WCTC special edition: Conference on Sustainable Finishing of Textiles

Feedback from our recent World Congress on Textile Coating (WCTC) (February 2021) highlighted the commitment of the industry to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure a sustainable future. It is clear that, as it emerges from the consequences of the covid-19 pandemic, the industry is committed to action and investment in material technology and machinery to abate its detrimental impacts on the environment.

There is no doubt that the textile industry is currently in a state of flux, with environmental and economic pressures driving the industry towards new digital models, both in respect of how products are manufactured and how they are sold.

Many apparel brands have committed to ambitious goals regarding their sustainable performances and suddenly the clock is ticking.

Along an extremely complex textile supply chain, new processing technologies, fibres, dyes and finishes are rapidly being perfected, with the potential to significantly reduce the industry’s energy, water and raw materials consumption.

Caught in the middle, have been the fabric manufacturers, reluctant to take risks without support from their customers.

All of this is changing, and it is changing fast.

  • What are the most promising new technologies?
  • Who are the brands and companies driving things forward?
  • What legislation is around the corner that will positively impact on sustainable progress?

To answer these questions and face these issues, we are running a special edition of WCTC to consider all aspects of Sustainable Finishing of Textiles. It will take place live online on 30 Sept- 1st Oct and 7 Oct 2021 from 12:00pm (BST).
The aim of the event is to explore the materials, processes and machinery that can help dyers, finishers, coaters and laminators achieve this goal, rapidly, economically and practically. The programme will consist of presentations from key companies speaking about the latest developments in:  

• Alternative materials, including fibres, fabrics, substrates, coatings, laminates, chemicals dyes, finishes and auxiliaries made from bio-based or recycled materials; 
• Growing and processing natural materials in the most sustainable and environmentally responsible ways; 
• Manufacturing processes and equipment developed to: reduce the consumption of water, energy and raw materials; reduce and/or re-use waste; exploit digital technologies, automation and sensors; 
• Designs that promote the ability to recycle and/or re-use post-consumer textiles; 
• Schemes to collect, sort and re-use post-consumer textile products, as well as collecting waste plastic for re-use by manufacturers; to reduce the impact of transportation; programmes to educate consumers in the appropriate disposal of products; 
• Addressing the particular challenges of denim finishing. 
The conference will run over three afternoons (BST), with Q&A with the speakers in the dedicated discussion forums, and group and 1:1 networking in the Networking Lounge after each session for all attendees.  
Interested in attending? Please click here to register or email [email protected] if you wish to purchase the whole event on-demand.