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HeiQ AeoniQ cellulosic yarn. (Foto von HeiQ)
16.02.2022

HUGO BOSS und The LYCRA Company fördernd dekarbonisierendes Garn HeiQ AeoniQ

Im Rahmen seiner Wachstumsstrategie „CLAIM 5" von HUGO BOSS (MDAX: BOSS) realisierte das Unternehmen das erste nachhaltigkeitsbezogene Investment der Gruppe in Form einer Beteiligung von 5 Millionen USD an HeiQ AeoniQ LLC, einer hundertprozentigen Tochtergesellschaft der in London notierten HeiQ Plc (LSE: HEIQ).

Die Investition wird durch eine zusätzliche Vereinbarung in Höhe von 4 Millionen USD ergänzt, die der Erreichung der vereinbarten Ziele unterliegt. Die strategische Partnerschaft wird HUGO BOSS dabei helfen, die ehrgeizigen Nachhaltigkeitsziele des Unternehmens zu erreichen, darunter das Ziel der Klimaneutralität im eigenen Verantwortungsbereich bis 2030 und in der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette bis 2045. Darüber hinaus legt das Unternehmen besonderen Wert auf die Etablierung eines End-to-End-Kreislaufwirtschaftsmodells. Mittel- bis langfristig konzentriert sich HUGO BOSS auf das Potenzial, die derzeit verwendeten Polyester- und Nylonfasern durch die zellulosehaltigen HeiQ AeoniQ-Fasern materiell zu ergänzen und zu ersetzen.

Im Rahmen seiner Wachstumsstrategie „CLAIM 5" von HUGO BOSS (MDAX: BOSS) realisierte das Unternehmen das erste nachhaltigkeitsbezogene Investment der Gruppe in Form einer Beteiligung von 5 Millionen USD an HeiQ AeoniQ LLC, einer hundertprozentigen Tochtergesellschaft der in London notierten HeiQ Plc (LSE: HEIQ).

Die Investition wird durch eine zusätzliche Vereinbarung in Höhe von 4 Millionen USD ergänzt, die der Erreichung der vereinbarten Ziele unterliegt. Die strategische Partnerschaft wird HUGO BOSS dabei helfen, die ehrgeizigen Nachhaltigkeitsziele des Unternehmens zu erreichen, darunter das Ziel der Klimaneutralität im eigenen Verantwortungsbereich bis 2030 und in der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette bis 2045. Darüber hinaus legt das Unternehmen besonderen Wert auf die Etablierung eines End-to-End-Kreislaufwirtschaftsmodells. Mittel- bis langfristig konzentriert sich HUGO BOSS auf das Potenzial, die derzeit verwendeten Polyester- und Nylonfasern durch die zellulosehaltigen HeiQ AeoniQ-Fasern materiell zu ergänzen und zu ersetzen.

Vor der Kapitalbeteiligung von HUGO BOSS erklärte sich The LYCRA Company bereit, als exklusive Vertriebspartnerin für das HeiQ AeoniQ-Garn eine meilensteinabhängige Technologiegebühr zu zahlen und sich zu verpflichten, ihr umfassendes Textilwissen und ihren Zugang zu den Marktkanälen zu nutzen, um diese neue Technologie für einen breiten Einsatz in der Bekleidungsindustrie vorzubereiten.

Der Großteil des eingebrachten Kapitals wird für die Vergrößerung und Kommerzialisierung dieser bahnbrechenden Technologie verwendet. In diesem Zusammenhang wird die HeiQ AeoniQ LLC ihre erste kommerzielle Giga-Fabrik in Mitteleuropa bis Ende 2024 errichten und baut derzeit ihre Pilotanlage für die kommerzielle Faserproduktion aus, die für Q2 2022 geplant ist.

HeiQ AeoniQ Zellulosegarn aus klimafreundlichen Rohstoffen
HeiQ AeoniQ (Aeon: Streben nach ewiger Kreislauffähigkeit) – ein Endlosgarn aus Zellulose, das das Potenzial hat, mit Polyester- und Nylonfasern zu konkurrieren – stellt eine revolutionäre, erstmals auf dem Markt erhältliche und skalierbare, geschützte Bekleidungstechnologie dar, die die Herstellung eines nachhaltigen Zellulosegarns ermöglicht, das auf Kreislauffähigkeit und Recycling ausgelegt ist und erdölbasierte Fasern ersetzen könnte.

