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Inherent Flame Protection: Webinar

An exclusive, free webinar from PCIAW®, CORDURA® brand and Daletec. A new standard is set for durable inherent flame protection (IFR) fabrics. CORDURA® brand and FR specialists Daletec discuss their collaboration to deliver EXTREME X – Inherent Flame Protection combined with excellent comfort and long-lasting performance.

This exclusive webinar has been designed to educate buyers, suppliers and manufacturers in the professional clothing industry about the latest pioneering development in thermal hazard worker protection from FR fabric specialist Daletec, which is set to shake up the EU industrial PPE clothing market.

Targeted for EU workers in electrical power generation and utilities where multi-risk performance and maximum protection from hazards is important, Daletec EXTREME X is available in hi-visibility yellow as well as navy and black – with fabrics meeting EN 20471 contrast. The 30% stretch functionality, dimensional stability at ISO 15797 and 50N tear strength all add up to Daletec EXTREME X setting the new standard for IFR fabric performance.

Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future: Webinar

The PCIAW® hosted a free, exclusive webinar to officially launch its long-awaited ‘Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future’ Report on Tuesday 15th June 2021. Watch by clicking the button below.

The Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future report has been designed to educate the industry on how to recycle end-of-life garments, design-in circularity and close the loop to accelerate the shift towards a circular economy for the textile industry.

As a Founding Signatory of Textiles 2030 and partner of Business in the Community (BITC), PCIAW® has solidified its position as a leading voice for circular textiles, writing an exclusive, first of its kind report which surveys the current state of recycling facilities and explores opportunities for future technological innovation.

Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future: Report


Tuesday 15th June 2021, 14.00 – 15.30 BST.

Our panel of renowned experts will discuss the imperative of closing the loop in textiles, providing unique insights to make the case for a truly circular future.

This consortium of guest speakers includes key contributors who will explore the in-depth impact of PCIAW®’s report on the overarching professional clothing industry.

Running Order

2:00pm: Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW®

2:03pm: Declan Osborn, Editor, PCIAW®

2:10pm: Catherine Salvidge Sustainable Textiles Sector Specialist, WRAP

2:20pm: Peter Ramsey Campaign Manager for the Circular Economy, Business in the Community (BITC)

2:30pm: Tim Cross Director, Project Plan B

2:40pm: Stanley Russell Founder, APT Fabrics

2:50pm: Jamie Hart Regional Business Consultant, Avena Environmental

3:00=3:30pm: Question & Answer


Yvette 2018Yvette will open this highly anticipated webinar and introduce our panel of guest speakers, representing the industry’s leading companies.
Declan OsbornDeclan will present the PCIAW® Circular Textiles report as a guiding principle for the textile industry as well as colleges and universities across the world. The report will explore the entire lifecycle of a garment and educate readers on how to dispose of textiles in order to understand how to design-in circularity throughout the entire supply chain.
Catherine SalvidgeCatherine Salvidge is Sustainable Textiles Sector Specialist at WRAP, which recently launched Textiles 2030, the world-leading voluntary initiative for the UK fashion, professional clothing and textile industry. Catherine will share knowledge on how Textiles 2030 is supporting the professional clothing industry, whilst highlighting the strategic importance of the PCIAW® and Textiles 2030 partnership and what it means for the future of textiles circularity. Catherine will also explain the critical significance of cross-sectoral collaboration on carbon, water, and circular textiles targets.
Peter Ramsey The Business in the Community aims to accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular economy by integrating circularity in public and private procurement. Peter will discuss BITC’s sustainable procurement principles from the recently published BITC report: Improving the Sustainability of Professional Clothing. In addition, Peter will share the importance of the PCIAW® Circular Textiles report in educating manufacturers and suppliers on how to produce recyclable uniforms, as requested by procurers.
Tim CrossPlan B is the UK’s leading workwear clothing manufacturer. With 25 years of experience in garment manufacturing, Tim has a wealth of business, strategy and industry expertise. Tim will be discussing the state of current recycling infrastructure in the UK, including the different types of mechanical and chemical recycling technologies. He will elaborate on Project Plan B’s infrastructure development and plans to expand capacity. Tim will highlight the importance of designing-in circularity for an effective, all-encompassing recycling system.
Stanley RussellA fellow of the Textile Institute, with a longstanding career in efficient and dynamic commercial infrastructures, geared to maximise value. Stanley will present the challenges of manufacturing recyclable PPE and share information on APT Fabric’s design process for its recyclable hi-vis range. In addition, Stanley will explain the importance of enforcing end-of-life procedures through the tender process and highlight opportunities for collection of end-of-life textiles within the professional clothing industry.

