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ITMF annual conference 2023 in Keqiao/China concludes on a successful note

The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) is an international forum for the world’s textile industries, dedicated to keeping the worldwide membership constantly informed through surveys, studies and publications, participating in the evolution of the industry’s value chain and through the organization of annual conferences as well as publishing considered opinions on future trends and international developments.

Through ITMF the textile industries cooperate internationally with organizations representing other sectors allied to their industry. At the ITMF Annual Conference 2023 which was held from November 4-6, 2023, in Keqiao, China, and co-hosted by the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and the Shaoxing Municipal People’s Government. The primary platform for textile discussions is the annual ITMF conference, which is organized in different locations in one of the member countries. It attracts executives of leading textile companies and industry experts covering the whole textile value chain ranging from cotton growing and shipping, man-made fiber producing, and cotton trading via textile machinery and textile chemical manufacturing up to retailing.

More than 500 high-level representatives from the entire textile value chain from China and around the world attended the conference. Under the general theme “Digitalization & Circularity – Megatrends Shaping the Textile Industry” experts from the industry and academia shed light on how the textile value chain is coping with these trends and will help better understand the underlying dynamics and identify the risks and opportunities.

At the ITMF Annual Conference 2023, in Keqiao, China, and co-hosted by the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and the Shaoxing Municipal People’s Government, ITMF presented for the second time the ITMF Awards in the categories “Sustainability & Innovation” and “International Cooperation”

The objective of the ITMF Sustainability & Innovation Award is to recognize sustainable and innovative achievements in the textile industry with a focus on innovation, design, development, and production under the strictest standards of sustainability and respect for the environment.

The objective of the ITMF International Cooperation Award is to recognize progress in the area of international collaboration in the textile industry according to the values of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also illustrates how collaboration efforts across borders and segments create win-win situations.

An international jury has selected the following winners of the ITMF Awards 2023 (in alphabetical order):

ITMF Sustainability & Innovation Award 2023

Qingdao Jifa Group (China)
Project: Supercritical CO2 Assisted Dyeing of Polyester

Qingdao University (China)
Project: Marine Bio-Based Fibres

Universitat Politechnica de Catalonia (Spain)
Project: Upcycling Fibres of Clothing & Textile Waste to Building Materials

UPM Biorefining (Germany)
Project: The Future of Fabrics with Renewable
Materials – How UPM and VAUDE Think Beyond Recycling

Winner Medical (China)
Project: Biodegradable Nanofiber Masks

ITMF International Cooperation Award 2023

Kelheim Fibres (Germany) & Santoni (Italy)

Project: Advanced Machine Technology Meets Performance Viscose Fibres

Lenzing (Austria) & Södra (Sweden)
Project: Enabling the Circular Textile Industry Together

Magnolab (Italy)
Project: Setting up a Textile Innovation District

Satori (Germany)
Project: B2B E-commerce – Accelerating International Growth for Fabric Mills

Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STAR Network Asia)
Project: Improving Purchasing Practices

For more information about the ITMF Awards 2023 go to: www.itmf.org/awards/itmf-awards-2023
For more information, please contact secretariat@itmf.org.

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