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Published: April 16, 2022

“According to the European Environmental Agency, textile has the region’s fourth largest climate impact, following only food, housing and transport industries. The average European throws away 11 kilograms of textiles every year,” said Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA. “Different international bodies throw their weight behind changing this. For example, the EU is introducing a digital product passport to boost circular economy. This forms an incentive for every step of textile production and workflow, to stimulate creative reuse, recycling and repurposing of materials and end products.”

Textile Printing & Sustainability looks at all critical factors and global trends which influence textile market condition today and in the nearest future: customer-made fashion, responsible businesses, quality concerns, customization and personalization.

The event assembles industry experts from two main printing processes – screen and inkjet – to promote best practices, discuss new application fields and explain benefits and challenges of individual technology choices.

The first submitted contributions include a keynote address by Karin Ekberg from Leadership & Sustainability. Ekberg has a professional track record as head of environmental services at adidas Group and chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

Heiner Rupperath from Brother will look at the environmental challenges in hardware manufacturer operation and Dr. Inga Barende from Covestro will introduce the raw materials perspective. Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen will share the latest know-how behind smart textiles.

In total, 40 presentations are scheduled on two conference tracks, accompanied by a networking section with more than 40 tabletops representing key industry and academia players.

The program covers the entire supply chain and workflow, involves manufacturers of products for fabric handling (pre- and post-treatment), the printing process itself (inks and equipment), as well as printers, cutters, sewers, value added resellers and brand owners. From material science, through print systems, to micro-factories and finishing – TPS brings together all those who drive change and contribute to innovation.

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