HeiQ AeoniQ-Garne werden aus zellulosehaltigen Biopolymeren hergestellt, die während des Wachstums Kohlenstoff aus der Atmosphäre binden. HeiQ AeoniQ-Garn ist dazu bestimmt, bestehende Filamentgarne auf Erdölbasis zu ersetzen, wie z.B. Polyester und Nylon, die über 60 % der weltweiten jährlichen Textilproduktion von 111 Mio. Tonnen ausmachen. Der weltweite Markt für Polyester- und Nylonfasern hat einen geschätzten Wert von 135 Milliarden USD mit einem CAGR von >3,5 % im nächsten Jahrzehnt (Statista). Für jede durch HeiQ AeoniQ substituierte Tonne Polyester und Nylon können potenziell bis zu 5 Tonnen CO2 eingespart werden.

Im Vergleich zu konventionellem Polyester, Nylon, Baumwolle und konventionellen regenerierten Zelluloseprodukten hat die Produktion von HeiQ AeoniQ-Garnen das Potenzial, die Umweltauswirkungen der Faserproduktion zu verändern, da sie zirkulär angelegt ist, 100% erneuerbare Energie für die Herstellung verwendet, einen geschlossenen Recyclingkreislauf von mehr als 99,5% der Produktionsfaktoren aufweist, keine giftigen Chemikalien verwendet und keine Ackerflächen, Pestizide oder Düngemittel für ihre Rohstoffe benötigt.

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HeiQ AeoniQ

01.12.2021

Rieter Holding AG: Change in the Board of Directors

  • This E. Schneider will not stand for re-election at the 2022 Annual General Meeting
  • Sarah Kreienbühl and Daniel Grieder proposed for election as new members of the Board of Directors

This E. Schneider has informed the Board of Directors that, after 13 years of membership, he will not stand for re-election as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Rieter Holding AG at the next Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2022.

The Board of Directors of Rieter Holding AG will propose Sarah Kreienbühl and Daniel Grieder for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2022.

  • This E. Schneider will not stand for re-election at the 2022 Annual General Meeting
  • Sarah Kreienbühl and Daniel Grieder proposed for election as new members of the Board of Directors

This E. Schneider has informed the Board of Directors that, after 13 years of membership, he will not stand for re-election as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Rieter Holding AG at the next Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2022.

The Board of Directors of Rieter Holding AG will propose Sarah Kreienbühl and Daniel Grieder for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2022.

Sarah Kreienbühl has been a member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives since 2018 and heads among other things Human Resources and Communications of the Migros Group. Before that, she spent 14 years at Sonova as Group VP Corporate Human Resources, where she was also responsible for Corporate Communications from 2012. Sarah Kreienbühl holds both the Swiss and French citizenship and graduated from the University of Zurich with a degree in psychology. With her expertise and extensive leadership experience, she will be able to make an important contribution to Rieter’s human resources policy as a member of the Board of Directors.

Daniel Grieder has been CEO of HUGO BOSS AG, based in Metzingen (Germany), since June 2021. He has been working successfully in the textile industry for more than 35 years: initially from 1985 to 2004 as an independent entrepreneur with his own sales agency, which worked for Tommy Hilfiger from 1997. He joined Tommy Hilfiger directly in 2004 and took on additional roles for PVH from 2010 to 2020. He most recently held the positions of Global CEO Tommy Hilfiger and CEO PVH Europe. Daniel Grieder is a Swiss citizen and studied at the Zurich School of Economics and Business Administration.

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Rieter Holding AG

EURATEX and IAF conventions take place from 7 to 9 November 2021 (c) EURATEX
31.05.2021

EURATEX and IAF conventions take place from 7 to 9 November 2021

From 7 to 9 November 2021, the world of apparel and textiles will meet in Antwerp, Belgium, for a double convention: the 36th World Fashion Convention on 7-8 November, hosted by IAF, and the 9th European Textiles and Apparel Convention on 8-9 November, hosted by EURATEX.

Delegates can choose to register for the IAF’s 36th World Fashion Convention, for EURATEX’s 9th European Textiles and Apparel Convention or for a combination of both, which the organisers of course recommend. The IAF Convention, carrying the theme ‘Transition of the Global Fashion System’ focusses on global industry developments whereas the EURATEX convention, themed “A new paradigm for the European Textiles and Clothing Industry”, has a strong European focus. Therefore, the two conventions are perfectly complementary.

