The U.S. cotton industry is focused on continual improvement and responsibly-produced cotton fiber. Cotton production in the United States continues to lead in the implementation of best management practices and continual improvement in key environmental indicators.
The 2018 Sourcing USA Summit is an opportunity availed to network with the world’s top executives in the cotton production, textile and export industries. Sourcing USA Summit has allowed its participants to hear expert speakers and learn information that could significantly impact their business. The summit is taking place on November 12-15, 2018 at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Scottsdale, Arizona.
Hundreds of prominent cotton industry decision-makers from Asia, Europe and Latin America joined U.S. cotton fiber export leadership at the Sourcing USA Summit. More than 400 top-tier U.S. cotton merchants and textile manufacturers have attended the Sourcing USA Summit. The majority (89 percent) of buyers said that they are likely to increase their purchases of U.S. cotton over the next year as a result of attending the Summit.
The summit began with opening remarks by Mr Bruce Atherley, Executive Director Cotton Council International followed by a keynote on Lessons in Leadership: competing with creativity from Mr Mark King, Executive Emeritus adidas. Several other key speakers include Mr Will Bettendorf, Director Sourcing (South & Southest Asia) Cotton Council International, U.S.A, Mr Ted Schneider; President Cotton Council International, Mr Wayne Boseman; President Cotton Growers Cooperative, Dr Jody Campiche; Vice President, Economic Services National Cotton Council, Mr Jerry Marshall; Owner The Yiyang Company and several more.
Mr Bruce Atherley, Executive Director, Cotton Council International U.S.A was of the point, “The Sourcing USA Summit 2018 will have a definite impact on the exports of US Cotton fiber. The whole industry including top tier cotton industry decision makers gathered at the summit, and the networking opportunities will pay off. It was a pleasure meeting and spending quality time with customers from all over the world and to inform about the U.S. cotton’s quality and the value added services of our industry.”
He further informed that cotton is a great product that is natural, comfortable, real and fashionable which adds value throughout the supply chain. U.S. cotton producers and manufacturers use inventiveness, persistence and the latest technology to bring out the best in nature. By the time U.S. cotton gets to the market, it is a first-class, high-value material.
World-class speakers have actively engaged the Summit audience in a dialogue on important cotton industry topics. Speakers and panelists have offered unique perspectives from each segment of the global cotton supply chain. The topic presented on include U.S cotton sustainability, innovation, U.S. trade policy outlook following the mid-term elections, blockchain – technologies impacting cotton’s supply chain, managing cotton market risk – futures and options market, textile processing and technology, global economic outlook: where is the growth in the world economy, cotton: staying competitive in the global market and economic outlook for the cotton market.
Mr Will Bettendorf, Director Sourcing (South & Southest Asia) Cotton Council International, U.S.A said, “This is the premiere global US cotton trading event that has attracted about 420 executives from 26 countries representing potential Cotton consumption valued at almost $10 Bn. We have speakers from around the world addressing key issues ranging from production, supply and demand to sustainability to global trade policy.”
The key participants from Pakistan include Mr Mazhar Mirza, Pakistan representative of Cotton Council International USA, Mr Aqeel Ahmed; Director Hantex, Mr Hussain Fazal and Mr Waseem Afzal; Director Hussain Mills, Mr Jamil Qasim; Director Zaman Textile, Mr Sajid Haroon: Director Alkaram Textile Mills, Mr Adeel Tata; Director Salfi Textile Mills, Mr Ali Zaman Khan; Director Al-Muqeed Textile, Mr Javad Junaid and Mr M. Afhan Sohail; Director Latif Textile, Mr Afzal Umer; Director Amna Industries Pvt. Limited, Mr Sohail Maqbool; Vice President Marketing Crescent Textile Mills, Mr Hasan Cheema; Director CA Textile, Mr Yahyah Saleem; Director Nishat Chunian, Mr Anjum Zafar; Director Eastern Spinning Mills, Mr Najam Roomi; Dierctor Mahmood Group, Mr Sheikh M. Allah wala; Director Idrees Textile Mills and several more.
Mr Mazhar Mirza, Pakistan representative of Cotton Council International USA said, “USA cotton has always been very important for Pakistan textile mills. It is of the utmost fine quality in terms of contamination free, fiber length and sustainability. This Summit is an opportunity for Pakistan industrialists to network with top global decision makers to make future growth plans for the cotton market and textile industry.”
The quality of speakers and information provided at the Summit is unparalleled and has given its participants the opportunity to participate in discussions that could significantly impact their business. As a part of the audience, they were able to give immediate feedback on the current topic of discussion via an electronic voting system as well.
The Summit also presents its participants with the cotton club networking room, welcome reception and dinner, luxury hotel activities and farewell reception and dinner.