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iTechStyle Summit

Cruise Terminal, Port of Leixões

Porto, Portugal

February 28th - March 2nd, 2018

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About the Event

The iTechStyle Summit - 2nd International Conference of Textile and Clothing, organized by CITEVE – Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal in collaboration with Associação Selectiva Moda and scientific coordination of University of Minho - Centre for Textile Science and Technology, is expected to bring together industry innovators, technology providers, researchers, clusters and other actors from the textile and clothing sector from across Europe. An event full of opportunities to explore, learn, share, and of course network.

The iTechStyle Summit aims to provide a platform to globalize the research by installing a dialogue between industries and academic organizations.

Addressed by leading voices from the industry and academy who will give their expert insights on the latest trends, strategies, opportunities and challenges, the conference will embrace the areas of industry 4.0, digitization and dematerialization of textile and clothing prototypes, new advanced fibres and materials, new technical and smart structures, and sustainability and circular economy.


- Digitization and Dematerialization of Textile Manufacture,

- Sustainability and Circular Economy.

- New Advanced Materials, Fibres and Structures

- Novel applications of Textile Based Materials

CONFERENCE TOPICS (including but not limited to):

- Functionalisation

- Responsive materials

- 3D structures

- Prototypes’ Dematerialization

- Textile Based Composites

- Biomaterials

- Performance Measuring Methods

LANGUAGE: the conference´s official languages are portuguese and english. There will be translation facilities available for the conference participants.

