ITA at the ITMF Conference 2019 in Porto

Professor Dr Thomas Gries at the ITMF Conference 2019 in Porto Copyright: ITMF

Professor Dr Thomas Gries at the ITMF Conference 2019 in Porto


ITMF Conference 2019 in Porto - ITA led an interactive workshop on the future of global textile production

From the 20th to 22nd of October the ITMF Conference 2019 took place. ITA was represented by Professor Dr Thomas Gries and Daniel Buecher.

The important annual meeting of international textile producers took place on the west coast of Europe, in beautiful Porto this year and had the motto: "Digitalization & Sustainability". In keeping with this motto, the focus of the discussions and lectures was on how the established producers dealt with the changing requirements in the areas of sustainability and digital solutions. Keynotes were given this year by former Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Portas and the current Minister of Economy Pedro Siza Viera. Representatives of important industrial companies included Groz-Beckert, Lenzing AG, Oerlikon Group, Rieter, Samil Spinning Co., Saurer AG, Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG and many others.

A highlight of the event took place in the afternoon of the second conference day. The interactive Worldcafe was appropriately introduced by Professor Braz Costa (CITEVE) with the name Cafe&Nata. In the 60-minute session, the ITMF participants answered an online survey on the most important future and technology topics of the textile industry. Afterwards the participants discussed their answers controversially. Professor Thomas Gries then analysed the results of the discussions and created an overall view of the mood in the industry. The ITA thanks the ITMF and CITEVE team for the fruitful cooperation.

Further information on the ITMF:

The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) is an international forum for the textile industry. Each year, ITMF members publish important studies and publications on developments in the industry and organise annual conferences on future trends and international developments of textile producers.



Daniel Bücher