During the opening session Mr. Peter Schwartze, President of Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry said that: : “[…] when looking at 2025 it is important to know how the industrial powerhouses worldwide are going to develop. We are convinced that global megatrends are going to sustainably influence our industry and that the Textile and Clothing industry of the year 2025 will be radically different from the industry of today.
"Hence the importance for our industry to anticipate global developments and to increasingly turn towards world markets as […] international competition will secure prosperity and jobs in Europe. Most importantly […] we [should] collectively succeed to meet the challenges of the future [and for that] we need a strong Europe. A Europe, in which we think and act more European!”
In his opening remarks Mr. Alberto Paccanelli, Euratex President, stressed that “[...] We need more industry in Europe, the kind of industry that is innovative, creative, service oriented and with a global market aim; an industry capable to be competitive on a worldwide basis. Moreover, Euratex considers of paramount importance of maintaining and supporting European based textile and clothing value chains in an open world while it is of key importance to be in tune with and possibly anticipate world trends to maintain our world leadership both in fashion, interior and technical textiles areas. Hence the importance of this second Convention after Istanbul in 2012. This should provide food for thought to the audience on how we can collectively best approach our future”
The first session helped to look at the Textile and Fashion industries in 2025 from an international point of view. Presentations from representatives from China and the USA showed the expectations from the USA in the context of the incoming free trade area negotiations and unveiled the future prospect of China textile and nonwoven industries as well as the opportunities and challenges the China powerhouse will face by 2025, thus impacting the Textile and Clothing World.
This helped to make the transition to the results of a prospective study promoted by the German industry and research community on the “Future perspectives of the textile and fashion industry” which provided an exhaustive review of the global challenges expected by 2025 and how textiles can help bringing solutions: clothing will become smarter and would ease the integration of the population in a growing urbanisation process while providing good monitoring and cheap solution in the medical field to help an ageing populations.
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