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Date: 23 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.45 pm  | Venue: Convention Centre 4.1

Theme: Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy

Launched at ITMA 2011, The Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum, is an industry initiative that draws lively participation from dyestuff, colour and chemical professionals from around the world.

An inclusive industry platform
The forum aims to include perspectives from all stakeholders of the textile and garment supply chain. It will provide the opportunity to like-minded industry players to exchange knowledge on the latest innovations and solutions, understand current issues and trends of the textile colourant and chemical global industry.

The circular economy and resource sustainability strategy
As the world grapples with sustainable development and global environmental challenges, the 2019 forum will centre on the theme: Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy. It explores how textile chemicals, and innovative and cleaner technologies can support the strategy impacted by Industry 4.0.



Bluesign Technologies AG


  • Opening Remarks by CEMATEX & AEQCT
  • Session 1 - Resource management and Industry 4.0
    • The role of chemistry for circularity in textile, leather and fibre production
      Scott Echols, ZDHC Programme Director, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZHDC)
    • Accelerating sustainable innovation
      Georgia Parker, Innovation Manager, Fashion for Good
    • From road map to reality
      Guenther Widler, Head of Technology for Denim & Sodamide, Dystar
    • Preferred chemicals: why, who and what is needed to achieve better alternatives for the textile supply chain
      Dr Thomas Schaefer, Head, Bluesign Academy
    • Direct to garment printing
      Eric M Smith, Technology Manager, DuPont
  • Session 2 - Responding to sustainability challenges with innovation
    Shrinking environmental footprints of chemicals & colouring technology
    New technologies and their impact on a more sustainable textile supply chain
    • Design for sustainability – durability, service and user experience
      Drummond Lawson, Sustainability Director, Arc'teryx
    • C8-free hydrophobic finishes: alternatives, challenges, opportunities and limits for chemistry and application
      Dr Oliver Kusterle, Vice President Global Sales
    • Break new ground with aniline-free* indigo for denim
      Paul Cowell, Head, Business Development & Brand Marketing, Archroma
    • High quality cotton knits with low environmental footprint
      Christian Wieth, Senior Global Marketing Manager, Novozymes
    • Sustainable Development and Innovation on Digital Textile Printing
      Dr Sam Chen, Deputy Head, R&D Centre, Everlight
  • Session 3 - Envisioning the future of the colourant and chemical industry
    • Resource sustainability and relevant strategies in the journey towards a circular economy
      Dunja Drmač, Sustainability Officer, European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
    • The power of digital: revolutionizing the supply chain fundamentals of thread dyeing
      Yariv Bustan, Vice President, Product and Marketing, Twine Solutions
    • Combining input stream chemical management with product safety and regulatory compliance
      Jonathan Wehrli, Product Manager for Eco Passport, Oeko-Tex Association

  • Experts Panel: 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?
    • 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

  • Closing Remarks

Subject to change

Organising Committee
Delegate profile
  • Dyeing, printing, finishing treatment processing companies
  • Raw material processing companies
  • Retailers and brand owners
  • Non government organisation representatives
  • Researchers
  • Textile and garment producers
Past forum participants

Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Archroma, Coats, Cotton Inc., DyeCoo, ENSAIT, Ferragamo, Gianni Versace, HeiQ Materials, Ikea, Loris Bellini, Novozymes, Henkel, Heathcoat Fabrics, Nike, Shaw Industries, Sumitomo, Tonello, University of Bergamo, ZDHC Group and more.

Delegate registration & fees

The forum is open only to ITMA 2019 exhibitors and registered visitors. Click here to register now.

Category  Fees
Delegates and presenters € 128
ITMA 2019 Supporting Organisation members € 108

VAT at prevailing rate to be added if applicable. Includes light lunch & tea breaks. 

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact us at for a customised package.

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    ustainable textile supply chain
  • New technologies and their impact on a more sustainable textile supply chain
  • New technologies and their impact on a more sustainable textile supply chain