First ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award finalists revealed

logo-itma-sia2015CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has announced that six finalists have been shortlisted from some 30 entries for its first ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. Three of the finalists are vying for the ITMA Industry Excellence Award while the remaining three are competing for the ITMA Research & Innovation (R&I) Excellence Award.

Industry Excellence Award

The Award recognises textile and garment manufacturers who have leveraged on technological innovations to advance business sustainability that benefit people, planet and profit. After much deliberation, the judges have picked the following three finalists who have worked closely with ITMA 2015 exhibitors to introduce innovative solutions to their production process or products:

  • Berto Industria Tessile SRL (Italy)
  • Gebrüder Otto GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
  • Levi Strauss & Co. (USA)

Mr Charles Beauduin, who sits on the Industry Excellence Award judging panel and is also President of CEMATEX, said: “We thank ITMA 2015 exhibitors for supporting this award. What differentiates this award from other industry recognition is that we celebrate the successful collaboration between technology providers and industry users, which ultimately benefits consumers.

“Necessity is the mother of invention, and the synergies from both parties working together towards a common goal will bring about more innovative solutions that will positively impact the environment and the business bottom line.”

R&I Excellence Award – Masters

The three finalists for the award are:

  • Jan Vincent Jordan, Institut Für Textiltechnik, RWTH Aachen University
  • Jenifer Schneidereit, Hochschule Niederrhein
  • Moniruddoza Ashir, Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology, TU Dresden

CEMATEX has launched ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage and recognise outstanding industry members and post-graduate students for their contributions to the sustainable development of the global textile and garment industry.

ITMA 2015 will be held at the Fiera Milano Rho from 12 to 19 November 2015. It showcases end-to-end solutions for the entire textile and garment making chain. The exhibition has a gross size of over 200,000 square metres. To-date, over 1,500 exhibitors from 47 economies have signed up to take part in the exhibition. Visitors can purchase their ITMA 2015 badge online before 15 October 2015 to enjoy early-bird rates.

Published on: August 25, 2015