Sustainability and innovations to shine in the World Textile Conference
A galaxy of international speakers will gather for two days in Ahmedabad during February 25 and 26, 2023, informs Prof Seshadri Ramkumar.
With uncertainty lingering in the globe in terms of political and economic instability in certain regions, there is a need for revival of the manufacturing sector.
Textile manufacturing has received its due spotlight in the COVID-19 times with the development of different PPE materials that can save lives. Textile sector can contribute to the growth of global economy and enable job creation by focusing on diversification, innovations in developing advanced and sustainable products.
A galaxy of international speakers will gather for two days in Ahmedabad during February 25 and 26, 2023 at the World Textile Conference-3 organised by world’s largest textile related professional organisation, Textile Association (India).
Keynote on the future of the textiles sector will be presented by Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director of Arvind Industry, a leading textile conglomerate based in Ahmedabad, India.
“With manufacturing sector getting revival in developing nations, countries like India are focusing on advanced textiles. The conference will highlight the need for investments and R and D in value-added textiles. Leading industries like Arvind have diversified into value-added textiles,” stated Mahendrabhai Patel, Secretary of Textiles Association of India.
Market outlook and future of nonwovens, including how regulations and innovations are shaping the nonwovens sector will be highlighted by Tony Fragnito, President of USA-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA). Innovation pathways in advanced textiles sector will be presented by Bryan Haynes, Senior Technical Director, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Sustainability offers a lot of opportunities as well as challenges for the industry. Professor Seeram Ramakrishna of National University of Singapore will highlight how the industry could adopt circular approaches towards conserving resources and be successful. His talk is highlighting how the textiles have become a leading per capita generator of wastes, which necessitates the need for more commercially viable R & D in this field.
Talks on Cotton vs MMF, circularity in the sector, cotton seed developments will be addressed by leading industries such as Reliance, Nuziveedu Seeds.
How the textile sector can diversity in the challenging times will be the underlying theme of the global event. Arunkrishna Srinivasan, Director, Jayalakshmi Textiles, India will present how challenges can be met and overcome based on practical approaches such adequate stock maintenance, quality control and new product development.
India will be hosting two major advanced textiles events during this February 22 – 26, with Technotex event sponsored by Government of India and the World Textile Conference organised by the Textile Association (India).
These events are expected to create much needed opportunities and boost confidence in investments in the textile and allied sectors.
About the author:
Dr Seshadri Ramkumar is a Professor, Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory in Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA.