The agenda for the 1st
edition of Textile Printing & Sustainability (TPS) conference from September 8-9, 2022 in Neuss/Germany has been unveiled. In total 24 presentations held by experts from industry and academia focus on technology choices, automation practices and environmentally conscious business models. The event welcomes participants from all stages of the textile value chain.
The textile industry is under pressure from sustainability requirements. The TPS conference, organized by the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA), Winge/Belgium, takes a broad look 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 core printing and dyeing processes, to promote best practices, discuss new application fields and explain benefits and challenges of individual technology choices. Each conference day opens with a keynote address. Karin Ekberg, former Chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (San Francisco, CA/USA), presents 5 principles of sustainability leadership. Bianca Seidel, a pioneer of sustainable fashion design, makes a plea for transformation and for hope in the world of tomorrow. Other keynotes include Debbie McKeegan who looks at opportunities and risks of on-demand business models, and Alexandra De Raeve who explores the digitization of textile design and production.
Among other highlights, the world’s leading printing hardware brands explain their approaches to environmentally friendly manufacturing, resource management and recent reshoring trends. Representatives from academia share their latest research results on smart textiles with integrated electronics, functionalization of textiles with digital printing, sustainability assessment for micro-factories, circular economy and eco-labels.
Although an engaging program
fills up 2 conference days, the event also features several networking moments in the accompanying exhibition.