Keqiao Shaoxing, China / November 4 - 6, 2023

“Digitalization & Circularity – Megatrends Shaping the Textile Industry”

ITMF Annual Conference 2023 Keqiao Shaoxing, China / November 4 - 6, 2023


Conference Programme (as of October 31, 2023)


12.00 – 19.00 ITMF Secretariat / Registration (No. 2 Meeting Room, 3rd Floor)
12.00 – 19.00 CNTAC Secretariat / Registration (Hotel Lobby, 1st Floor)
14.30 – 15.45 Directors Meeting (Lanting, 3rd Floor)
Directors of ITMF members associations, associate and corporate members
- by invitation only -
16.00 – 17.15 Spinners Committee Meeting (Lanting, 3rd Floor)
- by invitation only -
17.30 – 18.30 Board Meeting (Lanting, 3rd Floor)
Board Members and Past President
- by invitation only -
18.30 – 21.00 Reception & Pre-Conference Dinner (Wyndham Hotel, Jianhu Hall, 3rd Floor)
ITMF & CNTAC Board, Speakers, and International Delegates


08.00 – 19.00 ITMF Secretariat/Registration
08.00 – 19.00 CNTAC Secretariat/Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Conference on Fabrics for Home Décor in China
Moderator: Yang Zhaohua, CNTAC & ITMF Home Textile Producers Committee
  • Status & Outlook of Furnishing Fabrics Industry
    Wu Yongqian, China Home Textiles Association
  • Enterprise Digitalization Transformation - Motivation and Action
    Fan Yushun, Tsinghua University, China
  • Digitalization – the Future Road for Furnishing Fabrics Manufactures
    Yang Linshan, Zhongwang Fabric, China
Panel Discussion / Q&A
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break (Foyer, 3rd Floor)
11.00 – 12.00
  • How Can Physical Stores Get a Chance by Using TikTok?
    Qiang Zhanglin, Mercury, China
  • Win-Win Cooperation on Cross-Border E-Commerce
    Zhao Jing, Amazon, China
  • Green Supply Chain of IKEA Textile Products
    Camelia Popescu, IKEA, China
Panel Discussion / Q&A
12.00 – 13.15 Lunch (Qunxian 3-5, 3rd Floor)
13.15 – 14.15 Fibre Session – Cotton
Moderator: K.V. Srinivasan, Premier Mills, India
  • Development of a Sustainable Cotton Textile Industry in China
    Kuiyong Dong, China Cotton Textile Association
  • Cotton Insights and Evolving Trends
    Bharat Desai, BMAN Cotton Consultancy, India
  • Safe Trading in the Cotton Supply Chain
    Alex Hsu, ICA, UK
Panel Discussion /Q&A
14.15 – 15.15 Fibre Session – Man-made Fibres
Moderator: Raphael Cervone, ABIT, Brazil
  • Fibre Recycling & Sustainability – Status Quo and Outlook
    Tracey Zhou, Wood Mackenzie, China
  • Building a Sustainable Green Fiber Ecosystem
    Tom Liu, Sateri, Singapore
  • New Green Recycling Technology for Waste Textiles
    Xie Yueting, Xinxiang Chemical Fiber, China
Panel Discussion / Q&A
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee Break (Foyer, 3rd Floor)
15.45 – 16.30 SLCP Session: SLCP as Best Practice to Reduce Audit Fatigue
Moderator: Liang Xiaohui, CNTAC, China
  • SLCP Progress and Future Direction
    Janet Mensink, SLCP, Netherlands
  • SLCP Achievements from a Manufacturer Perspective
    Michael Cai, Décor, China
Panel Discussion / Q&A
16.30 – 17.30 Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (FICCA) Session
Moderator: Hu Kehua, CNTAC, China
  • Collective Action through UNFCCC’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
    Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, FICCA, Germany
  • Decathlon‘s Approach to Decarbonise its Business Model
    Xia Yanhong, Decathlon, China
  • Chenfeng’s Motivation to Join the Fashion Charter
    Yin Guoxin, Chenfeng Group, China
  • Decarbonization from Material Perspective
    Huang Wenbin, Sateri, China
  • Experiences as a ‘Fashion Charter’ Supporting Organisation
    Laila Petrie, 2050, UK
Panel Discussion / Q&A
18.30 – 21.00 Welcome Dinner at the Shaoxing Keyan Scenic Area
18.15 Meeting Point: Hotel Lobby, Ground Floor
18.30 Bus to the venue


