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Fashioning Colour Responsibly – what will your approach be?

Date: January 23, 2013 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Clothing Industry Training Authority, 63 Tai Yip St, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

Contact: Conference bookings to Ms Annie Leung | Table booking enquiries (up to 12) to Dr Kan /

  • This free half day conference is co-hosted by SDC in partnership with SDC Hong Kong and CITA (Clothing Industry Training Authority). The event is free to attend, but booking is essential!

    Keynote speakers include:

    Professor Martin Bide (University of Rhode Island)

    Dr Sanjiv Kamat (SDC President)

    Mr Yugao Zhang (Group R&D Director, Esquel)

    For further details of their presentations, please click on the ‘speakers’ tab.

    The conference is followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at a local restaurant. The event also hosts the grand final of SDC’s International Design Competition 2012 and CSI Colour Award 2012.

    Please join us for an excellent line up of speakers and fantastic networking opportunities!

  • Keynote speakers include:


    Professor Martin Bide (University of Rhode Island)

    Coloration challenges old and new

    Textile Chemists have been set many challenges over the years, and have proved adept at answering them. They scoured the world for the best natural dyes, and found inventive ways to apply them to large volumes of textiles produced industrially. They developed synthetic dyes and applied them to both natural, and new manufactured fibres, with increasingly sophisticated machinery. The problems we face at present are new, but just as challenging: globalisation, environmental responsibility, efficient use of resources, and sustainability. We can look forward to solving them with customary skill and ingenuity.



    Dr Sanjiv Kamat (SDC President)

    Innovations in Textile Coloration

    Dr Kamat will look at new fibres and new processes in the textile industry. “Sustainability” has gained importance for textile coloration in the last decade. This has led to the textile processor looking at various means to optimise the use of resources like dyes and chemicals, water, energy, effluent etc. This has resulted in innovations in textile coloration involving fibres, processes, machines, colours and auxiliaries. Dr Kamat will look at many of these in his presentation.



    Mr Yugao Zhang (Group R&D Director, Esquel)


    Fashioning Colour Responsibly – Practice in Esquel

    Esquel Group, the vertically integrated textile and apparel supply chain and its 5E culture will be briefly introduced. Subsequently, Esquel’s practice in eco coloration process will be shared in different categories such as dyeing equipment upgrade, eco dyestuff selection, eco dyeing process research, green product development, and textile wastewater treatment and recycle. Eco coloration is one of the key initiatives taken by Esquel to achieve its goal on sustainable development. Esquel Group is one of the world’s leading producers of premium cotton shirts. The Group is also among the most dynamic and progressive global scale textile and apparel manufacturers, with production facilities in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, and a network of branches servicing key markets worldwide. Esquel manufactures for many of the world’s best known and respected brands, including Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Nike and Lands’ End, and major retailers such as Marks and Spencer.

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