TPS 2022 to address sustainability in textile printing – covering printing inks, coatings and allied industries

Following its new focus on textile markets, the European Printing Specialist Association (ESMA) is launching a brand new event to explain and inspire change within the industry. Textile Printing and Sustainability (TPS) conference will take place on September 8 and 9, 2022 at the Dorint Kongresshotel Düsseldorf-Neuss.

“According to the European Environment Agency, textiles have the fourth biggest climate impact in the region, after the food, housing and transport industries. The average European throws away 11 kilograms of textiles every year,” said ESMA CEO Peter Buttiens. “Different international bodies are providing support to change this. For example, the EU is introducing a digital product passport to boost the circular economy. This provides an incentive at every stage of textile production and workflow, to boost creative reuse, recycling and reuse of materials and finished products.

Textile Printing & Sustainability examines all the critical factors and global trends influencing the state of the textile market today and in the near future: bespoke fashion, responsible business, quality concerns, personalization and personalization .

The event brings together industry experts from two main printing processes – screen and inkjet – to promote best practices, discuss new application areas and explain the benefits and challenges of individual technology choices.

Early submissions include a keynote address by Karin Ekberg of Leadership & Sustainability. Ekberg has a professional background as head of environmental services for adidas Group and chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

Brother’s Heiner Rupperath will examine the environmental challenges in the operation of hardware manufacturers and Dr. Inga Barende of Covestro will present the raw materials perspective. RWTH Aachen’s Institute of Textile Technology will share the latest know-how in smart textiles.

A total of 40 presentations are scheduled across two conference tracks, accompanied by a networking section with over 40 presentations representing key players from industry and academia.

The program covers the entire supply chain and workflow, involves product manufacturers for fabric handling (pre- and post-processing), the printing process itself (inks and equipment) , as well as printers, cutters, tailors, value-added resellers and proprietary brands. From materials science to printing systems, micro-factories and finishing, TPS brings together everyone who drives change and contributes to innovation.

Building on existing resources and the know-how accumulated over thirty years of serving the industrial, functional and specialist printing community, ESMA looks forward to welcoming OEMs, printers, innovators and brands during the inaugural edition of TPS.

Together with their partner and industry veteran, Thomas Poetz, the organizers invite you to join this new platform for learning and networking about disruptive developments in printing on all types of textiles.

“As natural resources dwindle and the climate crisis deepens, the question of a more sustainable textile industry is on the minds of the world. Proposed solutions include changes in supply chains, development of new fibers and chemical processes, as well as digitalization,” Poetz said. “According to one calculation, up to 790 billion liters of water could be saved each year if all textile printing were switched from analogue to digital. Similar reductions can be achieved with innovative dyeing processes. And there are of course other potential savings in areas such as energy, transport or waste generation. With the TPS conference, we have set up a platform for industry and research centers, so that sustainable networks can develop.

Anyone interested in booking presentation and networking space at TPS 2022 should contact [email protected]


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