Who is speaking at the PCIAW® Summit?

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The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) has announced 26 international speakers for the PCIAW® Summit 2022 with more to be declared.

The PCIAW® Summit is a world-renowned professional clothing event, for uniforms, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE), and will be hosted on 18 October at the prestigious Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London.

This unique global conference will be hosted by Charles Ross, Lecturer at the Royal College of Art. The summit is dedicated to strengthening the influence of the professional clothing industry, connecting key stakeholders from across the supply chain for an educational networking event.

The PCIAW® Summit 2022 is sponsored by Meryl Fabrics®, ANIVEC, International Brands Group, Hohenstein, Milliken & Company, Klopman International and Clubclass, and gives the stage to expert speakers including the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the National Fire Chief Council (NFCC) and Textiles 2030 on interactive panel discussions.

Elena Lai, Secretary General, European Textiles Services Association; Adam Mansell, CEO, UKFT and Jonathon Jones, Advocate, Plimsoll Publishing will discuss the implications for professional clothing businesses dealing in disrupted markets caused by the lack of raw material supply; bottlenecked supply chains, the war in Ukraine and skill shortages.

The trio of speakers will provide insights into the financial impact on the industry, alongside solutions from reconfiguring supply chains for resilience and security.

Steve Ciuffini, Commercial Director for Wearwell and Samantha Fernando, Sales Director, Keela International will talk about the changing landscape for public sector tenders setting targets for awarding contracts to small-medium-enterprises (SMEs). The pair will also converse on the benefits of manufacturing partnerships to deliver requirements of scale.

Tina Butler, Commercial Director and Brett Egan-Briers, National Subject Matter Expert from Kent Fire Rescue Service will speak alongside Marion Baudet, Delivery Manager from Eurostar offering insight into challenges in the tender process for the public and private sectors – for uniforms and PPE.

Joining the buyers on stage will be Paul Elkins, Procurement Director for Tower Supplies to open the discussion between buyers and suppliers of professional clothing to find common ground solutions and best practices in the tender process for a win-win outcome.

Major General, Simon Hutchins OBE, FCILT, Director for Joint Support in the Ministry of Defence, will join Sam Staincliffe, Co-Founder of Uplift360 to present to the professional clothing industry on the trajectory of procurement for defence textiles and the innovation chemical recycling of body armour, exploring lifecycle analysis on cost and environmental impact.

Jonas Andersson, of the Workwear Fabrics Division at GORE-TEX, will take to the stage with Paul Bryce, Vice President at Ansell to look at the environmental impact of the commoditisation of PPE, whilst Roy Wilders, Manager of the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme, BSIF talks on the changes to PPE regulations which put emphasis on the employer’s duty of care to ensure a product’s compliance throughout its use instead of at the point of purchase, meaning due diligence in quality and performance is more essential than ever.

Debbie Huntley, Product Development Manager for PULSAR®, Melis Yazici, Managing Partner, DressBest Uniforms & Corporate Wear and Karen Sparrow, Red Sparrow Consulting will explore the intricacies of designing for the future workforces, considering gender fluidity, sexuality and ethnicity. The duo will discuss the employee-led demand for valued company culture, causing greater effort to inspire uniforms and PPE with a flair for fashion.

Peter Clodd-Broom, Director and Co-Founder of Meryl Fabrics® will present a pioneering solution to solve the sustainability problem of professional clothing and the wider textiles industry, eradicating the problem of microplastic shedding, whilst simultaneously removing the use of chemicals and solvents from the dyeing process.

Dr Helmut Krause, Technical Director of Softline & Shoes, Hohenstein will join present the chemical impact on the environment through textiles production, highlighting the cheap harmful chemicals in use, whilst highlighting better quality chemicals that can reduce overall consumption.

Toby Moss, Director of Business Development for Worn Again Technologies will join Dr Krause on stage to explore the chemicals recycling process, as the upcoming plant in Switzerland demonstrates the technology set to revolutionise the sustainable capabilities of the professional clothing industry.

Rosella De Angelis, Group Communications Director for Klopman International will join Dr Annette van Es and Rick van Es from Fibre2Fashion consulting to talk about how planning for end-of-life is key, no matter how durable the product is. Talking with Peter Clodd-Broom, Director & Co-Founder of Meryl Fabrics and Paul Farrell, Sales Director at Carrington Textiles about design are crucial but so is logistics as collecting textiles for feedstock is the only way to make progress.

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The PCIAW® Summit is the most comprehensive educational event for the global professional clothing industry. In a fast-moving world with supply chains disrupted and rapid increases in consumer awareness, the PCIAW® Summit will be the one-stop-shop for leaders to stay ahead with expert advice on logistics, tendering, sustainability and future design.