Jamie HartAvena Environmental is the UK’s leading confidential waste disposal service. With 10 years experience in the automotive industry, Jamie is a natural leader with a reputation for breaking records.

Jamie will outline how Avena accommodates the security concerns of the professional clothing industry, discussing the company’s secure collection and shredding operations across the UK. He will highlight Avena’s three-tier recycle and reuse system and discuss its experience in working with the emergency services sectors as well as several well-known brands.

Free Webinar Tunisia

Tunisia – the UK’s nearshore partner for professional clothing manufacturing
An exclusive, free webinar by PCIAW® and OCO Global

World-renowned trade and investment firm, OCO Global partnered with the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) to host a unique webinar to promote the Buy Tunisian Textiles project funded by the British government through North Africa Technical Assistance Facility (NATAF) implemented by Tetra Tech International Development.

The webinar took place on Wednesday 27th January 2021 (GMT). PCIAW® invited speakers from the Tunisian government, OCO Global, Cepex Tunisia, Gerber Technology and Hunter Apparel.

PCIAW®’s Webinar Week in November 2020 discussed the lack of resilience and diversification in supply chains, heightened by the pandemic and the need to nearshore manufacturing closer to home. With 20 years of experience, OCO Global is trusted by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote Tunisia as a viable base for manufacturing high-quality workwear at reasonable prices.


27th January 2021 at 10:00 am London Time.

This exclusive webinar was designed to educate buyers, suppliers and manufacturers in the professional clothing industry about new opportunities made available by PCIAW® and OCO Global, to work with the Buy Tunisian Textiles project. The aim was to help workwear, corporatewear and PPE suppliers find reliable nearshore partners in Tunisia, to manufacture at competitive price points, closer to home. We would like to thank our Trusted Members Gerber Technology and Hunter Apparel Solutions for their insights into this opportunity.

OCO Global is working with the British Embassy in Tunis to strengthen ties between UK professional clothing suppliers and Tunisian textile manufacturers for mutually beneficial business partnerships. This webinar informed our audience about the support network on offer, facilitated by the North Africa Technical Assistance Facility (NATAF), funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and managed by Tetra Tech International Development.

Running Order

10:00am: Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW®

10:05am: Declan Osborn, Editor, PCIAW®

10:10am: Simon Hunter M.B.E, CEO, Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd.

10:17am: Adam Mansell, CEO, UKFT

10:24am: Colin McCullagh, Director for UK & Ireland, OCO Global

10:31am: Nabil Ben Khedher, Tunisian Ambassador to Great Britain 

10:34am: Edward Oakden, British Ambassador to Tunisia

10:37am: Hosni Boufaden, President, Nafaa Ennaifer, Vice President, and Mehdi Miled, Member of the Management Board, Tunisian Textile Federation

10:52am: Abdelbasset Ghanmi, General Director of Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA) 

10:57am: Chiheb Ben Ahmed, CEO, CEPEX (Tunisian Export Promotion Agency)

11:04am: Tarek Ben haj Ali, CEO and Maher El Kissi, Commercial Director, Workman Group

11:10am: Richard Jessup, Sales Director – EMEA, Direct Markets, and Francisco Aguiar, Sales Director for Indirect Markets, Gerber Technology

11:15am: Colin McCullagh, Director for UK & Ireland, OCO Global

11:18pm: Q&A

12:00pm: Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW® 


Yvette 2018Yvette Ashby, CEO and Founder of PCIAW® has worked within the textile industry for over 25 years, advocating innovation and collaboration, since the inception of the director-e magazine.

Yvette steers the direction of the professional clothing industry by engaging with businesses and bringing issues such as sustainability, size and fit, plus manufacturing closer to home to the forefront of the agenda. By creating the network of PCIAW®, Yvette is able to work with governments, utilising our association as a platform to represent the professional clothing industry, giving businesses a voice that can affect policy direction for the benefit of all.

Declan OsbornDeclan Osborn is the Editor at PCIAW®, responsible for the editorial team and the delivery of engaging content for the benefit of the professional clothing industry.

Declan engages with business across the entire supply chain and champions their achievements in PCIAW®VOICE magazine. He is currently spearheading the new PCIAW®ONLINE project, which will provide a comprehensive overview of the professional clothing industry and delve into the most innovative products, fabrics and fibres that the industry has on offer.

Declan has a journalism degree from the University of Lincoln and has extensive experience in marketing, copywriting and business development.

