Barcelona, Spain / September 19 - 21, 2011

“New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry”

ITMF Conference 2011


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Conference Programme


15.00 – 19.00 Registration (Xaloc)
16.45 – 18.15 Directors Meeting (Mare Nostrum B)
for Directors of ITMF member associations, associate and corporate members
19.00 – 21.00 Joint Reception (Terral)
for ITMF Office Bearers and Directors of ITMF member associations, associate and corporate members - with spouses -


8.30 – 10.00 Board Meeting (Tramuntana) - by invitation -
10.00 – 11.30 Spinners Committee Meeting (Mare Nostrum A) - by invitation -
11.30 – 13.00 Joint Cotton Committee Meeting (Mare Nostrum A) - members and invited guests -
12.00 – 19.00 Registration (Xaloc)
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch (Blue Salon)
14.00 – 15.30 Committee of Management Meeting (Mare Nostrum A)
16.00 – 17.00 Fibre Session - Cotton  (Mare Nostrum C & D)
Chair: Andrew G. Macdonald, ITMF Advisory Board, Brazil and Consultant, ABRAPA - Brazilian Cotton Growers Association

Where Will Cotton Be in 10 Years’ Time? A Vision for the Future
Nicholas P.F. Earlam, Chairman, Plexus Cotton, UK

Biotechnology and Cotton Supply - Today and Tomorrow
Michel Tahar, Cotton Product Manager, BayerCropScience, France

Panel Discussion and Q&A
17.00 – 17.30 Coffee Break
17.30 – 18.45 Man-made Fibres

Man-made Fibre Market - Dealing with Volatility
David Hart, Senior Associate, PCI, UK

China’s Chemical Fibres Industry - an Outlook
Xiaoping Duan, Chairman, China Chemical Fibres Association

The Cellulose Gap
Franz Martin Hämmerle, Textile Consultant, Austria

Panel Discussion and Q&A
19.45 – 23.30 Gala Dinner (Torre dels Lleones)


9.00 – 9.15 Opening Session (Mare Nostrum C & D)
Bashir H. Ali Mohammad, President, ITMF
9.15 – 10.15 1st General Session: The Global Textile Industry Beyond 2011
Chair: John Cheh, ITMF Advisory Board, Hong Kong, China

The World of 2025 - 25 Predictable Trends and Potential Implications for the Textile Industry
Kai Engel, Partner, A.T. Kearney, Germany

Dynamics of the Textile Supply Chain - Implications for Brands and Retailers
James J. Cook, Vice President, Government and Trade Relations, Hanesbrands Inc., USA

Panel Discussion and Q&A
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 – 12.00 2nd General Session: Textiles in a Changing Retail Environment
Chair: Bassem Sultan, ITMF Honorary Treasurer, Egypt

Respect & Transparency
Robin Cornelius, Executive Chairman, Switcher, Switzerland

Values Based Retailing
Simon Susman, Deputy Chairman, Woolworths, South Africa

Online Retail Business: Global Growth and Constant Reinvention
Antonio Grau, COO & CFO, Privalia, Spain

Panel Discussion and Q&A
12.00 – 13.00 3rd General Session: Technical Textiles - Innovations and Applications
Chair: Walter Simeoni, ITMF Honorary Life Member, South Africa

Technical Textiles - Challenges for Growing Markets
Thomas Stegmaier, Head, Technical Textiles, ITV Denkendorf, Germany

"The Empire Strikes Back" - How New Textile Materials Will Shape Our Future
Peter D. Dornier, CEO, Lindauer DORNIER, Germany

Panel Discussion and Q&A
13.00 – 13.15 The Global Textile Machinery Market Situation
Christian P. Schindler, ITMF Director General
13.15 – 13.25 Invitation to the ITMF Annual Conference 2012
13.30 – 15.00 Home Textile Producers Committee Meeting (Mare Nostrum C & D; light lunch incl.) - by invitation -
13.30 – 15.00 Lunch (Blue Salon)
16.00 – 22.00 Excursion and Dinner
In the Footsteps of Antonio Gaudi


World Textile Summit
(Mare Nostrum C, D, E, F)
9.00 – 9.15 Welcome Addresses
Steve Combes, CEMATEX President, UK
Bashir H. Ali Mohammad, ITMF President, Pakistan
9.15 – 10.15 Keynote Address

Sustainability and the UN Global Compact
Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General & Nobel Prize Winner
10.15 – 10.45/td> Directions in Textile R & D
Loek de Vries, President & CEO, Royal TenCate, Netherlands
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 – 11.45/td> The Changing Technological Environment and its Implications for Textile Businesses
Thomas Babacan, CEO Oerlikon Textile & COO Oerlikon Group, Switzerland
11.45 – 12.15/td> Proactive Strategies for Environmental and Ethical Conformity
Philip Chamberlain, Head of Sustainability, C&A Europe, Belgium
12.15 – 12.45 Panel Discussion
12.45 – 13.45 Lunch (Salon Jardin)
13.45 – 14.45 Keynote Address

The Industrial Future in a Post-Crisis World
Barry J. Eichengreen, Professor of Economics & Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA
14.45 – 15.15 Fashion Responsive Product Development
Daniel López, Secretary to the Board & Deputy General Manager, Mango, Spain
15.15 – 15.45 Will India Be the New Powerhouse in Textiles?
Dilip B. Jiwrajka, Managing Director, Alok Industries, India
15.45 – 16.15 Coffee Break
16.15 – 16.55 The Strategic Vision for China’s Textile Industry
Yuzhou Du, President, China National Textile & Apparel Council
16.55 – 17.25 International Textile Trade - Perspective from the WTO
Rufus H. Yerxa, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization
17.25 – 17.55 Panel Discussion
17.55 – 18.00 Closing Remarks
18.00 – 20.00 Farewell Reception (Salon Jardin)


Social Programme


12.30 – 16.30 Barcelona Sightseeing
Montjuïc Hill and the Olympic Ring / the Columbus Monument / the Old Harbor / Las Ramblas / La Boqueria Market - with a refreshment stop
19.45 – 23.30 Gala Dinner
La Torre dels Lleons (the Lions’ Mansion) was built in the 19th century on the ruins of the castle of Picalqués. It owes its name to the stone lions that adorn the courtyard, from whose mouth flowed fresh water that emerged from a natural spring. La Torre dels Lleons retains the characteristics of great Catalan masías or farmhouses and preserves its aristocratic air.


16.00 – 22.00 In the Footsteps of Antonio Gaudi
walk through PARK GÜELL / guided tour of La Sagrada Familia / drive through Paseo de Gracia with Gaudí’s famous houses, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà / Dinner at Congrejo Loco, right by the Olympic Port


10.00 – 15.00 Hidden Treasures of the Gothic Quarter
walk through the Gothic Quarter, the core of Medieval Barcelona / visit the Gothic Cathedral, dating back to the XIII century / tour the Museum of Picasso with an exhibition featuring mostly works from his early childhood in Malaga up till the period at the French Riviera / enjoy a Spanish tapas lunch before heading back to the hotel



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