The New Trajectory of Professional Clothing

PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2023 – the New Trajectory of Professional Clothing

The PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards is the global networking and education event for the professional clothing and textile industries – this year titled, ‘The New Trajectory of Professional Clothing’. Thank you to the Premier Sponsor for 2023, Carrington Textiles.

On 7-9 November 2023, it will be the first time the event is being hosted in Portugal and will be located 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 dedicated to the international supply chain for the uniform, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) markets.

Carrington Textiles, ANIVEC, Milliken & Company, Westex: A Milliken Brand, Bodi.Me, PULSAR®, Gresham Blake and Stuncroft are the proud sponsors for the 2023 PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards.

PCIAW® Factory Tours and the Educational Summit 2023

The three-day event will begin with factory tours, organised by ANIVEC, which will give delegates the opportunity to learn how textiles are processed, and give companies the opportunity to source new garment manufacturers for the professional clothing industry.

The PCIAW® Summit, Chaired by Elena Lai, ETSA, will bring together 35 expert speakers from around the world to discuss the changing landscape of the professional clothing industry.

Sustainability regulations and market conditions will require a change in how businesses operate in the supply chain, and innovation trends will be explored in panel discussions to find best practice solutions to educate the wider professional clothing and textile industry.

As keynote speakers, Frost & Sullivan will be presenting on market growth opportunities and sustainability trends in the PPE industry. Hohenstein will be speaking on responsible chemistries and organic colour dyes for solutions better for the environment.

EURATEX will be delving into the EU policy thinking around the sustainable and circular textiles strategy, which will be followed by two industry panel discussions that will talk about the practicalities of compliance, considering both the challenges and opportunities.

Klopman International, Westex: A Milliken Brand, GINETEX, Recutex and bluesign® will discuss the mandate to include a percentage of recycled material in products, alongside the ecodesign requirements for reusability, repairability and recyclability.

Incorporatewear, Bendi, Carrington Textiles, Fibre2Fashion Consulting and The Microfibre Consortium will be evaluating the other aspects of the upcoming EU regulations including the digital product passport, the green claims initiative and the strategies to reduce microfibre pollution.

ETSA and UKFT will be speaking on the initiatives working to future-proof the skill sets and talent pools of the textile and textile services industries, whilst a panel featuring Bodi.Me, OPTITEX and RDD Textiles discuss how the digitalisation of the professional clothing industry can boost efficiency and productivity.

Air Canada, Gresham Blake Bespoke Uniforms and The Menopause at Work will explore the impact of supply chain disruption on uniform programs and signal the impact that ESG requirements will have on procurement teams seeking out sustainable options with requirements for diversity and inclusivity.

Cooneen, Leidos Europe, Phantomleaf, and Bendi will come together to highlight how evolving threats and changing environments are accelerating the need for tactical innovations and supply chain visibility to ensure operational effectiveness.

Stedfast, Decontex and the International Association of Fire and Rescue Servics will study the World Health Organisation’s causal link between firefighting as an occupation and cancer, looking at new solutions to mitigate the increased risks they face every day.

The TRSA and Meryl Fabrics® will look at prolonging the lifecycle of healthcare textiles, considering disposable and reusable medical PPE to better understand the implications for ensuring supply in future pandemics but also the environmental impact of the product types.

PCIAW® Exhibition

On the afternoons of the 8-9th November, the PCIAW® Exhibition will showcase textile innovations, high-quality workwear manufacturers, digital technologies and more.

ANIVEC, Coleo, Hohenstein, Kariwala, Madeira, Lianfa Hengyu Cambodia Garments, OPTITEX, Phantomleaf, SkyPro, Stedfast are all exhibiting, alongside the Tunisian delegation of professional clothing manufacturers, which includes Butterfly Design, Cavalier International, Dorratex, Eclaire, Prym Fashion Tunisia and Tendence Fashion Textile.

PCIAW® Awards

Celebrating the dedication, progress and innovation of the professional clothing industry, the PCIAW® Awards recognises the ingenuity of businesses from across the supply chain.

The PCIAW® Awards has 6 categories to apply for awards, including The Professional Clothing Design Awards; PPE Innovation Awards, Manufacturer Awards; Suppliers & Distributors Awards; Industry Recognition Awards and the Sustainability Awards.

The Complete Line-up for the PCIAW® Summit 2023

  • John Miln, Chairman, PCIAW®
  • Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW®
  • César Araújo, President, ANIVEC
  • Neil Davey, Managing Director, Carrington Textiles.
  • Elena Lai, Secretary-General, European Textile Services Association (ETSA)
  • Sanjiv Bhaskar, Vice President of Research, Frost & Sullivan
  • Dr Krause, Technical Director, Softline & Shoes, Hohenstein
  • Dirk Vantyghem, Director-General, European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
  • Rossella De Angelis, Group Communication / CSR & Circular Economy Director, Klopman International
  • Josh Moody, Director of Product Management from Westex: A Milliken Brand
  • Pascale Florant, the Secretary-General, CORFEET-GINETEX
  • Dr João Valério, CEO, RECUTEX
  • Marco Volpi, Customer Relationship Manager, bluesign®
  • Ed Grigg, Managing Director, Incorporatewear
  • Mandeep Soor, CEO, Bendi
  • Louise Bercart, Business Strategy Analyst, Carrington Textiles
  • Dr Annette van Es, Co-Owner, Fibre2Fashion Consulting KIG
  • Dr Kelly Sheridan, Research Director, The Microfibre Consortium
  • John West, Director of Skills and Training, UKFT
  • Paul Farrell, Sales & Marketing Director, Carrington Textiles
  • Ana Taveres, CEO, RDD Textiles
  • Lara Mazzoni, CEO & Co-Founder, Bodi.Me
  • Richard Jessup, Vice-President, OPTITEX
  • Nisha Muire, Uniform Program Manager, Air Canada,
  • Marion Baudet, Customer Service Delivery Manager, Eurostar
  • Sarah Wilsher, Founder, The Menopause At Work
  • Gresham Blake, Owner, Gresham Blake
  • Benjamin Norsworthy, Co-Founder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Bendi
  • Jonathan McKendry, Business Development Director, Cooneen Group
  • Sam Staincliffe, Co-Founder & CTO, Uplift360
  • Lucy Westgarth, ESG Lead, Leidos Europe
  • Rick Van Es, Partner, COO, Business Development, Phantomleaf
  • Abby Hannah, International Business and Strategy Development Manager for Stedfast
  • Tommy Verminck, CEO, Decontex
  • Tommy Bækgaard Kjær, Chair of Firefighters Health Commission, International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF)
  • Peter Broom, Director & Co-Founder, Meryl Fabrics
  • Joseph Ricci, President & CEO, Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA)

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 1:30pm. 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.

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