Simon Hunter Simon Hunter Esq, M.B.E. is the CEO of Hunter Apparel Solutions Limited (Hunter). Simon has been a Director of Hunter since 2011. He is an Accountancy with Honours Graduate of the University of Ulster, a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He has almost 20 years of experience as a Director and enjoys the challenge of hard work.

Simon is also one of the founding Board Directors of the PCIAW®, and the association and its team are hugely proud of this remarkable achievement.

Adam joined the industry 25 years ago. He has worked across a wide number of trade bodies. Having represented all aspects of the fashion and textile supply chain, Adam has links to every part of the industry from design, fabric and component suppliers, wholesalers, brands, manufacturers and retail.

Adam leads the team at UKFT and has overseen the expansion of UKFT’s activity and membership. The organisation represents over 2,000 businesses, helps over 1,000 companies with their export strategy and is the government appointed Sector Skills Body for the industry. Adam has also led on the development of the manufacturing membership of the organisation. As well as running the organisation Adam focuses particularly on government relations, regularly briefing Minsters, MPs and civil servants.

Colin McCullaghColin McCullagh is Director for UK & Ireland for OCO Global and leads the Trade Services division. Colin has a career spanning over 20 years in international trade working for corporations including IBM and LogicaCMG as well as for Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government’s export promotion agency.

He has supported companies to enter multiple international markets, working with both developed and developing economies.  He was the Director for Enterprise Ireland based in Sao Paulo and served as de facto Ambassador of Ireland to Brazil.  Colin leads some of OCO’s major trade contracts including the Tunisia Export SMEs programme; DIT Enhanced International Support Services into North America; and Atlantic Chamber’s European Market Development Programme.

Colin has a marketing degree from the University of Stirling, studied leadership at INSEAD and recently completed the Advanced Management Programme at IMD.  His strengths are in strategic selling, international expansion, client management and project leadership.

Nabil Ben KhedherTunisian Ambassador to Great Britainn Content

British Ambassador to Tunisia 

President of the Tunisian Textile Federation

Born on 15/12/1961 in Tunis.

Married. Three children.

Principal Engineer in Civil Engineering graduated in 1985 from the National Engineering School of Tunis.

Member of the elected Students Committee of the Engineering School for 2 years and member of several university and civil sports associations (particularly in Rugby).

From July 1985 to May 1990: Senior Manager in the Studies and Monitoring Department at the Economic Development Bank of Tunisia “BDET” (1st Investment Bank of the country), in charge of studies and restructuring of large industrial projects.

From June 1990 to date: Managing Director of the Chékib NOUIRA Group (TFCE Group) with a contribution to the creation, development and management of various industrial and distribution activities (about ten exporting companies specialising in women’s clothing – 850 employees).

In addition:

Member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Institute of Entrepreneurs ” IACE ” (3rd mandate) and President of the Business Intelligence and Watch Centre.

Vice President of the “Tunisian Textile and Clothing Federation” (FTTH), after having held the positions of:

  • 1st Vice President of the National Textile Federation ” FENATEX ” (UTICA)
  • President of the National Trade Union Chamber of the Ready-to-Wear (FENATEX / UTICA)
  • Chairman of the Economic Affairs Commission and Member of the Social Affairs Commission of UTICA

Miled Medhi Birthday  :  03/081975

HEC diploma  in   Finance 1998

Green Belt in  Lean Manufacturing

Sales Manager   in  VTL group  from  1998 till  2008

General Manager in VTL group from 2009 till today

Member of  executive  board of FTTH

Member of the board of CETTEX

Head of knitwear manufacturer chamber in UTICA

Mr. GHANMl is the General Manager of the Invest in Tunisia Agency. He has more than 20 years’ experience promoting Tunisia as an attractive destination for foreign investment. He served as the Representative of FIPA Tunisia at the London and Brussels Offices for many years.

Prior to joining FIPA-TUNISIA in 1995, M. GHANMI represented the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (API I). Over the years, he has contributed to the establishment of several international companies in Tunisia in various sectors.

Chiheb Ben Ahmed is currently the CEO of the Export Promotion Center (Cepex), since October 2020.

He was the CEO of the Tunisian National Railway Company (SNCFT)

He was Minister of Transport

He had held several positions within the Tunisair group. In 2011, he became general representative of Tunisair in Egypt, He held the position of Deputy Managing Director of Tunisair, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tunisair Handling and Managing Director of Aisa-Tunisair.

He also held the position of Managing Director and Chairman of Tunisair Technics.