The Antwerp Convention will be the first ‘live’ meeting for the industry in nearly two years’ time. That’s why the convention will combine knowledge with social events, notably the IAF and EURATEX joint networking dinner on 8 November in the Antwerp Fashion Museum.

From 7 to 9 November 2021, the world of apparel and textiles will meet in Antwerp, Belgium, for a double convention: the 36th World Fashion Convention on 7-8 November, hosted by IAF, and the 9th European Textiles and Apparel Convention on 8-9 November, hosted by EURATEX.

Delegates can choose to register for the IAF’s 36th World Fashion Convention, for EURATEX’s 9th European Textiles and Apparel Convention or for a combination of both, which the organisers of course recommend. The IAF Convention, carrying the theme ‘Transition of the Global Fashion System’ focusses on global industry developments whereas the EURATEX convention, themed “A new paradigm for the European Textiles and Clothing Industry”, has a strong European focus. Therefore, the two conventions are perfectly complementary.

The Antwerp Convention will be the first ‘live’ meeting for the industry in nearly two years’ time. That’s why the convention will combine knowledge with social events, notably the IAF and EURATEX joint networking dinner on 8 November in the Antwerp Fashion Museum.

Previous speakers at the EURATEX and IAF conventions came from PVH, Hugo Boss, Zegna, as well as European Commission, McKinsey, OECD, and London College of Fashion. About 150 delegates at each event, from over 20 countries are expected.

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EURATEX

26.05.2021

We aRe Spin Dye signs collaboration agreement with Hugo Boss

We aRe Spin Dye (WRSD) AB (publ) (“WRSD”) enters into a collaboration agreement with the international premium brand, Hugo Boss.

Hugo Boss has a clear agenda for how they will gradually become even more sustainable. One of the company's intermediate goals is to have reduced total water consumption by 40% by 2025 - where WRSD is expected to be involved and contribute with competence and technology. The long term goal for Hugo Boss is to be completely climate neutral by 2050.

In November, Hugo Boss Ag entered the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the fourth year in a row. Hugo Boss is thus one of the four companies in the textile, clothing and luxury segment that have qualified for the index this year. Hugo Boss is also listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Europe for the first time. In the assessment carried out by S&P Global, HUGO BOSS improved significantly compared with the previous year and received, among other things, the assessment “best in class” in several categories.

We aRe Spin Dye (WRSD) AB (publ) (“WRSD”) enters into a collaboration agreement with the international premium brand, Hugo Boss.

Hugo Boss has a clear agenda for how they will gradually become even more sustainable. One of the company's intermediate goals is to have reduced total water consumption by 40% by 2025 - where WRSD is expected to be involved and contribute with competence and technology. The long term goal for Hugo Boss is to be completely climate neutral by 2050.

In November, Hugo Boss Ag entered the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the fourth year in a row. Hugo Boss is thus one of the four companies in the textile, clothing and luxury segment that have qualified for the index this year. Hugo Boss is also listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Europe for the first time. In the assessment carried out by S&P Global, HUGO BOSS improved significantly compared with the previous year and received, among other things, the assessment “best in class” in several categories.

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We aRe Spin Dye 

35. Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen: 17. und 18. März 2021 © Tchibo
Nanda Bergstein - Tchibo
15.03.2021

35. Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen: 17. und 18. März 2021

DIE KEYNOTES:

  • Klimawandel
  • Transparente Lieferketten mit Tchibo
  • Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung bei der Hugo Boss AG
  • Die Sicht des Finanzsektors: Baumwolle und Risikomanagement

Die Internationale Baumwolltagung startet in wenigen Tagen. Während der am 17. und 18. März stattfindenden Konferenz tragen 80 Experten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis mit inspirierenden Vorträgen oder Diskussionsrunden zum Gelingen der virtuellen Tagung bei. Bisher haben sich an die 400 Teilnehmer aus über 30 Ländern zum Besuch der Tagung angemeldet. Wir freuen uns auf unsere Keynote Speaker, die jeden Morgen mit spannenden Statements und Vorträgen das Programm eröffnen. Die Keynotes werden von zwei Vertretern der Baumwollbranche moderiert, die langjährige Erfahrung im Handel mitbringen: Bill Ballenden, Gründer und Inhaber von Dragontree, UK, einer Online-Auktionsplattform für den Baumwollhandel und Fritz A. Grobien, Vizepräsident der Bremer Baumwollbörse.

