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Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics-Spring Edition 2015 was held at Shanghai Convention Centre from 18th to 20th March. The fair reached new records of more than 62,000 buyers from 88 countries and regions, 2,636 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions and over 100,000 sqm of exhibition space. Notably, the increasing number of high quality domestic buyers makes the fair the best platform to access the Chinese market. It witnessed the increasing demand from China although the overall climate of Chinese economy slowdown. The participants were also optimistic about the future in the textile industry.
As the eco partner to the organiser - Messe Frankfurt, GOTS presented at a booth in "All About Sustainability Zone" where GOTS China Representative Ms. Felicia Shi communicated with various visitors from the industry, introduced GOTS to them, as well as answering their enquiries. Moreover, she gave a presentation through the lens of ecological, social and economic views in sustainability to demonstrate "why, what and how" sustainability can be certified. It drew on the example of GOTS to illustrate how certification can assure the entire textile supply chain to the end consumers. The speech was well-received by more than 100 people and inspired more feedbacks from the audience during the fair.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to present in both booth and speech in "All about Sustainability Zone" at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Spring Edition 2015
This year, from 18 to 20 March 2015, GOTS will present as an exhibitor and speak as a keynote speaker in "All About Sustainability Zone" at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Spring Edition 2015.
You will also have the opportunity to meet with GOTS new China Representative Ms. Felicia Shi at the booth number of 7.2-K113. She will be on site to answer your enquiries. Furthermore Felicia will give a presentation in "All About Sustainability Zone"- the open area for seminar to demonstrate "Why, What and How" sustainability can be certified through the lens of ecological, social and economic views. The presentation will also draw on the example of GOTS to illustrate how certification can assure the entire textile supply chain- from raw material to the end consumer.
The "All About Sustainability Zone" will appear at the Spring Edition for the very first time with the aim to address the increased interest on sustainability in the industry, especially recently in China.
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Spring Edition 2015 has reached a new record this year. More than 2,500 exhibitors from 21 countries and regions (1,469, 2014) have already confirmed their participation, setting a new high point in the fair’s history. Over 100,000 sqm will be in use at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai)- the new venue for this event.
"Intertextile Shanghai is one of our most important fairs in China and our further cooperation with Messe Frankfurt on the Spring Edition will mark the next milestone for our partnership. We are looking forward to communicating with our friends in the industry during Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics- Spring Edition 2015" says Ms. Felicia Shi, GOTS Representative for Greater China.
GOTS joined Inkjet India 2015 as a knowledge partner. Mr Sumit Gupta, Representative in India and Bangladesh for GOTS will be making a presentation on "Sustainability Perspective of Digital Textile Printing".
Inkjet India 2015 – The fifth ‘Digital Textile Conference’ organized by Inkjet Forum India – is a leading knowledge sharing platform for the global digital textile printing industry. The conference will be hosted at the prestigious India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on 26th February 2015. The topics covered at this event will include the digital textile scenario in India, the technology trends, business opportunities in digital textile printing, color management, importance of design in print and successful examples of digitally printed textiles. The conference will provide delegates with valuable opportunities to attend informative presentations, network with experts and learn from industry experiences. This will in turn help the decision makers attending the conference to devise strategies in building a successful digital textile business. Event brochure can be downloaded here. To register, please download and fill in the registration form.
Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) had partnered with ISEAL Alliance, UK to organize a day-long seminar on the topic ‘CSR Mandate & Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Contribution to Business, Economy, Society and Environment in India’. It was held on December 16, 2014 in New Delhi.
Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in India and Bangladesh, spoke on “GOTS- Benefits and Contribution to India”. In his presentation, he gave the background and history of GOTS. He emphasized on salient features of the standard. He also listed out the benefits India has got since 2006 from GOTS, including the ones to businesses and environment. The presentation was concluded with an appeal to Govt of India for a formal recognition of GOTS standard in India on lines of USA govt.
The other speakers were from the Government of India, United Nations, World Wildlife Fund, International Labor Organization, Quality Council of India and other standards. The entire day was dedicated to discussing various aspects of engaging with CSR and sustainability through voluntary standards, in both the public and private sector businesses and was attended by over 120 representatives from government, businesses and civil society organizations.
Dr. Bimal Arora, CEO for CRB, said “We try to achieve 8 percent growth target with balanced growth in all sectors. While this is commendable, it also has negative impacts on environment and biodiversity. Correspondingly, there has been increase in number of institutions working on CSR, and CRB is one such institution working towards sustainability in a trading context.