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June 2023

Fiera Milano RHOMilan . Italy

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Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum

Launched at ITMA 2011, the fourth edition of the Textile Colourant & Chemical Leaders Forum will be held alongside ITMA 2023 once again. It is expected to draw the participation from dyestuff, colour and chemical professionals from around the world.

This forum aims to offer practical and technical insights to professionals in this field as well as product developers from the textile and garment manufacturers and brand owners.

The 3rd forum held in 2019 was a success, drawing over 200 delegates.

The ITMA 2023 Programme Committee will work towards putting together a relevant, practical and solution based programme.

Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum

ITMA 2019 Programme

9:45am - Opening Remarks by CEMATEX & AEQCT | Fritz P. Mayer, President, CEMATEX | Carlos Aguilar, The Spanish Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists (AEQCT)


Session 1 - Resource Management and Industry 4.0


9:55am - The Role of Chemistry for Circularity in Textile, Leather and Fibre Production | Scott Echols, ZDHC Programme Director, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)


10.25am - Accelerating Sustainable Innovation | Georgia Parker, Innovation Manager, Fashion for Good


10.55am - Tea Break


11.15am - From Road Map to Reality | Guenther Widler, Head of Technology for Denim & Sodamide, Dystar


11.40am - Preferred Chemicals: Why, Who and What is Needed to Achieve Better | Alternatives for the Textile Supply Chain | Dr Thomas Schaefer, Head, Bluesign Academy


12.05pm - Direct to Garment Printing | Eric M Smith, Technology Manager, DuPont


12.30pm - Lunch


Session 2 - Responding to Sustainability Challenges With Innovation - Shrinking Environmental Footprints of Chemicals & Colouring & New Technologies and their Impact on a More Sustainable Textiles Supply Chain


1.30pm - Design for Sustainability – Durability, Service and User Experience Drummond Lawson, Sustainability Director, Arc'teryx


1.55pm - C8-Free Hydrophobic Finishes: Alternatives, Challenges, Opportunities and Limits for Chemistry and Application | Dr. Oliver Kusterle, Vice President Global Sales, Rudolf


2.20pm - Break New Ground with Aniline-Free* Indigo for Denim | Paul Cowell, Head, Business Development & Brand Marketing, Archroma


2.45pm - High Quality Cotton Knits with Low Environmental Footprint | Christian Wieth, Senior Global Marketing Manager, Novozymes


3.10pm - Sustainable Development and Innovation on Digital Textile Printing | Dr Sam Chen, Deputy Head, R&D Centre, Everlight


3.35pm Tea Break


Session 3 - Envisioning the Future of The Colourant And Chemical Industry


3.55pm - Resource Sustainability and Relevant Strategies in the Journey Towards a Circular Economy | Dunja Drmač, Sustainability Officer, European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)


4.20pm - The Power of Digital: Revolutionizing the Supply Chain Fundamentals of Thread Dyeing | Yariv Bustan, Vice President, Product and Marketing, Twine Solutions


4.45pm - Combining Input Stream Chemical Management with Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance | Jonathan Wehrli, Product Manager for Eco Passport, Oeko-Tex® Association


5.10pm - Panel Discussion

The textile industry and especially the chemical industry has been heavily criticised and has responded with labelling schemes, large scale initiatives and new products for the last few years - which do you think are the most significant positive impacts and what will be the main issues in the next 10 years?


Moderator: Janak Metha Immediate Past president, DMAI and Chairman of the Asia Dyestuff Industry Federation (ADIF)

- Scott Echols, ZDHC Programme Director, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZHDC)

- James Carnahan, Global Sustainability Manager, Textile Specialties, Archroma

- Drummond Lawson, Sustainability Director, Arc'teryx

- Thomas Schaefer, Head, Bluesign Academy


5.40pm - Closing Remarks

Andrew Filarowski, Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC)

Sylvia Phua, Managing Director, ITMA Services

● Dyeing, printing, finishing treatment processing engineers

● Raw material processing engineers

● Product developers of brand owners

● Environmental non-government organisations

● Researchers

● Textile and garment producers

● Testing and standards organisations


Past forum participants include:

Archroma, Arc’teryx, BASF, Bluesign, China Dyestuff Industry Association, CHT, Coats, DuPont, Nike, Novozymes, Patagonia, Rudolf, TenCate, VF Corporatio, ZDHC Foundation and more.


Delegate registration & fees

All conference delegates need to be ITMA 2023 badge holders. Ticket price to the Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum will be available in Q1 2023.

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