DIE KEYNOTES:

  • Klimawandel
  • Transparente Lieferketten mit Tchibo
  • Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung bei der Hugo Boss AG
  • Die Sicht des Finanzsektors: Baumwolle und Risikomanagement

Die Internationale Baumwolltagung startet in wenigen Tagen. Während der am 17. und 18. März stattfindenden Konferenz tragen 80 Experten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis mit inspirierenden Vorträgen oder Diskussionsrunden zum Gelingen der virtuellen Tagung bei. Bisher haben sich an die 400 Teilnehmer aus über 30 Ländern zum Besuch der Tagung angemeldet. Wir freuen uns auf unsere Keynote Speaker, die jeden Morgen mit spannenden Statements und Vorträgen das Programm eröffnen. Die Keynotes werden von zwei Vertretern der Baumwollbranche moderiert, die langjährige Erfahrung im Handel mitbringen: Bill Ballenden, Gründer und Inhaber von Dragontree, UK, einer Online-Auktionsplattform für den Baumwollhandel und Fritz A. Grobien, Vizepräsident der Bremer Baumwollbörse.

Was ist mit dem Klimawandel?
„Klimawandel - ein Sturm im Wasserglas?“, fragt Kai Hughes am ersten Tagungstag. Er ist geschäftsführender Direktor des International Cotton Advisory Committee, Washington D.C., USA. Ziel seiner Präsentation ist es, die Herausforderungen des Klimawandels für die Landwirtschaft und insbesondere die Baumwollproduktion herauszuarbeiten. Darauf aufbauend sollen konkrete Handlungsansätze und Lösungen innerhalb der Baumwoll-Community diskutiert werden.

Lieferketten - welche Strategie gilt für Nachhaltigkeit?
Nanda Bergstein ist Director Sustainabilty bei der Tchibo GmbH, Hamburg, Deutschland. In ihrer Keynote stellt sie die Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie des Hamburger Familienunternehmens vor, das sich über den Kaffeehandel mit einem speziellen Vertriebskonzept zu einem der größten deutschen Konsumgüter- und Einzelhandelsunternehmen entwickelte. Schon 2006 entschied sich Tchibo zu 100 Prozent nachhaltig wirtschaften zu wollen. Das Unternehmen sieht im Aufbau transparenter Lieferketten große Chancen zur Erreichung seines Ziels.

Nachhaltigkeit und Unternehmensführung
Der Startschuss für den zweiten Tagungstag fällt mit einer Keynote von Heinz Zeller, Head of Sustainability & Logistics bei Hugo Boss. Die Hugo Boss AG, Metzingen, Deutschland, ist Produzent und Vertreiber der weltweit bekannten, im Premiumsegment angesiedelten Lifestylemarke Hugo Boss. Heinz Zeller zeigt in seinem Vortrag auf, warum Baumwolle für Hugo Boss weiterhin der wichtigste Rohstoff ist, thematisiert aber auch die spezifischen Herausforderungen. Warum ist Transparenz weiterhin wichtig, welche Erfahrungen machte das Unternehmen im Prozess der Umsetzung und welche Rolle spielt hierbei die Responsible Product Policy des Unternehmens.

Die Sicht des Finanzsektors: Baumwolle und Risikomanagement
Michael Alt, Head of Commodities Advisory & Distribution und Egon Weinberg, Head of Commodity Research bei der Commerzbank, Frankfurt, Deutschland, geben einen Überblick darüber, was Rohstoffmärkte an den Börsen antreibt und bieten einen speziellen Blick auf die Baumwolle. Es soll deutlich werden, mit welchen Auswirkungen Marktteilnehmer rechnen und wie sie im Vorfeld vorausschauendes Risikomanagement betreiben können.

Wir setzen die Baumwollbrille auf: Vielfalt in Wissenschaft und Praxis
Das Programm der internationalen Baumwolltagung überzeugt mit 14 Sessions durch seine Vielfältigkeit. Zu den großen Themenkomplexen gehören im konzeptionellen Kontext Nachhaltigkeit, Transparenz und Verantwortung entlang der Baumwollproduktions- und Lieferketten sowie eine ressourcenschonende Kreislaufwirtschaft. Im technischen Tagungsteil geht es um fortschrittliche und ressourcenschonende Prozesse und unterstützende Methoden, die zu höheren Erträgen für die Farmer und besserer Qualität von Baumwolle in Hinblick auf ihre Weiterverarbeitung zu Textilien führen. Dabei wird auch deutlich, dass die Verwendung von Baumwolle weit über den Bekleidungsbereich hinausgeht und die Naturfaser sowohl für technische Anwendungen aber auch in veränderter Form als Plastikersatz zum Einsatz kommen kann.

Kommunikation und Interaktion gehen auch ‚virtuell‘
Überhaupt: Interaktion und Austausch unter den Teilnehmern haben eine wesentliche Bedeutung während und auch noch nach der Tagung. Durch die Interaktionstools der Tagungsplattform besteht die Möglichkeit, während der Vorträge Fragen an die Referenten zu richten oder an Umfragen teilzunehmen. Teilnehmer und Referenten können sich im Anschluss an die Vorträge zu privaten Video-Meetings verabreden. Weitere Dialogformate, die dazu beitragen, miteinander ins Gespräch zu kommen, werden im Rahmen eines digitalen Matchmaking zu ausgewählten Themen oder als Business-Speed-Dating zum gegenseitigen Kennenlernen angeboten. Jeder Teilnehmer ist über die Tagungsplattform erreichbar, wenn man möchte.

Bremer Baumwollbörse, Bremer Rathaus (c) Bremen Cotton Exchange
Bremer Baumwollbörse, Bremer Rathaus
10.02.2020

International Cotton Conference Bremen 2020: keynotes

Focus on Sustainability and Climate Change

Passion for Cotton: The 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen starts on 25 March in the Hanseatic city’s historic Town Hall. But before subject-specific questions are discussed in depth in the individual sessions, the concise and inspiring keynotes by leading business experts from science and industry will draw attention to the current trends and challenges in the industry at the start of the conference. A large part of the presentations is shaped by the current discussion on environmental and sustainability issues and the resulting consequences for the global economy.

Climate Change and Sustainability

“Climate change - a storm in a teacup?” asks Kai Hughes, Executive Director of the International Cotton Advisory Committee, Washington D.C., USA, in a provocative speech. The aim of his presentation is to work out the challenges of climate change especially for agriculture and cotton production. This should form the basis for later discussion on concrete approaches and solutions within the cotton community.

Focus on Sustainability and Climate Change

Passion for Cotton: The 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen starts on 25 March in the Hanseatic city’s historic Town Hall. But before subject-specific questions are discussed in depth in the individual sessions, the concise and inspiring keynotes by leading business experts from science and industry will draw attention to the current trends and challenges in the industry at the start of the conference. A large part of the presentations is shaped by the current discussion on environmental and sustainability issues and the resulting consequences for the global economy.

Climate Change and Sustainability

“Climate change - a storm in a teacup?” asks Kai Hughes, Executive Director of the International Cotton Advisory Committee, Washington D.C., USA, in a provocative speech. The aim of his presentation is to work out the challenges of climate change especially for agriculture and cotton production. This should form the basis for later discussion on concrete approaches and solutions within the cotton community.

With his lecture “The HUGO BOSS sustainability programme ... and what our customer has to do with it” Andreas Streubig, Director of Global Sustainability at Hugo Boss AG, Metzingen, Germany, rolls up the textile value chain from a different angle, starting at the consumer level. As a representative of a premium brand for women's and men's clothing, Streubig discusses sustainability as a strategic element of the corporate strategy and provides information on how elements of the strategy are being implemented at Hugo Boss.

Rüdiger Senft, Head of Sustainability at Commerzbank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, looks at the changing role of banks in financing the cotton market. In addition to a general introduction to the topic of sustainability and banking regulation, Senft's presentation deals with the financing of the cotton trade from a social and ecological point of view.
The opening session on 25 March is hosted by Bill Ballenden, founder and owner of Dragontree, Swindon, UK, an online auction platform for the cotton trade. As a former cotton manager for Louis Dreyfus in Europe and Asia, Bill Ballenden has many years of experience in the industry.

Cross-Cutting Issues: Digitalisation, Gender, Value Chains

The subsequent session in the conference programme with the headline “A Wider View” is devoted to currently defining trends and important cross-cutting issues in the industry. This goes far beyond classic cotton themes.

