The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is supporting DTB and Messe Frankfurt in setting up the programme of the Texprocess Forum at the Texprocess Fair 2015 in Frankfurt. IAF is organizing, as part of the Texprocess Forum program, a panel discussion titled ‘Making technology work in fashion’ taking place in Hall 5.0 C06 at May 5th, starting at 10:00 am. The panelists of this session will be: Murat Aydin, Board member IAF and TGSD, Owner Modega (Turkey); Guido Brackelsberg, founder of Setlog Group (Germany); Günter Veit, President Veit Group (Germany); Mike Fralix, President and CEO [TC] ² (US); Philippe Ribera, Group Software Marketing Director Lectra (France); Simon Fernandes, Regional Director UK, Southern Europe, South Asia of Alvanon and Nicholas Smith, General Manager Textile Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties Bayer Material Science. The discussion will be introduced by Rahul Mehta, President IAF, President CMAI (India) and it will be moderated by Matthijs Crietee, Secretary General of the IAF.
The Texprocess Fair provides the apparel industry with a great overview of what improvements to our industry technology makes possible. Several speeches in the Forum will expand upon this. But this panel discussion will focus on the actual implementation of technology by the industry. Only when companies are really able to use the technology will they earn back their investment. Representatives from industry associations, technology and solution providers and manufacturers will share their real experiences. This panel will give a unique insight into the actual barriers the industry faces to implementing technology available as well as solutions on how these barriers can be overcome.
For IAF it is important to provide a platform for industry wide discussions on a global level about themes that are crucial to the continuous improvement of the industry. IAF’s global membership, combining the interests of buying brand and retailers and manufactures and all combinations of these, make it an ideal platform to discuss issues where solutions are rooted in supply chain cooperation. This panel will therefore tackle such important questions as: ‘How to deal with financing of investments and returns on investment that are spread across the supply chain?’ and ‘How to motivate people within companies to make the change’ and ‘What are new business models for the future that help industry profit from the new opportunities offered by technology?’