ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award

 
 

The ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award was created by CEMATEX to recognise the collaborative efforts by the global textile industry to advance business sustainability through innovative solutions, and promote outstanding research related to the industry.

The Award comprises two categories: an Industry Excellence Award for textile and garment manufacturers; and a Research & Innovation Excellence Award, open to Master’s degree students.

Inaugural Award @ ITMA 2015 

The inaugural ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award was held at ITMA 2015. Levi Strauss & Co. of USA, received the ITMA Industry Excellence Award; the other finalists were Berto Industria Tessile of Italy, and Gebrüder Otto of Germany.

Using the NoStone® garment washing technology from Tonello, an ITMA 2015 exhibitor, Levi Strauss & Co. took an important first step to solving an industry challenge in denim finishing – the use of pumice stones which have environmental, economic and mechanical disadvantages.

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Charles Beauduin, then CEMATEX President sharing a light-hearted moment with Franky Vangaever, R&D Product Researcher, Levi Strauss & Co at the award presentation ceremony. 

In the R&I Excellence Award – Masters category, Jan Vincent Jordan from the Institut Für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University took the first prize with his thesis: ‘Development & Assembly of a Test Bench for the Analysis of Magnetic Weft Insertion’. The two other finalists were: Jenifer Schneidereit, Hochschule Niederrhein and Moniruddoza Ashir, Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology, TU Dresden.


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Winner of the R&I Excellence Award – Masters category, Jan Vincent Jordan (left), with two other finalists, Jenifer Schneidereit (middle), and Moniruddoza Ashir (right).

Industry Excellence Award

The award recognises textile and garment manufacturers who have leveraged on technological innovations to advance business sustainability that benefit people, planet and profit.

Guidelines

The nominees must be users of the exhibitor’s innovative product, process or project. The innovation must be within the scope of ITMA chapters.

  • The entry must be submitted by an ITMA 2019 exhibitor via the Exhibitor Centre.
  • The first entry is free; subsequent entries will be charged €200 plus applicable taxes.
  • No withdrawal or replacement is allowed after submission.
  • All entries will be reviewed by the judging panel. Finalists will be shortlisted and notified electronically.

Judges

  • Mr Fritz P Mayer, President, The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX)
  • Mr Jas Bedi, President, International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)
  • Professor Katarzyna Grabowska, President, Association of Universities for Textiles (AUTEX)
  • Mr John Mowbray, Founder and Director, MCL News & Media
  • Mr Lutz Walter, Director Innovation and Skills, EURATEX

Prizes

The winner will receive:
  • an ITMA 2019 Industry Excellence Award trophy and certificate

Research & Innovation Excellence Award – Master's

The Award recognises outstanding achievements in textile and garment related post-graduate research.

Guidelines

  • Open to Master’s degree students, in part or full-time education, of an exhibiting R&I organisation (Chapter 18).
  • The thesis must be authored by a masters’ degree student currently enrolled or have graduated within the last 18 months at the time of submission.
  • The entry must be submitted by the R&I exhibitor via the Exhibition Centre.
  • The first entry is free; subsequent entries for the same category will be charged €50 plus applicable taxes.
  • No withdrawal or replacement is allowed after submission.
  • All entries will be reviewed by the judging panel. Finalists will be notified electronically.

Judges

  • Mr Giorgio Calculli, Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), a national association of The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX)
  • Professor Vladan Koncar, l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles, France (ENSAIT)
  • Professor Thomas Gries, Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, Germany (ITA)
  • Professor Takeshi Kikutani, The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan (SFSTJ)
  • Professor Behnam Pourdeyhimi, North Carolina State University, USA

Prizes and Entitlements

There will be three winners with the following prizes:
  • €10,000 cash, ITMA 2019 Research & Innovation Excellence Award certificate and trophy
  • €5,000 cash, ITMA 2019 Research & Innovation Excellence Award certificate and trophy
  • €3,000 cash, ITMA 2019 Research & Innovation Excellence Award certificate and trophy
All finalists shall receive:
  • an ITMA 2019 Research & Innovation Excellence Award merit certificate
  • two complimentary single hotel room nights
  • an ITMA 2019 visitor badge