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Interviews & Discussions

In addition to the traditional ways to inform our members, ITMF has started the series “ITMF's Virtual Discussion”. In this new virtual series industry experts from the entire textile value chain from around the world talk and discuss the state of the textile industry.




A view from a US-textile company with subsidiaries in South Asia (parts 1-6)

Interview with Mr. Rob Sayre, CEO of 1888 Mills (USA), June 2021


Part 1 – 1888 Mills’ geographical business set up

Part 2 – Good economic situation and promising outlook

Part 3a – Logistical problems in the global textile supply chain

Part 3b – Duration of the supply chain problems

Part 3c – Key reasons for the supply chain problems

Part 4 – Possible risks for a lasting recovery beyond 2021

Part 5 – Textile companies investing amid a crisis

Part 6a – Climate change and circular business models

Part 6b – Pilot for a circular business model

Full interview


A European perspective on the impact of the pandemic (parts 1-4)

Interview with Mr. Juan Parés, Chairman and CEO of Textil Santanderina (Spain), April 2021


Part 1 – What is the outlook, what are the risks?

Part 2a – How will work habits and business relations between suppliers and customers change?

Part 2b – Will physical exhibitions have the same importance as before the pandemic? (free to view)

Part 3 – What are the lessons learned during the pandemic?

Part 4 – What does climate change mean for the textile industry and for your business?

Full interview


One year Corona-pandemic – a view from an integrated Sub-Saharan textile and apparel group
(parts 1-7)

Interview with Mr. Jas Bedi, CEO of Bedi EPZ and Bedi Fabrics (Kenya) & Fine Spinners (Uganda), February 2021


Part 1 - Corona-pandemic: turning a challenge into an opportunity

Part 2 - Africa’s young population could resist the virus well

Part 3 - Orders up since November 2020 driven by knits (free to view)

Part 4 - Africa expects strong growth in 2021 driven by diversification

Part 5 - Embracing digital technology

Part 6 - Data is key for sustainability, transparency and accountability

Part 7 - Cancellations/delays were the exception

Full interview


Adapting fast to the new digital normal – a view from an integrated company from Indonesia (parts 1-7)

Interview with Ms. Michelle Tjokrosaputro; CEO of Dan Liris (Indonesia), December 2020


Part 1 - COVID-19 in Indonesia

Part 2 - Recovery expectations

Part 3 - Sustainability requirements

Part 4 - Push toward agile solutions

Part 5 - Speed to market (free to view)

Part 6 - Digital opportunities and challenges

Part 7 - E-commerce: higher complexity for textile producers

Full interview


Corona Update – Navigating the second wave (parts 1-5)

Interview with Mr. Mustafa Denizer; CEO of Diktas Group (Turkey), November 2020


Part 1 - Introduction & expectations for 2020-21

Part 2 - Lessons learned

Part 3 - Order situation

Part 4 - Pressure on digitalisation

Part 5 - Major trends (free to view)

Full interview


The Corona-crisis: an opportunity to adapt and improve the business model (parts 1-5)

Interview with Mr. Anees Khawaja; Director of the Mahmood Group (Pakistan), August 2020


Part 1 - On the supply and demand shock

Part 2 - On the buyer-supplier relationship (free to view)

Part 3 - On changes induced by the crisis

Part 4 - Additional lessons learned

Part 5 - Perspectives for recovery


The Corona-crisis: an accelerator for innovation

Interview with Mr. Uday Gill; CEO of the Fibers Business of Indorama Ventures (Thailand), August 2020


The Corona-pandemic - a special perspective from the Americas (part 1-7)

Interview with Mr. David Ha; CEO of Texops (El Salvador), July 2020


Part 1 - On the supply and demand shock

Part 2 - On the supply of raw materials during the crisis

Part 3 - Perspectives on order and turnover

Part 4 - On the buyer-supplier relationship

Part 5 - On the speed of recovery

Part 6 - On the birth of regional clusters (free to view)

Part 7 - Lessons learned


An Indian view on the Corona-pandemic and the consequences for the textile industry

Interview with Dr. K. V. Srinivasan; Vice president of ITMF (India), July 2020


The Corona-pandemic – from crisis management to a new normal

Interview with Mr. Muharrem Kayhan; Board Member, ITMF (Turkey), June 2020


Lessons learned from the Corona-pandemic and the way forward

Interview with Mr. Kihak Sung, President, ITMF (Korea), June 2020


Interview Transcript (PDF)