Milliken & Company Announced as Headline Sponsor for PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2023
Milliken & Company, a global diversified manufacturer, is returning as a Headline Sponsor of the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards for the fourth year running. The event is being hosted on 7-9 November 2023 at the award-winning venue – Alfandega Congress Centre, Porto, Portugal – on the bank of the iconic Douro River.
The annual PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards is organised by the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) and is an educational, networking event dedicated to the international supply chain for the uniform, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) markets.
The Textile Business at Milliken specialises in the development of protective, comfortable and stylish textiles that protect millions of government and defence personnel, firefighters and first responders, oil and gas workers, healthcare professionals and hospitality staff around the globe. In addition to apparel textile, the Business manufacturers a broad range of residential and commercial decor, automotive, building, industrial and technical textiles.
The US-based manufacturer invests heavily in decarbonising energy solutions to power its fibre spinning, fabric weaving and its dyeing and finishing operations, which is produced onshore in a localised radius within the Southeast United States to give control and traceability to its short-distance supply chain. Additionally, Milliken became the first U.S.-based, multi-market textile manufacturer to remove PFAS from its fibres and finishes portfolio on January 1, 2023.
Milliken’s commitment to science-based targets on its net zero strategy and its broad product offering in the professional clothing industry makes the business a well-suited Headline Sponsor for the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2023, which will focus on the regulatory challenges around circular textiles, alongside key discussions in the military, healthcare and uniform sectors.
The annual PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards event gathers global executives from the professional clothing supply chain for unique networking opportunities, advocating for partnerships and collaboration. 2023 is the first year the PCIAW® is set to host the event in Portugal, bringing together nearshore manufacturing partners including Tunisia to support the textile industry’s efforts to grow and diversify sourcing operations.
Michael Langley, VP Sales and Marketing, Westex: A Milliken Brand commented: “There’s a reason why Milliken continues to participate in the PCIAW awards program year after year. The calibre of professionalism and commitment to propelling our industry forward is unmatched. We’re proud to serve as the Headline Sponsor and can’t wait to gather with leaders in the industry to talk about the next generation of textile sustainability and innovation.”
Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW® said: “I have seen for myself the impressive scale of Milliken’s operations and the vast portfolio of innovations. I am in awe of Milliken’s environment-focused investments to create operations which responsibly manages resources to protect the planet and am inspired by its commitment to US manufacturing. The PCIAW® is honoured to have Milliken & Company return as a Headline Sponsor for the fourth year running.”
The PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards event takes place over three days from 7 – 9 November 2023.
- 7 November – Textile and apparel factory tours for delegates arranged by ANIVEC the Portuguese association for clothing and apparel, who is a long-term partner of PCIAW®.
- 8 November – PCIAW® Summit Part 1 begins at 9:00am until 1:30pm followed by a networking lunch. The PCIAW® Exhibition begins at 1:30pm until 5pm.
- 9 November – PCIAW® Summit Part 2 begins at 9:00am until 1:00pm. The PCIAW® Exhibition begins at 1:00pm until 4pm.
- 9 November – PCIAW® Awards begins with a champagne reception at 6:00pm followed by a three-course gala dinner. The PCIAW® Awards ceremony begins at 7:30pm until 10:00pm, complete with an evening of networking and entertainment.