sweden
  • ‘Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action’: Adoption in China
    Yan Yan, Director, Office for Social Responsibility, CNTAC, China
Panel Discussion / Q&A
15.30 – 15.50 Coffee Break
16.00 – 16.45 2nd General Session: Digitalization and Sustainability: Shaping the Business Models of the Future – Part 2
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Antonio Braz Costa, General Manager, CITEVE, Portugal
  • World Café - group discussions of around 8 persons and individual participation in an online survey
16.45 – 17.15 Coffee Break
17.15 – 18.00 2nd General Session: Digitalization and Sustainability: Shaping the Business Models of the Future – Part 3
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Thomas Gries, Institute Director, ITA of RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Presentation of the Findings and Conclusions of the World Café-Session and Q&A
19.30 – 23.30 Gala Dinner
Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto (by bus)


8.00 – 12.00 Secretariat / Registration
(Challenger, SL floor)
8.00 – 8.45 Fibres & Applications (F&A) Committee Meeting
(Apollo, SL floor)
Chairman: Loek de Vries, ITMF Board, Netherlands
  • Innovation in the Textile Apparel Value Chain
    Simon Whitmarsh-Knight, EMEA Marketing Director – Apparel, Hyosung, USA
  • Technical Textiles – Trends, Potentials, and Challenges
    Michael Jaenecke, Director - Brand Management Technical Textiles & Textile Processing, Messe Frankfurt, Germany
9.00 – 10.30 3rd General Session: Textile Value Chain – Changing Sourcing Patterns
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Michelle Tjokrosaputro, ITMF Board, Indonesia
  • Textile & Apparel Value Chain: China’s Practice and Prospect
    Ruizhe Sun, President, China National Textile & Apparel Council
  • Vietnam Textile and Apparel Orientation of Sustainable Development
    Vu Duc Giang, Chairman, VITAS, Vietnam
  • Seeking Supply Chain Sustainability? Use a Life Cycle Approach
    Garry Bell, Industry Veteran and Expert, Canada
  • Sourcing for More Sustainable Fashion
    Bernardo Cruza, Head of CSR, El Corte Ingles, Spain
Panel Discussion / Q&A
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.15 4th General Session: Textile Value Chain – Collaboration
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Mohamed Kassem, ITMF Board, Egypt
  • Ikea a Production Orientated Retailer
    Calvin Woolley, Global Supplier Development Leader, IKEA Supply, Türkiye
  • People and Planet Positive
    Ana Barbosa, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Retail, Portugal
  • Towards People and Planet Positive
    Nils Mansson, Global Material Deployment Leader, IKEA Supply, Sweden
  • Creating a Sustainable Future Together
    BZaki Bashir, CEO, Gul Ahmed, Pakistan
Panel Discussion / Q&A
12.15 – 13.00 Lunch
(Ariane/Discovery/Gemini, SL floor)
12.15 – 13.00 Committee of Management Meeting (incl. lunch)
(Apollo, SL floor)
- by invitation only -
13.00 – 13.45 5th General Session: Technology & Innovation
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Ana Roncha, London College of Fashion, UK
  • Fashion 4.0 – Digitalization Status Quo & Outlook
    Godecke Wessel, CEO, Foursource Group, Germany
  • Delivering the Value of Industry 4.0: Real World Lessons
    Stefan Hild, Managing Director, Ei3 & Cognitive Solutions, Switzerland
Panel Discussion / Q&A
13.00 – 13.45 Presentations by Start-up Companies
(Apollo, SL floor)
Moderator: Juan Pares, ITMF Board, Spain
  • Launching an Ethical & Sustainable Brand out of Egypt – Challenges and Opportunities
    Ali Elnawawi, Founder & CEO, Scarabaeus Sacer, Egypt
  • SPRINGKODE – A Smart and Sustainable Fashion Marketplace
    Reinaldo Costa Moreira, CEO, Springkode, Portugal
  • Smart Textiles and Smart Networks in Wearables
    Ching-Feng Fan, Senior Consultant, Intelligence Textile Technology, Chinese Taipei
14.30 – 14.45 Invitation ITMF Annual Conference 2020
15.00 – 19.00 Excursion to Guimarães
15.00 – 15.45 Transfer to Guimarães
15.45 – 17.15 Visit of Lameirinho (Producer of Home Textiles)
17.15 – 18.30 Reception at the Town Hall of Guimarães
18.30 – 19.00 Return to the Hotel




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