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SPONSORED CONTENT – Two industry forums on nonwovens, and textiles and colourants will be reprised at ITMA 2023 which will be held in Milan this June. The ITMA Nonwovens Forum and ITMA Textile Colourants and Chemicals Forum will feature renowned experts who will offer insights into current challenges and share ideas on how the textile industry can achieve sustainability by leveraging innovative technologies.

Mr Ernesto Maurer, President of CEMATEX, said: “The ITMA forums will bring together stakeholders across the entire value chain to review the issues of the day, dialogue, collaborate and ensure that we will have a sustainable future. ITMA 2023 offers a unique platform as it attracts all the textile industry players in one convenient place.”

ITMA Textile Colourants and Chemicals Forum

Held since 2011, the Textile Colourants and Chemicals Forum will feature a joint keynote presentation by Mr Prasad Pant, Director, South Asia, ZDHC Foundation and Ms Sophie Mather, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Microfibre Consortium.

The presentation, Textile Wastewater: Addressing Microfibre Loss during Manufacture, focuses on the impact of fibre shedding from clothing during manufacture and consumer use.

Another highlight is the panel discussion, Unlocking the Decarbonisation Opportunity moderated by Ms Jana van den Bergen, Innovation Manager, Fashion for Good (FFG).

The forum programme committee comprises Mr Andrew Filarowski, Society of Dyers and Colourists; Ms Diana A. Wyman, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Mr Frank Michel, The ZHDC Foundation; Mr Janak Mehta, Asia Dyestuff Industry Federation; and Mr Stefano Cavestro, Associazione Italiana di Chimica Tessile e Coloristica.

ITMA Nonwovens Forum

The Nonwovens Forum will feature a keynote presentation by Dr Bryan Haynes, Technical Director for Global Nonwovens at Kimberly-Clark Corporation (United Kingdom). He will speak on the topic: Ready Now Nonwoven Solutions for the Global Plastics Crisis. In his presentation, he will provide insights into solutions that are commercially available.

Following the keynote, there will be presentations by ITMA 2023 exhibitors. The forum will end with a panel discussion on the theme, Leveraging Sustainable Innovation and Digital Technology in the Nonwoven Industry.

The panel includes Dr Haynes and programme committee members: Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, The Nonwovens Institute; Dr.-Ing. Martin Dauner, Deutsche Institute für Textil; and Professor Stephen J. Russell, Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour.

The Textile Colourants and Chemicals Forum will be held on 9 June 2023, while the Nonwovens Forum will be held on 10 June 2023. The delegate fee is €219. Members of supporting organisations enjoy a preferential rate of €189.

To be held in Milan from 8 to 14 June, ITMA 2023 will feature over 1,600 exhibitors from 44 countries. Visitors can register online and enjoy early bird badge rates till 7 May.

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