With two months to go, the agenda for the first Textile Printing and Sustainability (TPS) conference has been unveiled.

A total of 24 presentations held by industry experts will focus on technology choices, automation practices and environmentally conscious business models.

The event will take place on 8 and 9 September 2022 at Dorint Kongresshotel Düsseldorf-Neuss, Germany, and welcomes audiences from all textile industries.

Organiser Peter Buttiens said, ‘Textile industry is more than ever under pressure from sustainability requirements. The EU’s Green Deal targets textiles as one of the world’s most polluting sectors. On a global scale, we look at UN Sustainable Development Goals and initiatives such as UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. Their timeline set for 2030 and 2050 may seem far in future but the time to act and exchange know-how is now. With the new TPS conference we want to contribute to the solution from the printing perspective.’

TPS will look at all the critical factors and global trends facing the textile market today as well as customer-made fashion, responsible businesses, quality concerns, customisation and personalisation.

Each conference day opens with a keynote address. Karin Ekberg, former chair of the sustainable apparel coalition, presents five principles of sustainability leadership. Bianca Seidel, a pioneer of sustainable fashion design, makes a plea for the transformation and for hope in the world of tomorrow. Other keynotes include Debbie McKeegan who will look  at opportunities and risks of on-demand business models, and Alexandra De Raeve who explores the digitisation of textile design and production.

Hardware brands Brother and Epson will explain their approaches to environmentally friendly manufacturing, resource management and recent reshoring trends. Representatives of ink and chemistry companies will offer a comprehensive overview of the latest materials, pigment ink innovations, including a novel white pigment concentrate, and their implications for specific printing techniques.

The event will also feature several networking moments. The company list currently includes Brother, BYK, CHT Germany, Covestro, DITF, Druckprozess, Epson, Evonik, Farbenpunkt, Fujifilm Ink Solutions, Global Inkjet Systems, Kronos, Marabu, Meteor Inkjet, Münzing, Nextil, Nur Ink, Seiko Instruments, STFI, Vividye and Trijet.