China Textile Innovation Conference Focuses on the Future
Nearly 500 participants from across the textile supply chain attended the China Textile Innovation Conference Keqiao Forum, focused on the fourth generation of textile intelligent manufacturing (4.0) – a combination of automation, digitalization and the use of artificial intelligence. The event was an excellent platform to share information regarding the future of the Chinese textile industry and network with counterparts along the cotton textile supply chain.
Speakers represented the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, German Engineering Association), Rieter, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China National Garment Association, China Dyeing and Printing Association, and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA). COTTON USA delivered a presentation on the outlook of global consumer markets for textiles.
The main themes discussed at the conference included speeding up the adoption of Internet-based systems such as Cloud dyeing and printing, a move toward a more service-oriented format from consumer Internet to industry Internet, and increased systems solutions for improved efficiencies.
In China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – a blueprint developed by the Chinese government for social, economic and environmental issues and informing Chinese policymaking for the period from 2016 to 2020 – more emphasis will be placed on “green” and higher-end products, industry technical standardization, independent innovation, domestic consumption and non-wovens.