Founder and General Manager WORKMAN Group Phd Management & Strategy Consultant in organisation and strategy for many industrial companies Member of the Executif board of FTTH (Tunisian Federation of Textile) Regional President of FTTH.

Export Sales Manager WORKMAN Group

Master of Science in Management

10 years experience in Sales and Marketing

Richard JessupRichard Jessup is the Sales Director for the EMEA Region at Gerber Technology. He is responsible for managing the Gerber direct sales team, each of whom are challenged to empower our customers through the use of technology, helping them to be more efficient, productive and generate more revenue.

Richard has over 20 years experience of both enterprise level software and technology based capital goods. Over the last 5 years he has developed knowledge and a passion for the fashion and apparel industry, understanding the challenges faced and driving change to overcome these.
Francisco AguiarDirector Sales in the EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) region, responsible for indirect markets Francisco Aguiar manages projects in a huge variety of markets with quite different demands. Vast knowledge and experience on software and hardware applications in the garment industry – may it be men’s or ladies wear, lingerie, jeans, protective apparel or uniforms – as well as in other industrial segments manufacturing all kind of end-uses from flexible materials including leather, make him a recognized expert for technological update and optimization.

He joined Gerber Technology back in 1995 and getting asked about his success formula, he stresses: “Stay close to the user – always and any time. Well listen to your customer.”

The PCIAW® is pleased to share the resounding success of its very first Webinar Week in November 2020!

The PCIAW® extends its gratitude towards its esteemed speakers and guests who helped to create unique, enlightening webinars. The PCIAW® was proud to host a diverse range of manufacturers, buyers, suppliers and fabric producers. Webinar Week saw the industry’s foremost companies unite to highlight valuable insights into the future of sustainability, PPE, and manufacturing practices.

Webinar week

The four-part series of webinars covered: 

Each webinar took place on four consecutive days to include as much information as possible. 

Sustainability Webinar

Sustainability: Are you ready to change?
Tuesday 24th November, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with INVISTA CORDURA® Brand

The PCIAW® have gathered in this international webinar some of the leading companies that are already making the required changes.

Studies have shown that the textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world, after aviation.

Sustainability should not be a buzz word or a marketing tool, it should be the centre of all our thought processes, strategies and planning tools. It is fundamental that we look to the past to see what we have done to our planet, to truly comprehend the changes we must make, for the industry to progress forward with a sustainable future.

Cindy McNaull, INVISTA CORDURA® Brand
Tim Cross, Project Plan B
Cyndi Rhoades, Worn Again Technologies
Sean Moore, Carrington Textiles
Alexandra Steger, Lenzing
Catherine Salvidge, WRAP
PPE - Crisis or Opportunity

PPE: Crisis or Opportunity?
Wednesday 25th November, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with Gerber

The shortage of PPE due to COVID-19 has exposed the flaws of the PPE industry due to its dependence on outsourced supply chains, whilst healthcare and emergency services battled the heart-breaking consequences. How will this pandemic change the PPE industry’s approach to different end-users? How will PPE companies seize this tremendous growth opportunity?

We have seen during this pandemic private equity companies being favoured over established manufacturers and suppliers. As an industry, how can we do better?

Richard Jessup, Gerber Technology
Adam Mansell, UKFT
Paul Bryce, Ansell (UK) Ltd.
Samantha Fernando, Keela International
Alan Murray, British Safety Industry Federation
Roy Wilders, British Safety Industry Federation

UKCA Marking of PPE

UKCA Marking of PPE
Thursday 26th November, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with SATRA

The pandemic has changed the world as we know it and Brexit will be changing Britain as we know it. From the 1st of January 2021, the UK is expected to adopt its own PPE legislation, including the use of a new UKCA mark for the first time in decades.

Our team of panellists are here to explain what this means to the industry and discuss how it can affect UK businesses and their international trading partners. This webinar should equip listeners with the knowledge to prepare for the upcoming changes.

Simon Courtney, SATRA
Adam Mansell, UKFT

Manufacturing & Sourcing

Manufacturing and Sourcing
Friday 27th November, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with Gerber

In a global world, where businesses need compete on an international scale, do manufacturers and suppliers have the resilience to cope in a disrupted market. In the pandemic, we saw borders close, prices increase and goods simply not being delivered.

Now what contingencies are being put in place to change the processes in the future?

Richard Jessup, Gerber Technology
Rob Sayles, Seahawk Apparel
Steve Zalkin, NAUMD

Jonathan Edberg, Cobmex Apparel UK Ltd.

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