Textile 4.0 Conference, the first event to explore the opportunities and risk of Industry 4.0 for textiles industry strategists, organised by World Textile Information Network (WTiN), will take place this October in The Netherlands. An international development expert and the leader of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Future of Production initiative Attila Turos worked has been revealed as the keynote speaker at Textile 4.0 conference.

At present, the world is at the threshold of a new industrial revolution characterised by a confluence of emerging technology breakthroughs, including mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, next-generation robotics, 3D printing, wearables and genetic engineering, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and others.

These technologies, combined and connected, will transform manufacturing and production systems with unprecedented speed and scope, impacting business models, economic growth, employment and sustainability. Businesses in manufacturing and distribution sectors and policy-makers need new approaches and capabilities, and must work together to build truly innovative and sustainable production systems that benefit all people.

Big hitters from the textile industry itself will also feature at the Textile 4.0 Conference. A first-day session on digitalisation and its capacity to disrupt business models will deliver the vision of Chiaretto Calo, group CEO of the newly created, Italian-based IMPRIMA Group, which has already brought together some of the biggest names in digital textile printing.

Also speaking in this session will be Tekin Gulsen, Global IT and Corporate Planning Director of Turkish technical fibre and yarn producer Kordsa Global; and Peter Santora, Vice-President of US-based Softwear Automation, a pioneer in sewing-factory robotics.

The implications of such workplace automation for employment and skills will be the subject of a session featuring Yves-Simon Gloy, of the Institutfür Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University. Supply-chain solutions expert Mark Harrop, CEO of Which PLM, who will explore the role of PLM and ERP software in the “smart revolution”; Steve Smith, CEO of DP Innovations, will examine the emerging concept of “technology as a service”; and Yariv Bustan, Vice-President of product and marketing at Twine Solutions, an Israeli start-up that is commercialising a ground-breaking invention for digital coloration and functionalisation of thread. The Textile 4.0 Conference will take place from 25-26 October 2017 at the Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City, The Netherlands.