08.10 – 08.30 Shuttle bus from the Wyndham Hotel to the Convention Center
Meeting Point: Hotel Lobby, Ground Floor
09.00 – 09.40 Welcome Session
Moderator: Yingxin Xu, Vice President, CNTAC, China
  • Chinese Ministry, China
  • People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, China
  • Shaoxing Municipal People's Government, China
09.40 – 11.00 Keynote Addresses
Moderator: Mohammed Kassem, WTC, Egypt
  • Sun Ruizhe, President of ITMF and CNTAC
  • Wang Yiming, Vice Chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges
  • Matteo Renzi, Former Prime Minister of Italy
11.00 – 11.20 Tea Break
11.20 – 11.30 Industry Development Launch
11.30 – 12.30 1st Session: Textile Industry in China
Moderator: Li Yufei, CCTV Financial Channel
  • Toward a Sustainable Future
    Wu Yonghua, ANTA, China
  • Circular – The New Business Model
    Stephan Sielaff, Lenzing, Austria
  • Intelligent Empowerment & Green Development Contribute to Building a Modernized Textile Industrial System
    Zhang Hongxia, Weiqiao Textile, China
  • Yang Lan, Sun Media Group, China
Panel Discussion / Q&A
12.30 – 13.00 Shuttle bus from the Convention Center to the Wyndham Hotel
Meeting Point: main entrance of Shaoxing International Exhibition Center
13.00 – 14.15 Lunch (Qunxian 3-5, 3rd Floor)
14.15 – 15.30 2nd Session: Digitalization and Sustainability
Moderator: Michelle Tjokrosaputro, Dan Liris, Indonesia
  • Digital Solutions for a More Sustainable Industry
    Edwin Keh, HKRITA, Hong Kong, China
  • Digital Traceability > Spine of a Sustainable Textile Industry
    Rakesh Vazirani, TÜV Rheinland, Hong Kong, China
  • Textile Circular Economy – Conclusions and Outlook of the First Global Webinar
    Thomas Gries, ITA Group, Germany
Panel Discussion / Q&A
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break (Foyer, 3rd Floor)
15.45 – 17.00 3rd Session: Industry 5.0 – Humans and AI-powered Robots
Moderator: Olivier Zieschank, ITMF
  • World Café – group discussions and individual participation in an online survey
  • Presentation of the findings and conclusions of the World Café Session and Q&A
17.45 – 18.45 Committee of Management Meeting
- Committee Members only -
At the Convention Center (a separate bus will leave at 17.45)
18.30 – 22.00 Gala Dinner
Keqiao Hall (3F) of Shaoxing International Convention & Exhibition Center

