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World Textile Summit to explore benefits of sustainability

The second World Textile Summit (WTS) will explore sustainability strategies that create business value in the textile manufacturing value chain. In line with the key themes of ITMA 2015, WTS 2015 will seek to answer sustainability questions that matter to the industry's strategic decision-makers. Scheduled for November 13, 2015, and to be concurrently held with ITMA 2015 in Milan, WTS 2015 will be a one-day event that would bring together the world's most influential textile leaders to debate issues of strategic importance to the global industry. The event is owned and organised by CEMATEX, WTiN and MP Expositions.

The program will be assisted by an advisory panel that includes Jason Kibbey, Executive Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition; Jonas Eder-Hansen, Programme Director of the Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical; LaRhea Pepper, Managing Director of Textile Exchange; Patrick Laine, CEO of the Better Cotton Initiative; Baroness Young of Hornsey, Chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Ambassador for the Ethical Fashion Forum and MADE-BY; and Saskia Hedrich, Senio Knowledge Expert, Apparel Fashion & Luxury, at McKinsey.

Leading textile machinery companies SPGPrints, MS Italy and Oerlikon and bluesign technologies have also confirmed their sponsorship of the event. The business forum sets out to deliver an inspirational, forward-looking agenda, comprising expert presentations and interactive panel discussions, designed to offer a global perspective on the opportunities and challenges that face the textile industry. Its first edition took place at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona.