The 90th Textile Institute World Conference

25th – 28th April 2016 | Poznan, Poland


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Copyright 2013 Len Spoden Photography

Dr Terry Townsend – Cotton Analytics

The Role of Innovation in Ensuring the Future of Natural Fibres

Dr Terry Townsend had been specially invited by The Textile Institute to present The Peter Dinsdale Lecture as part of the plenary session.

Dr Terry Townsend is a consultant on commodity issues, especially those involving the cotton industry. Clients include UNCTAD, the African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF), BCI, SLC Agrícola, Ecom, the Bremen Cotton Exchange and the Cotton Association of India. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Discover Natural Fibre Initiative (DNFI), Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Task Force on Cotton Testing Methods, and Chair of the Fund Raising Subcommittee of the International Cotton Researchers Association.

He served as executive director of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) from 1999 to 2013. He worked at the United States Department of Agriculture for five years in the 1980s analysing the U.S. cotton industry and editing a magazine devoted to a cross-section of agricultural issues. He joined the ICAC in 1987 as statistician and was promoted to executive director in 1999. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University in the United States.

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Prof Yi, Li – University of Manchester

Setting the Patterns of Future Textiles

Prof Yi, Li is a full professor and chair of Textile Science and Engineering in the School of Materials, the University of Manchester. He is a Life Fellow of Royal Society of Art, Commerce and Manufacturing and International Biographical Association and Fellow of The Textile Institute, and adjunct professors of a number of universities in China and a member of several professional bodies. He is the Chairman of Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Society and the Editor-in-Chief of “Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics”. By securing over £10 million research funding and obtaining support from government funding bodies and industry in the past ten years, he established the Textile Bioengineering Framework to conduct systematic research in textile thermal bioengineering, biomechanical engineering, sensory bioengineering and biomedical engineering, with significant research outputs in biomaterials, nano scale drug delivery systems, nano fiber based scaffolds and textile devices for tissue engineering and stents, textile material functional testing and characterisation, digital apparel and clothing functional design, textile ecological and carbon footprint and industry sustainability and strategic technology roadmap development, which has become an international platform of design and engineering textiles to promote industry-university cooperation and accelerate technology transfer.
He has supervised over 40 PhD students and more than 100 research personnel. He has over 500 scientific publications, including 393 SCI/CPCI indexed research papers and peer reviewed conference papers with 5982 citations and h-index of 41 and i10-index 146 in Google scholar and h-index of 32 in SCI as being recognised as an international leading expert in functional textiles. He is selected on the list of “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2013 by Thomson Reuters, which will be used as one of the criteria for the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Lutz Walter

Lutz Walter, Euratex & European Textile Technology Platform

Textile Research Driving Innovation across High Added Value Applications and Markets

Lutz Walter is Head of the R&D, Innovation and Projects Department of Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation based in Brussels. He is a university degree holder in business management and political science and has been working in European Affairs since 1998. Since he joined Euratex in 1999, he has been coordinator of various European collaborative research and networking projects.

His further responsibilities at Euratex include the monitoring of EU research policies and programmes, which are of interest for the textile/clothing sector as well as the development of strategies and position papers on the future of textile and clothing research and innovation in Europe.

Since 2004 he has been coordinating the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, the largest European textile research and innovation experts network. In 2013 the European Technology Platform became an independent legal entity and Lutz Walter was appointed its Secretary General.


Andrzej Garlikowski – SAFILIN

Economic potential and future trends of Europen Flax fibres

Andrzej Garlikowski – since 2007  President of SAFILIN Ltd. (Poland) – the branch of French company Safilin, which is one of the biggest bast fiber spinning mills in Europe. A. Garlikowski is an active member of CELC – The European Confederation of Linen and Hemp as well as Polish Chamber of Flax and Hemp.

Safilin is well known for the production and sale of its pure or blended  linen or hemp yarns. Safilin-Mather is located in the middle of the linen field region of Western Europe in France and her Polish daughter is in Szczytno and Milakowo in the Warmia region in north-east Poland.

Safilin Poland currently employs about 800 people and its total yarn production amounts to about 5 thousand tonnes per year. Safilin is recognized globally as a producer of high quality yarn. This is the foundation of its competitive advantage.

One of important assets of Safilin is its enormous experience and excellent business relations, developed over the years, with the providers of the raw material i.e. scotched flax fibre. The company’s strategic goal is achieving very high quality of yarn. Safilin produces yarns for luxury natural woven and knitted textiles, as well as for textiles for technical applications, including roving and special low twist yarns for use as reinforcement in composite production.

Currently the company is planning to expand its production potential.

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Prof Izabella Krucinska – Lodz University of Technology

Characteristics of biodegradable and compostable polyester nonwovens

Izabella Krucinska has been employed  as  a full professor  at the Lodz University of Technology, Poland   since 2003. In a period of  2002-2008 served  as the Dean of the Faculty of Material Technologies and Textile Design . Currently she  is holding the position  of the Head of the Department of  Material and Commodity Sciences and Textile Metrology.  Her scientific research  is oriented to the textile metrology and  nonwoven technology.  She developed the accredited laboratory  LabTex (PCA 1421 ) for inspection the quality of textiles. She established  also the laboratory for textile physics and nonwoven technology in Poland  supported by the European founds called “Centre of advanced technologies for the human friendly textiles – Pro Humano Tex”. She is the author of  128 scientific papers published in peer journals. The most important ones are devoted to the development of functional textiles, reinforced with carbon nanotubes and graphene, used in wearable electronics. Recently her research has been devoted to the elaboration of the technologies of biodegradable and compostable textiles for technical and medical applications. In  2006 she has been admitted  an Honorary Fellow of The Textile Institute in Manchester and in 2007 an  Honorary Fellow of the Polish Textile Association.     

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Dr Bin (Jerry) Shen – Donghua University (Former China Textile University)

Sustainability issues in fashion supply chains: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Dr Bin (Jerry) Shen is the faculty member in School of business and management in Donghua University (Former China Textile University). Dr Shen earned his PhD in Fashion Business from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2013. His research interests focus on fashion supply chain management, sustainability, and luxury fashion industry. In the latest five years, Dr Shen has published over 20 articles in the leading international academic journals such as Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Journal of the Textile Institute, Sustainability, European Journal of Operational Research, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, etc. He also received several research grants from Chinese government.



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