WTiN to host live Innovate Summit

Posted September 30, 2021


LEEDS, U.K. – World Textile Information Network (WTiN) is hosting a live Summit at its virtual Innovate 2021 event.


Whether it’s for increased sustainability, increased profits or shorter lead times, innovation is the key in the post-pandemic world. That’s why WTiN’s Innovate virtual event will host its first Innovate Summit from October 26-28.


The ummit will include live presentations and panel discussions to deliver strategic insight into how the macro environment will influence industry transformation over the next five years and help all participants build a competitive, resilient, customer-driven and value-added future.

Sponsored by Epson, the event takes place during WTiN Innovate – Textile Innovation Week – which runs from October 25-29.

Why attend?

  • Three days of live presentations

  • Participate in live discussions on how the macro environment will influence industry transformation in the near future

  • Network with like-minded professionals from across the textile value chain, from raw fibre through to retail

  • Dip in & out of sessions as you browse Innovate 2021

  • Real-time Q&As

Why is live important to a successful virtual event?


A live environment is a learning environment and the WTiN team want their visitors to view sessions and ask questions during the Summit.


A live environment is also a social environment. Real-time social interactions and live networking are crucial to developing meaningful and lasting working relationships and partnerships. We invite our Summit and exhibition attendees to connect with each other as much as possible. Live also allows for maximum exposure, making sure your valuable time is well spent.


Live program

Day 1

The first day of the event (Tuesday, October 26) will kick off with a keynote speech from Dirk Vantyghem, director General, EURATEX. The keynote will address the “EU textiles strategy – a new framework for the European textile & apparel industry.” It will consider new business models, sustainability, circularity, transparency, digital skills and common standards.

Following this, there will be panel sessions on “The state of skills in the apparel industry in 2021” and “The Impact of Covid-19: Accelerating digitalization and sustainable production in textile manufacturing.” Panelists for these sessions include Catherine Cole, CEO, MOTIF, and Christian Schindler, director General ITMF.

The next keynote speech will come from Ian Cronin, community curator, World Economic Forum. He will present “Circular economy – digital systems to authenticate fashion goods, fight counterfeiting and unlock the resale market.” The session will explore the growth of the second-hand retail market as manufacturers and consumers strive to reduce waste and costs, support a circular economy and meet ESG goals.

A panel session, chaired by the American Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), will then look at the smart textile and apparel industry. Entitled, “From lab to commercialization of smart textile products,” the session will look at approaches to making textiles ‘smart’ and the importance of cross-disciplinary partnerships.

Day 2

The second day of the event (Wednesday, October 27) will open with a keynote from Xu Yingxin, vice president of the Chinese National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC). The presentation, “The role of China’s textile & apparel sector within climate change mitigation,” will focus on China’s 14th Five-Year-Plan for the textile & apparel industry. It will also focus on policies and latest practices in climate mitigation and initiatives in resuming production and export promotion post-COVID.

“Supply chain resilience in the textile & apparel value chain” will be the next keynote on the second day of the event, presented by Joshua Hinkel, partner, Bain & Company. It will discuss how changes in the business environment have altered demands on supply chains and the essential need for traceability and transparency in the supply chain.

The day will also host a number of panel sessions, such as “Future supply chain relationships” hosted by the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and “Innovation in nonwovens” hosted by Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and “What transparency means for apparel supply chains?’ hosted by Serai Trade. Matthijse Crietee, secretary general, IAF; David Rousse, [resident of INDA; and Vivek Ramachandran, chief executive officer, Serai, will be among the panelists.

Day 3

The final day of the Summit (Thursday, October 28) will host a number of panel sessions. The day will begin with a panel from Leeds City Region (LCR) on “Textiles 2030: Leeds City Region and India – Driving textile sustainability.” The discussion will encompass a number of speakers from both the U.K. and India, including: Prof. Parik Goswami, head of Department - Fashion and Textiles, and director – Technical Textiles Research Centre, University of Huddersfield, U.K.; Umasankar Mahapatra, senior vice president – Innovation & Sustainability; business head – Health & Hygiene, Welspun India and Abhijit Majumdar, Institute Chair & Professor, Department of Textile & Fibre Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.

The session will explore how key organizations and businesses in India and LCR are working together to drive global textile sustainability.

Other panel sessions include those from global OEM and Summit sponsor, Epson; digital textile print giant (roll-to-roll and direct-to-garment), Kornit and supply chain expert QIMA.

WTiN Innovate is sponsored by RICOH.

To find out more or to register your interest, visit https://innovate.wtin.com/.


Launched in 2017, Innovate has now evolved into an annual event focused on connecting innovators within the textile & apparel sector. With primary focus on knowledge sharing, lead generation and networking, the virtual event offers a unique platform to showcase latest innovation in textile production technology, technical textiles and nonwovens.


Source: WTiN

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