A lecture by Mark Messura, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, Cary, North Carolina, deals with the role of cotton in an increasingly digitally controlled supply chain. Significant keywords here are faster delivery times, vertical integration, transparency and traceability.

The presentation by Roger Gilmartin, Managing Director of Tri-Blend Consulting, Charlotte, USA, entitled “The secret recipe for timely, cost-optimised and high-quality cotton clothing” promises exciting and enlightening insights. Tri-Blend Consulting conducts studies on the performance of different cotton varieties during the entire consumption process to the finished yarn and evaluates them from an economic point of view.

Amy Jackson, from the Better Cotton Initiative, London, UK, presents ICA Liverpool's “Women in Cotton” initiative. With this commitment, the initiative aims to increase the influence of women in the cotton industry and give them a stronger voice, for example by building networks in cooperation.

Navdeep Singh Sodhi, International Strategic Management Consultant at the Gherzi Textile Organisation, Switzerland, gives an insight into the current development of the value chain for cotton, textiles and clothing in Africa. Looking ahead to the coming decades, also in view of population growth, Africa is seen as having a high potential for building economic structures to improve income and prosperity.

Thomas Schneider, Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and active in the field of production planning and control, textile materials and materials testing will host the session. A leading light in his field, Thomas Schneider has more than 30 years of experience in scientific and application-oriented research in the textile and fibre sector, including at the Fibre Institute Bremen e.V.

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Bremer Baumwollbörse

Gemeinsam nachhaltig handeln: Das World Textile Forum 2019 geht zu Ende (c) World Textile Forum 2019 - Schweizerische Textilfachschule STF
10.09.2019

Working together for a sustainable textile business: Looking back at World Textile Forum 2019

The 2019 World Textile Forum closes its doors after two successful and exciting days.

On September 9 and 10 renowned speakers and experts from the textile business gathered in Zurich to discuss opportunities in the changing textile world. Exciting talks and keynotes illustrated new possibilities for a more sustainable and digital textile industry. While one part of the versatile program focussed on “Sustainable Sourcing” with speakers such as Robert van de Kerkhof (Lenzing AG), Heinz Zeller (Hugo Boss), Daniel Gemperle (Calida) and Anna Maria Rugarli (VF), the topic of “Digital Production” became the centre of attention later thanks to experts like Torbjörn Netland (ETH), Maximilian Kürig (Karl Mayer), Maria Neidhold (Spoonflower) and Holger Max-Lang (Lectra). They offered new perspectives on the sustainable future of the textile industry, presenting innovative sustainable production and business models. The subsequent panels furthered the knowledge exchange between both attendees and speakers and led to lively discussions.

The 2019 World Textile Forum closes its doors after two successful and exciting days.

On September 9 and 10 renowned speakers and experts from the textile business gathered in Zurich to discuss opportunities in the changing textile world. Exciting talks and keynotes illustrated new possibilities for a more sustainable and digital textile industry. While one part of the versatile program focussed on “Sustainable Sourcing” with speakers such as Robert van de Kerkhof (Lenzing AG), Heinz Zeller (Hugo Boss), Daniel Gemperle (Calida) and Anna Maria Rugarli (VF), the topic of “Digital Production” became the centre of attention later thanks to experts like Torbjörn Netland (ETH), Maximilian Kürig (Karl Mayer), Maria Neidhold (Spoonflower) and Holger Max-Lang (Lectra). They offered new perspectives on the sustainable future of the textile industry, presenting innovative sustainable production and business models. The subsequent panels furthered the knowledge exchange between both attendees and speakers and led to lively discussions.

Swiss Textile Federation, Swiss Textile & Fashion Institute STF and Gherzi Textil Organisation would like to thank all attendees and look forward to the next World Textile Forum!

Photo: PINKO
26.07.2019

PINKO: New management and strategies

Young, all-Italian dream-team will lead Pinko to a next level

Pinko looks ahead. Evolution & revolution are the keywords for the new management’s strategies. For the first time, President Pietro Negra will be supported by an all-Italian young team to build the success of the brand from now on. Research and innovation have always been part of the Pinko DNA: once again, they lead the path to cutting edge management.