18.15 h Meeting Point: Hotel Lobby, ground floor
18.30 h Bus to the venue


08.30 – 09.30 4th Session: Sustainability & Regulation
Moderator: Mustafa Denizer, Diktas, Türkiye
  • Regulation: Necessary Guide towards a Sustainable Economy
    Yan Yan, China National Textile & Apparel Council
  • Preparing for a New EU Regulatory Framework for the Textile Industry
    Dirk Vantyghem, EURATEX, Belgium
  • Supporting a more Accountable Industry through Smart Regulations
    Steve Lamar, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), USA
Panel Discussion / Q&A
09.30 – 10.45 ITMF Start-up Award Session
Moderator: Tae Jin Kang, Seoul National University, Korea
  • CarboScreen – Online Monitoring of Carbon Fiber Manufacturing
    Musa Akdere, CarboScreen, Germany
  • Biological Dyeing: How Is It Greener?
    Orr Yarkoni, Colorifix, UK
  • Molecular Bio-Recycling Preserving High-Value Polymers
    Sandra Grimmer, Rheiazymes, Switzerland
  • Exploration and Practice of SMEs in the Textile Digital Printing Industry
    Xiao Xing Shui, Shaoxing Qian Yong Textile, China
  • A New Biobased Fiber with Low Climate Impact
    Andreas Nilsson, TreeToTextile, Sweden
Panel Discussion / Q&A
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break (Foyer, 3rd Floor)
11.15 – 12.15 5th Session: Scaling up Circularity
Moderator: Christian Schindler, ITMF
  • Transitioning Toward Textiles Circularity
    Christopher Kenneally, Indorama, Thailand
  • Regenerative Agricultural Practices and Traceability of Sustainable Fibers
    Muzaffer Kayhan, Soktas, Türkiye
  • Advancing Circular Solutions
    Tricia Carey, Renewcell, Sweden
Panel Discussion / Q&A
12.15 – 13.30 ITMF Award Session
Moderator: Juan Parés, Textil Santanderina, Spain
  • Winners of the ITMF Innovation & Sustainability Award 2023
  • Winners of the ITMF International Cooperation Award 2023
13.30 – 13.45 Invitation to the ITMF Annual Conference 2024
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch (Qunxian 3-5, 3rd Floor)
14.30 – 19.00 Excursion to “Zhejiang Yingfeng Technology Co., Ltd.” & “China Textile City”
14.15 Meeting Point: Hotel Lobby, Ground Floor


Video Highlights: Day 1

Video Highlights: Day 2

Video Highlights: Day 3

Hosted by

Shaoxing Municipal People’s Government





Conference on Fabrics for Home Décor in China

Wu Yongqian

China Home Textiles Association

Fan Yushun

Tsinghua University, China

Yang Linshan

Zhongwang Fabric, China

Qiang Zhanglin

Mercury, China

Zhao Jing

Amazon, China

Camelia Popescu

IKEA, China

Fiber Session – Cotton

Kuiyong Dong

China Cotton Textile Association

Bharat Desai

BMAN Cotton Consultancy, India

Alex Hsu


Fiber Session – Man-made Fibers

Tracey Zhou

Wood Mackenzie, China

Tom Liu

Sateri, Singapore

Xie Yueting

Xinxiang Chemical Fiber, China

SLCP Session

Janet Mensink

SLCP, Netherlands

Michael Cai

Décor, China

Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (FICCA) Session

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu

FICCA, Germany

Uta Xia

Decathlon, China

Yin Guoxin

Chenfeng Group, China

Huang Wenbin

Sateri, China

Laila Petrie

2050, UK

Keynote Addresses

Ruizhe Sun

President, CNTAC & ITMF, China

Wang Yiming

Vice Chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges

Matteo Renzi

Former Prime Minister of Italy

1st Session: Textile Industry in China

Yonghua Wu

ANTA, China

Stephan Sielaff

Lenzing, Austria

Zhang Hongxia

Weiqiao Textile, China

Yang Lan

Sun Media Group, China

2nd Session: Digitalization and Sustainability

Edwin Keh

HKRITA, Hong Kong, China

Rakesh Vazirani

TÜV Rheinland, Hong Kong, China

Thomas Gries

ITA Group, Germany

4th Session: Sustainability & Regulation

Yan Yan

China National Textile & Apparel Council

Dirk Vantyghem

EURATEX, Belgium

Steve Lamar

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), USA

ITMF Start-up Award Session

Musa Akdere

CarboScreen, Germany

Orr Yarkoni

Colorifix, UK

Sandra Grimmer

Rheiazymes, Switzerland

Xiao Xing Shui

Shaoxing Qian Yong Textile, China

Andreas Nilsson

TreeToTextile, Sweden

5th Session: Scaling up Circularity

Christopher Kenneally

Indorama, Thailand

Muzaffer Kayhan

Soktas, Türkiye

Tricia Carey

Renewcell, Sweden