Sustainability and Innovations to Shine in the World Textile Conference 

With uncertainty lingering in the globe in terms of political and economic instability in certain regions, there is a need for the 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. The textile sector can contribute to the growth of the global economy and enable job creation by focusing on diversification, and innovations in developing advanced and sustainable products.  

A galaxy of international speakers will gather for two days in Ahmedabad on February 25 and 26, 2023 at the World Textile Conference-3 (www.textileassociationindia.org/wtc) organized by the world’s largest textile-related professional organization, Textile Association (India). 

A keynote on the future of the textile sector will be presented by Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director of Arvind Industry, a leading textile conglomerate based in Ahmedabad, India.  

“With the manufacturing sector getting a 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, Hon. Secretary of TAI (India) [TAI]. 

The market outlook and future of nonwovens, including how regulations and innovations are shaping the nonwovens sector will be highlighted by Tony Fragnito, President of the USA-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA). Innovation pathways in the advanced textiles sector will be presented by Bryan Haynes, Senior Technical Director of Kimberly-Clark Corporation. 

Sustainability offers a lot of opportunities as well as challenges for the industry. Professor Seeram Ramakrishna of the National University of Singapore will highlight how the industry could adopt circular approaches toward conserving resources and be successful. His talk is highlighting how textiles have become a leading per capita generator of waste, which necessitates the need for more commercially viable R & D in this field. 

Talks on Cotton Vs. MMF, circularity in the sector, and cotton seed developments will be addressed by leading industries such as Reliance, and Nuziveedu Seeds, Ltd. 

How the textile sector can diversify in challenging times will be the underlying theme of the global event. Arunkrishna Srinivasan, Director at Jayalakshmi Textiles, India will present how challenges can be met and overcome based on practical approaches such as adequate stock maintenance, quality control, and new product development.  

India will be hosting two major advanced textiles events from this February 22 to 26, with the Technotex event sponsored by the Government of India and the World Textile Conference organized 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. 

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