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Textile ETP at iTechStyle Summit 2024

On 20-22 May; Textile ETP Secretary General Lutz Walter and Project Manager Judith Bosch attended CITEVE's iTechStyle Summit in Porto, Portugal.

The iTechStyle Summit was inaugurated by the Portuguese Minister of Education, Science and Innovation Fernando Alexandre, who emphasized the role of digitalisation in advancing textile industry sustainability. A panel discussion on megatrends followed exploring the impacts of AI, digitalization, bio-based materials, and the evolving fashion landscape. During this panel, Textile ETP Secretary General Lutz Walter presented a strategic vision for addressing sustainability challenges, focusing on quality, stable ownership, full responsibility, and authenticity. Another panel provided insights on the upcoming DPP regulation, featuring Andres Alcayaga (Wuppertal Institute), Carla Silva (CITEVE), and Joao Nuno Oliveira (DIGI4FASHION).

The second day focused on bio-based materials and eco-design. Panels featured keynotes and speakers like Dirk Vantyghem (EURATEX), Ana Tavares (VALÉRIUS 360), António Dinis Marques (ToBeGreen), and others discussing sustainable processes, bio-based materials, and innovative solutions using algae and green solvents.

The final day highlighted digital transformation in the textile industry. Our Project Manager Judith Bosch moderated a panel on textile performance in the automotive and mobility sector, featuring Cristina Oliveira (CITEVE), Helder Rosendo (TMG Group), José Carlos Lopes (STAR Institute) and Kevin Rodrigues (CeNTI). Other panels covered Digital Product Creation with speakers such as Hans Olsson and Hailey Tan, and AI in Fashion with José Sobral and Shana Chu. Other panels also discussed AI in fashion and digital product creation.

Throughout the event, Judith Bosch promoted the RegioGreenTex project, engaging with SMEs to strengthen partnerships and explore collaborative opportunities for advancing sustainable practices in the textile industry.

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