Westex®: A Milliken Brand Announced as Headline Sponsor for PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2023
Westex, a flame-resistant, arc-rated textile manufacturer is announced as a Headline Sponsor of the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards, hosted 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.
As a Headline Sponsor for 2023, Westex leverages its engineering and industrial expertise to develop high performance fabrics that guarantee flame resistance for the entire life of garments. Starting with Westex’s state-of-the-art facilities to manufacture high-quality fabrics constructed to industry specifications, the flame-resistance is embedded into the cotton structure to ensure maximum protection.
Westex’s legacy of protection dates back to World War II when the U.S. Military commissioned technology from the business. Now, as part of U.S.-based Milliken & Company, Westex protects against thermal hazards and electric arc flashes with a responsibly-focused approach to manufacturing.
As a global leader in innovative FR textile solutions, Westex’s commitment to durable protection through fabric options that offer comfort, reliability and—most importantly—safety to wearers resonates with priorities of the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2023, making the business a prominent Headline Sponsor in an educational networking event that is set to focus on the PPE industry, considering the changing regulatory framework towards a circular economy and the need to reinforce supply chains with security and resilience as its core.
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.
Josh Moody, Director, Product and International Sales, Westex: A Milliken Brand commented: “Westex values its steadfast partnership with PCIAW®. We are excited to be part of the upcoming PCIAW Summit, which highlights the association as a valuable resource that links its members to relevant thought leadership for the protective clothing and PPE industries.”
Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW® said: “Westex is an inspiring brand that puts the protection of people at the core of its thinking. The brand’s scientific approach to innovation is the reason that it is a global leader in the FR market and PCIAW® is proud to have Westex as a Headline Sponsor for 2023.”
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.