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Section Chair:

Dr K Gandhi
Section Chairman

6 Greenleaf Close
Boothstown, Worsley
M28 1HR
T/F : +44 161 7029483

Section Secretary

Mrs EV Hart
Honorary Secretary


Thursday, Friday 10-11 June, 2010 - Manchester (UK)


The global Textile Industry has in the last few decades seen revolutionary changes in its output, structure, and technology - covering all aspects of Fibres, Yarns, Fabrics, Machinery and manufacturing processing techniques.

Apart from the above major achievements, the industry progressively has seen major developments in the production of Technical & Industrial Textiles covering around 25 different fields of new applications. A huge variety of revolutionary products have been brought into the world market as a result of technological innovations in new fibres, yarns, fabrics, dyeing and finishing and processing methods. Unforeseen a few decades ago, these products have been successfully imagined and developed and now on the whole have brought dramatic positive changes in our environment and life-styles.

The most exciting new markets for Technical and Industrial Textiles from a potential growth/value-added/profitability point of view involve the high technology or high performance applications. The forecast as to what will happen most likely in the technical and industrial textile world during the next decade is one of growth in spite of the current global financial situation.

  • How these innovations universally being created?
  • How are ideas converted into products?
  • Can innovation be managed?
  • How do we identify market opportunities?
  • Can we learn from recent case studies of successful innovation and product launch?
  • How will technology serve the needs of the design and fashion sectors?

To address this need, the Technical Textiles Special Interest Group (SIG) of The Textile Institute, Manchester and The Manchester and Cheshire Section of the Textile Institute have teamed together to organise an International Conference on Managing Innovation in Textiles.

The conference will aim to bring together textile scientists, engineers, fibre-yarn -and fabric mfrs, fashion designers, retailers, and many others engaged and interested in recent innovations and their applications in all branches of Technical & Industrial Textiles. The conference programme will consist of invited and contributed papers.
The organisers invite authors to submit the title of their paper along with the brief abstract by 20th March 2010

For full details contact:

Dr. Kim Gandhi , CText FTI
Chairman Manchester & Cheshire Section
Mobile 0780 170 8878
Tel : +44 161 702 9483, Fax +44 161 702 9616

Brian McCarthy
Chairman Technical Textiles SIG
Director, Technitex Faraday Limited Manchester
Mobile 07841 590657
Tel +44 161 306 8500 Fax +44 161 306 8501

Manchester and Cheshire Section and Sustainable,
Environmental and Ethical Special Interest Group



The Sustainable Way

Improving the Environmental and Ethical Impacts of Clothing/Textiles
Dr Dorothy Maxwell,
Lead Sustainable Clothing Roadmap,
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

REACh and Substances of Very High Concern (svhc)
Asif Shah,
Business Development Manager, Shirley Technologies Ltd

This will be a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into
Defra's Sustainability RoadMap and a way forwards with REACh and svhc's.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS, UK
Buffet 6.30pm onwards
Lecture 7.00pm
Everyone welcome: Textile Institute members, students and non members.

This event is free of charge but we do ask that those wishing
to have refreshments contribute a minimum of GBP£3 per head.

For further information or to confirm your place and refreshment requirement please contact
Dr Kim Gandhi, Chair Manchester and Cheshire Section of The Textile Institute or telephone: 0161 702 9483 / Mobile 0780 170 8878
Vanessa Knowles, Chair Sustainable, Environmental and Ethical Special Interest Group or telephone: 01942 886402


The Sustainable Clothing Roadmap is a voluntary clothing industry initiative involving over 300 companies along the clothing supply chain and is co-ordinated by Defra to provide a platform for an integrated approach to improving the environmental and ethical performance of clothing. While it originated in the UK - it has linkage with Asia (especially China and India), EU and USA to date as most UK consumed clothes have a global supply chain. The aim is to drive sustainability from retailers down through the clothing supply chain and fast track best practice through establishing sound science based evidence, prioritising actions (short to long term) and providing a platform for industry best practice cases in order to catalyse change throughout the sector. Dr. Dorothy Maxwell, Technical Director at Global View Sustainable Services - specialists on sustainable products - runs the Roadmap on behalf of Defra.

Dorothy Maxwell has an MSc and PhD in Environmental Science and 19 years professional experience working in the environmental / sustainability arena in industry, government and consultancy in Europe, USA and Asia. For the last 12 years, she has focused on sustainable products related projects for industry, governments in several EU Member States, the European Commission and UNEP working on Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP), Producer Responsibility, Eco-labelling, Life Cycle Assessment, Ecodesign and Green Supply Chain Management. She has been a policy representative (Ireland, Sweden and Holland) working on the development of EU and international products policy. She is currently Technical Director of Global View Sustainability Services Ltd. specialists in SCP/sustainable products. In this context she is a consultant to Defra on several SCP projects including leading the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap.

Shirley Technologies Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of BTTG Ltd, part of the British Textile Technology Group. BTTG was formed during the late 1980's from two globally renowned textile institutions; the Wool Industries Research Association (WIRA) established in 1918 and The Shirley Institute; the latter set up to support the cotton industry in 1919. Shirley Technologies Ltd is a UKAS accredited laboratory providing competitive, independent expert textile testing, certification, advisory and investigation services across the traditional and specialist textile industries.

Asif Shah is a polymer graduate, who has worked within the technical textile industry for the last 15 years, holding various technical and commercial roles. The majority of his experience has been involved in the development of technical coated fabrics and their processes. Asif has also been part of teams that developed the worlds first inflatable curtain vehicle airbag and the development of an MRSA patient slide sheet. Asif is currently employed as Business Development Manager at Shirley Technologies which involves mainly promoting and developing the companies eco textile testing and certification schemes. These include REACh svhc, Oekotex 100 (Human ecology testing), PET (product eco testing) and "Made in green" (certification for ethics and sustainability of textile products and their supply chain).


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