February 28, 2018
8:00am - 09:00am
09:00am - 10:00am
Opening Session
Manuel Heitor
- Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal
António Amorim
- President of CITEVE
10:00am - 10:30am
Coffee Break
10:30am - 12:30pm
Session 1: Megatrends
Laura Balmond -Ellen McArthur Foundation (UK) - Manager
- Circular Fibres Initiative
Jacques-Hervé Levy -IFTH (FR) - General Manager
- Luxury and Technology: a Winning Alliance
Lutz Walter -Textile ETP (BE) - Secretary General
- Sharing is (s)Caring: How the sharing economy will impact the future of the Textile and Clothing industry
Meike Tilebein -DITF (DE) - Researcher
- Textile production digitalization (industry 4.0)
Joan Ginestà -Marinatextil (ES) - CEO
- From basic to special textile products: a question of people
Moderator:Braz Costa - CITEVE / CeNTI (PT)
12:30pm - 14:00pm
14:00pm - 16:00pm
Session 2: New Advanced Materials
Clara Pereira -U. Porto (PT) - Researcher
- Smart Textiles for Energy Storage: Nanotechnology on the Road for Wearable Electronics
Paulo Correia -FISIPE (PT) - Product Development Engineer
- PANOX – Oxidized polyacrylonitrile fiber
Helena P. Felgueiras -2C2T - U. Minho (PT) - Researcher
- New generation of polymeric wound dressings functionalized with immunoregulatory antimicrobial peptides
Nils Jongh -ADI / TANATEX (NL) - Business Development Manager
- Anti-odour finishing by applying non-biocidal mineral technology
Isabel Cabral -U. Minho (PT) - Researcher
- Thermo-responsive textiles: designing dynamic light environments
Moderator:José Morgado - CITEVE (PT)
16:00pm - 16:30pm
Coffee Break
16:30pm - 18:00pm
Session 3: New Fibres and Structures
Daniela Antunes -SOLVAY Group (IT) - Strategic Coordinator
- Innovations on Fibers Inspired by Megatrends
Boussu François -ENSAIT (FR) - Lecturer / Researcher
- Different applications of 3D warp interlock fabrics
Radim Hrdina -U. Pardubice (CZ) - Lecturer / Researcher
- Novel Fibres for Medical Applications
Guy Buyle -Centexbel (BE) - Researcher
- Biobased self-reinforced composites enabled by high stiffness PLA yarns
Moderator:Fernando Ferreira - U. Minho (PT)
20:00pm - 23:00pm
Conference Gala Dinner & iTechStyle Awards Ceremony
Manuel Caldeira Cabral
- Minister of Economy of Portugal
Paulo Cunha
- Mayor of Vila Nova de Famalicão
March 1, 2018
8:30am - 09:00am
09:00am - 10:30am
Session 4: "Technical Textiles" mobility (included TFE4)
Isabel Furtado -TMG Automotive (PT) - CEO
- New Mobility Trends
Juergen Lemmle -BMW (DE) - Head of Interior of the Future
- Car Interior of the future
Fernando Merino -ERT/Cluster Têxtil (PT) - Head of Strategic Marketing and Innovation
- Mobility 2030: an opportunity for the textile and clothing industry
Júlio Grilo - SIMOLDES (PT) - Engineering and Innovation Director
-  Sustainable solutions for automotive
Moderator: Guy Buyle - Centexbel (BE)
10:30am - 11:00am
Coffee Break
11:00am - 12:30pm
Session 5: "Technical Textiles" sports (included TFE4)
Vincent Lecrosnier -Adidas (DE) - Design Director
- The near future of textile materials for sports applications
Paulo Pires -BeAPT (PT) - High Performance Sports Coach
- Missing features in textiles for extreme performance
Tânia Calçada -Sonae (PT) - Emerging Technologies Area Manager at SONAE
- Innovation to meet the needs of consumer goods and market expectations
Helder Rosendo -P&R Têxteis (PT) / Cluster Têxtil - General Manager
- Innovation opportunities matching the challenges of the sports and performance apparel market
Moderator:Carla Silva - CeNTI (PT)
12:30pm - 14:00pm
Vila Nova de Famalicão Municipality
14:00pm - 16:00pm
Session 6: Sustainability and Circular Economy
Hermann Freericks -THIES (DE) - Sales Manager
- Innovative GREEN functions to reduce the use of resources from dyeing machines
Graça Bonifácio -CITEVE (PT) - Researcher
- Cork-a-Tex - Cork based textiles
Pedro Fernandes -APCER (PT) - Commercial Manager
- Integrating sustainability and circular economy into business strategy
Pauline Ronjat -IFTH (FR) - Researcher
- TEXT-épur-OP Project: Smart technical textiles for decontamination of chemical warfare agents
Ana Silva -Tintex / Cluster Têxtil (PT) - Head of Sustainability and Innovation
-  Circular economy and sustainability: looking to the future
Moderator:Maria José Carvalho - CITEVE (PT)
16:00pm - 16:30pm
Coffee Break
16:30pm - 18:00pm
Session 7: Novel applications of Textile Based Materials
Jana Šašková -U. Liberec (CZ) - Researcher
- Preparation of textile composites with nanocellulose
Rachel Boldt -U. Minho (PT) - Researcher
- Prêt-à-Pointe: Developing the Point
Meriem Bounasser -IFTH (FR) - Researcher
- Numerical study of the mechanical behavior of braided composites and application example
David De Smet -Centexbel (BE) - Researcher
- Implementing biobased materials in textile coating and finishing
Moderator:Alcibíades Guedes - INEGI (PT)
March 2, 2018
8:30am - 09:00am
09:00am - 10:30am
Session 8: "Smart Textiles" (included TFE5)
Jong Min Kim -U. Cambridge (UK) - Professor of Electric Engineering
- 1D Neon Project - Textiles as electronic elements
Vítor Carneiro -Flexefelina (PT) - Designer
- iParasol - New generation of Parasols through the intelligent hybridization
Francisco Fernandes -Coltec (PT) - R&D Manager
- iTechcoat - New generation of multifunctional, intelligent and aesthetic textile structures
Christian Dalsgaard -Ohmatex (DK) - Chief Technical Officer
- Bringing smart textiles to space
Moderator:João Gomes - CeNTI (PT)
10:30am - 11:00am
Coffee Break
SPG Prints
11:00am - 12:30pm
Session 9: "Smart Textiles" (included TFE5)
Stefano Sinopoli -BioAge, SRL (IT) - Technical Director
- Smart Textiles for Health
Amool Raina -ITA-Aachen, (DE) - Head of Aerospace Group
- Smart textile applications for mobility
José Silva -CeNTI (PT) - Researcher
- FUN2CORK – New Functionalities for cork textiles
Henrique A. Almeida -I. P. Leiria (PT) - Researcher
- Orthosis Jewellery - both aesthetic and postural correction applications
Moderator:Helder Carvalho - U. Minho (PT)
12:30pm - 14:00pm
SPG Prints
14:00pm - 16:00pm
Session 10: Digitization and Production Robotization
Joachim Hensch -Hugo Boss Textile Industries (DE) - Managing Director
- Hugo Boss Producion Robotization
Edouard Macquin -Lectra (FR) - Chief Sales Officer
- The rise of industry 4.0 in fashion
Marc Van Parys -UNITEX (BE) - President
- Digital Technologies for The Factory of the Future
Jürgen Thoms -PLEVA (DE) - R&D Manager
- Latest solutions for textile finishing: High-tech straightening and sensors for dryers
Tatjana Spahiu -Polytechnic University of Tirana (AL) - Lecturer
- 3D virtual prototyping in fashion industry
Moderator:Pedro Rocha - Produtech (PT)
16:00pm - 16:30pm
Coffee Break
16:30pm - 18:00pm
Session 11: Digitization and Production Robotization
Jorgen Lindahl -SPGPrints (NL) - Senior Area Sales Manager Digital Textiles
- Digitalisation in Textile Printing
Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh -GERBER (DE) - Marketing and Communications Director
- On Your Way To The Smart Factory: IoT + IoS, Big Data, SaaS, Cloud-Computing, 2D-3D-4D – Hype or Reality?
Arnd Decker -SETEX (DE) - Sales Area Manager
- Optimization of processes in the textile industry
Karen Deleersnyder -Centexbel (BE) - Research Scientist
- 3D Printing on Textiles as a new tool for customized fabrics
Moderator:Pedro Torrinha - CCG / Cluster Têxtil (PT)
Closing Session
Ana Teresa Lehmann - Secretary of State for Industry of Portugal