The Pinko family grows with figures fully trained in the realms of fashion, luxury and retail, the actual Pinko R-evolution kickstart. “We pondered on Pinko’s future,” says Pietro Negra, President of Cris Conf in Fidenza (Parma), which he founded with his wife Cristina Negra and which controls Pinko. “This is just the beginning of a bigger project to be disclosed step by step in the next few months. The company turnover is a crucial point for any family business willing to preserve its independence. We believe in the power of younger generations. Therefore we created an all-Italian team to boost an already successful business model.”

Young, all-Italian dream-team will lead Pinko to a next level

Pinko looks ahead. Evolution & revolution are the keywords for the new management’s strategies. For the first time, President Pietro Negra will be supported by an all-Italian young team to build the success of the brand from now on. Research and innovation have always been part of the Pinko DNA: once again, they lead the path to cutting edge management.

The Pinko family grows with figures fully trained in the realms of fashion, luxury and retail, the actual Pinko R-evolution kickstart. “We pondered on Pinko’s future,” says Pietro Negra, President of Cris Conf in Fidenza (Parma), which he founded with his wife Cristina Negra and which controls Pinko. “This is just the beginning of a bigger project to be disclosed step by step in the next few months. The company turnover is a crucial point for any family business willing to preserve its independence. We believe in the power of younger generations. Therefore we created an all-Italian team to boost an already successful business model.”

Federico Bonelli, with experiences in Ernst & Young, The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company has been appointed General Manager. Emanuele Bianchi, previously in Diesel Coccinelle and Dolce & Gabbana, takes on as Marketing & Communication Director. Cecilia and Caterina Negra, the founders’ daughters and pivotal figures of Pinko’s success, confirm their roles leading respectively the Communication and the Creative department. Caterina Salvador becomes Director of Style and Product after working in Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Coin. More talents will be eventually hired.

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PINKO
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NETWORK PUBLIC RELATIONS GMBH

15.11.2018

DENIM EXPERT LTD. joins as a contributor to the ZDHC FOUNDATION

Denim Expert Ltd. are very proud that they have been accepted to join as a contributor to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation, The ZDHC missions is to enable brands in the textile, apparel, and footwear industries to implement chemical management best practices and advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by collaborative Engagement, Standard Setting and Implementation.

The main goals are set to eliminate priority hazardous chemicals in products and their manufacture, implement a transparent screening process to promote safer chemistry, implement common tools, best practices and training that advance chemical stewardship, partner with stakeholders to promote transparency of chemical usage and discharge and promote scaling of best practices through engagement with key stakeholders.
 
Under the guidance of the ZDHC Foundation, Denim Expert Ltd. have adopted various initiatives to ensure the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, including:

Denim Expert Ltd. are very proud that they have been accepted to join as a contributor to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation, The ZDHC missions is to enable brands in the textile, apparel, and footwear industries to implement chemical management best practices and advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by collaborative Engagement, Standard Setting and Implementation.

The main goals are set to eliminate priority hazardous chemicals in products and their manufacture, implement a transparent screening process to promote safer chemistry, implement common tools, best practices and training that advance chemical stewardship, partner with stakeholders to promote transparency of chemical usage and discharge and promote scaling of best practices through engagement with key stakeholders.
 
Under the guidance of the ZDHC Foundation, Denim Expert Ltd. have adopted various initiatives to ensure the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, including:

  • The establishment of traffic signals in the chemical store-room to aid in the safe storage of chemical product.
  • The mandatory use of protective gloves when handling chemicals.
  • The introduction of a chemical compatibility chart to ensure safe storage of chemicals and highlight their risk factor.
  • Visible posting of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) enabling close follow-up of chemical use.
  • The installation of the appropriate ventilation and  temperature control in the chemical storage area.
  • Establishment of an emergency response plan, with any potential chemical spillage being monitored by a specially trained technical representative.
  • Clear labelling on all chemicals following ZDHC guidance.
  • Strict adhesion by all employees to the chemical inventory list.
  • Allocation of a designated area for chemical waste disposal and treatment.

With its membership of the ZDHC, Denim Expert Ltd. joins more than 24 signatory brands, 59 value chain affiliates, and 15 associates (including Adidas, Benetton, BURBERRY, C&A, COOP, ESPRIT, Gap Inc. , G-STAR RAW, H&M,INDITEX, Jack Wolfskin, Lbrands, LEVI STRAUSS & CO, LI-NING, MARKS & SPENCER, Hugo Boss, Nike, Primark, Puma, PVH, Target)  who are collectively working together to support implementation of safer chemical management practices.

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