Be Heard and Join the PCIAW® Round Tables

The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) has established a series of roundtables for 2024, inviting members to contribute to fact-finding projects on topics such as tender writing, best design practices, and technological innovations in professional clothing.

The PCIAW® is inviting businesses that are buying and supplying in the uniform, workwear and PPE supply chains to join and participate in a series of round table projects.

The goal of the PCIAW® Round Tables is to create a collective voice that gives representation to the professional clothing industry on specific market trends and challenges.

Each project will consist of a series of fact-finding meeting with participants, culminating in reports that will be distributed through PCIAW® media channels and presented to partner associations and government representatives, featuring the contributing companies’ logos.

Professional clothing often gets under-considered in the wider textile industry and PCIAW® wants to ensure your voice is heard.

Each PCIAW® Round Table has up to 15 spaces, which will include buyers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and technology providers.  

Defence Clothing for Modern Threats Roundtable

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Rapidly evolving technologies in military applications are making current defence clothing solutions become outdated, with a greater need than ever for PPE innovation.

It is the view of PCIAW® that military procurement must not underestimate the role of defence clothing in shielding against thermal imaging and infrared-detection technologies that are identifying soldiers on the ground.

Designing Inclusive Professional Clothing Roundtable

People are the backbone of every business. Designing professional clothing to cater for specific needs can help to boost productivity and employee retention.

Employees in all walks of life go to work every day and may be silently suffering from various conditions or impairments, or due to natural biological processes such as the menopause. The quality of life of these employees can improved by a thought-out uniform design.

Essential Footwear Innovation Roundtable

The importance of wearing high quality footwear should not be underestimated whilst at work, as supportive shoes help maintain health and posture.

Employees working in hotels or on construction sites spend the majority of the day on their feet and bad quality shoes can increase the risks of accidents – and can become more expensive if they need to be replaced more often.

Improving Firefighter Safety Roundtable

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that firefighting as an occupation is carcinogenic. Protective clothing is the immediate line of defence.

Fire Chiefs must balance and prioritise the various requirements of protective clothing, from thermal and particulate protection to light weight mobility, whilst considering new elements from garment interface, female-fit PPE and chemistry applications.

Improving Tenders for Professional Clothing Roundtable

Professional clothing functions to help keep people safe and comfortable at work; it can be challenging for procurement teams without specialised textile knowledge to keep up with textile innovation.

It is the view of PCIAW® that buyers motivated to operate responsibly due to ESG reporting will need to adapt their tenders to achieve a desirable and balanced outcome for sustainable alternatives that also meet their required technical specifications.

Promoting Careers and Skills in Professional Clothing

Professional clothing must future-proof as a sector and promote the uniform, workwear and PPE markets as an attractive career path for the next generation of talent.

It is the view of PCIAW® that the professional clothing industry must increase its awareness by collaborating with education providers to showcase the opportunities available and the urgent need companies must recruit more people.

Reusable vs Disposable Medical PPE

The pandemic highlighted the problems in relying on single-use medical PPE. It is riskier in terms of security of supply, whilst adding significantly to textile pollution.

Procurement teams for healthcare organisations must consider its responsibility to ensure resilient PPE sourcing operations and the impact on net-zero strategies. Shifting mindsets to consider total contract costs over unit costs will expand what’s possible.

Sustainable Textile Regulations

Sustainable and circular textile regulations are going to mandate changes in the way textiles – including uniforms, workwear and PPE – are designed, made and recycled.

It is the view of PCIAW® that policy recommendations are being decided with a consideration of the fashion industry, and that the upcoming regulations are overlooking the impact that they will have on professional clothing.

UK Manufacturers Roundtable

The UK Manufacturers Round Table will represent the challenges and opportunities for companies manufacturing products in the textile and apparel supply chains.

Organised by established manufacturers of fabrics and professional clothing, the working group is designed to understand the UK’s manufacturing capacity to be able to represent its potential to collaboratively deliver on domestic public and private sector contracts and promote the benefits of onshore sourcing.

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