Techtextil North America 2021 Symposium releases schedule

11 Jun '21
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Pic: Techtextil North America

The 2021 edition of Techtextil North America, a leading international exhibiton for technical textiles and nonwovens, has released the schedule for the highly acclaimed Symposium, that will be taking place alongside the Techtextil North America tradeshow to be held from August 23-25, 2021, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 
According to the event organisers, Techtextil North America Symposium is dedicated to showcasing advancements in research and technology for the textile industry, highlighting the latest trends and innovations, with a focus on sustainable practices. The show’s theme this year is “Accelerating Technology” and will explore the textile industry’s high level of innovation and contribution to the global supply chain.
 
“Attendees will have the opportunity to expand their expertise and gain a competitive edge throughout seven presentation and panel-style sessions, where industry leaders and subject matter experts will cover the hottest topics around the post-pandemic supply chain, exploring lessons learned, adaptations being made, and future-oriented insights on the industry as a whole. Session content this year will also touch on topics related to the expanded product groups brought by the Texprocess Americas Pavilion and Textile Care Pavilion,” the organisers stated in a press release.
 
On August 23, 2021, the topic for discussion would be ‘Sustainability, Traceability and Supply-Chain Disruptions’ which will be moderated by Mike Abbott, director of global research & innovation, Hanesbrands. A critical component of this discussion should be the development of a stable domestic textile machinery and manufacturing base to support various needs of the US economy including: continuous demand for commodities, emergency needs for rapid product development, scalable manufacturing for critical supplies like PPE, and what is needed from the federal government to support domestic textile investment.
 
This would be followed by the topic ‘Digital Transformation Strategy’ and moderated by Keith Hoover, partner, Black Swan Textiles. The next interactive session will be on ‘High Performance Fibers: From Concept to Market’ and will be moderated by Sam Buff, vice president and general manager, Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network where one can learn more about what it takes to commercialise an innovative fibre. Speakers will share their experiences in the journey of progressing an idea to end product in the world of technical textiles.
 
On August 24, 2021, the first session will be about ‘Sustainability in Laundering & Textile Care’ and moderated by Todd Cline, director of research and development, sustainability and wellness, Procter & Gamble. In this hybrid presentation/panel session, industry experts will discuss the sustainability journey involved in both home and commercial laundering. What are the environmental impacts, and how can we lessen the overall footprint? Our panel discuss topics including: material development and selection; energy consumption and cold water wash; and fibre shedding and microplastic pollution.
 
Next session for second day will be ‘A Full Embrace of Circularity in Textiles’ moderated by Andre West, director, Zeis Textile Extension, Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University. The last topic of the day will be ‘Sustainability Strategies to Protect Your Brand and Your Bottom Line’ which will be moderated by Joe Walkuski, founder and CEO, Texbase.
 
On the concluding day August 25, 2021, the first session will be on ‘Manufacturing, Managing, and Regulating PPE - Now and into the Future’ moderated by Kavita Mathur, PhD, associate professor of textile and apparel, technology and management, Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University. This session will expose the need for scalable solutions for PPE focusing on respirators, surgical masks, and facemasks, and effective infection prevention strategies that can be deployed quickly and globally to contain pandemic threats while mitigating financial risks worldwide. Visitors here can learn how PPE market has been impacted by global supply chain issues and continues to present a unique challenge to the global economy in terms of best practices needed to re-open economies effectively while putting into practice strong mitigation strategies to contain the spread of infections. In this presentation-style panel session, the event’s industry experts and researchers will present and discuss this market and their innovative approaches in handling and supporting infection controls and management, current testing standards adapted by industries to evaluate these PPEs for the level of performance and protection they offer to the wearer from airborne particles and from contaminated liquid, and share established compliance and regulatory landscape by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that has allowed these PPE businesses to safeguard the integrity of their supply chain.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (JL)

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