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TCF Green Conference 2014

This conference profiles the opportunities for the fibre, textile, carpet and apparel industries in meeting the challenges of ecological and socially sustainable development.

The case for improved environmental and socially sustainable performance continues to grow. The Big Green Conference will feature international and domestic presenters responsible for the development and implementation of innovative solutions. They will show how these drivers for change and innovation to advance sustainability performance, also offer opportunities for the fibre, textile, carpet and apparel industries. 

Case studies will showcase how they have driven and developed sustainable business practices in their organisations. Presenters will share their respective outlooks and collective wisdom on a critical issue of common concern: the pursuit of a sustainable world.

Themes of the conference will centre on sustainable fibre, textile and apparel production, consumer behaviour, ethical sourcing as well as showcasing
new and emerging technologies.

Scroll down for details of the topics, presenters and their abstracts or click here to download the brochure and registration form.


Addressing sustainability challenges in the fibre, textile, carpet and apparel industries
Thursday, 19th June 2014
Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda Victoria
All Day
registration fee
Jean-Michel Hollaender, General Manager and Director, L&L Products Australia Pty Ltd
Jean-Michel Hollaender is General Manager and Director of L&L Products Australia Pty Ltd. He graduated from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg, France (Engineer in Mechanics and Polymer Science) and Mannheim Business School, Germany (Master of Business and Administration).
Jean-Michel has the responsibility of the Australian operations of L&L Products, a leading US family-owned tier-one supplier to the automotive industry. L&L Products is market leader in acoustic, sealing and reinforcement solutions for the “body in white” stage in car manufacturing. The Australian operations, acquired in June 2012, are the leading entity for the development and manufacturing of non-woven acoustic solutions for interior and exterior applications.
During his 13 years with L&L Products, Jean-Michel fulfilled several management positions in program management, sales and product development. Jean-Michel has a deep knowledge of the automotive industry and had the responsibility of various global OEM accounts (BMW, Daimler, Volvo...).
Prior to joining L&L Products, Jean-Michel worked for Autoliv Group, a Swedish global company, the inventor of the airbag system.
Jean-Michel arrived in Australia in June 2012. He speaks three languages, French, German and English.
Turning post-industrial textile waste into a commercial engineered textile
Supported by the federal governments TCF Strategic Capability Program that aimed to build innovative capability within the TCF sector, L&L Products has develop capacity to manufacture a new range of technical textiles from recycled fibre. Jean-Michel will profile the visionary research and product development by L&L Products that turns textile waste into new commercial products such as a short-fibre nonwoven textile that is now supplying the automotive industry in Australia, Europe and North America. He will outline the impediments the company experienced in developing nation-wide materials logistics and material handling system and the feedstock required.
Terry Swack, founder and CEO, Sustainable Minds
Terry Swack is a serial internet and environmental entrepreneur and a pioneer in customer experience strategy and web-based product development. The arc of her career demonstrates how design thinking drives business and product innovation.
As an industry thought leader, Terry is a frequent speaker on innovation, the business opportunity for designing greener products and the future of the design and engineering software industry. Terry received her BFA in graphic design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tools for greener product innovation in the technical textile industry
Manufacturers across the value chain face two key problems when it comes to building a greener brand. They want and need to design greener products, and then credibly market them. Designing truly greener products requires access to a comprehensive source of current and credible life cycle data. For several years, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and Sustainable Minds have been working to understand the product sustainability landscape for nonwovens. Terry will discuss life cycle assessment and how manufacturers can use it to make greener decisions in R&D and to build a greener brand.
Daniel T Gibbs, R&D Laboratory Manager, Geosynthetic Centre of Excellence
Daniel Gibbs has been managing Geofabrics’ research and development facility, the Geosynthetic Centre of Excellence, for over 4 years. During this time his focus has been on working collaboratively with and supporting consulting engineers, regulators, universities, councils and government agencies, providing a variety of geosynthetic-specific physical, mechanical, hydraulic, compatibility and interaction analysis and reporting for over 300 internal and external product research and development projects. Prior to this, he worked for Geofabrics’ South Queensland Manufacturing facility as their QA/QC manager for over 5 years, where his role was to maintain the company’s ISO 9001 quality certification while managing a fast-paced MQC laboratory, testing a wide variety of GCL’s and geotextiles. Daniel is an active member of various professional bodies including ASTM technical committees and The International Geosynthetics Society.
Geotextile outdoor weathering performance and durability under Australian conditions
Geotextiles play an invaluable role in environmental engineering projects across Australia including erosion control along our coastline, prevention of groundwater and storm water contamination by filtering soil sediment for landfill and tailings dams and in revegetation projects requiring stabilisation of soil pending root system development. They are also used in mining, road and rail construction. Some of these uses require exposure to sunlight for months or even years at a time. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is one of the primary degradation mechanisms of synthetic polymeric materials.

Extensive information relating to the degradation processes of polymers exists but research into geotextile outdoor weathering performance and durability under Australian conditions is exiguous due to the time and costs involved.

Daniel will discuss the testing capabilities and technologies developed by his team to be able to gather real-time outdoor exposure data on polyester geotextiles and the results for three sites around Australia as well as accelerated UVR data obtained through exposure in a xenon-arc weathering chamber.
Mr Tristan Tiedt, Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA), RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Tristan Tiedt is a research professional within the textile machinery department of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University. The RWTH Aachen University is one of the largest and most renowned universities of technology in Germany, offering top level study and research opportunities. The core competencies of ITA are the development of textile machinery and components, innovative fibre-based materials and tailored textile semi-finished products.
Tristan’s work includes the development of novel on-line measurement methods and quality assurance for nonwoven production in general.
Tristan studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, specialized in production technology. His work at the ITA started with a student research project related to staple fibre processing and a diploma thesis about a positioning system for the fixed carding elements in a card.
Recycling carbon fibre waste
Carbon fibre has been described as the most defining material for 21st century manufacturing with the global market for carbon fibre estimated to treble by 2020. There are significant sustainability imperatives to develop and implement processes and strategies for recycling carbon fibre waste that will increase in parallel with this predicted growth in use.
Informed by the research being undertaken on recycling carbon fibre at Aachen University, Tristan will present on the size of the global carbon fibre market, the likely volumes and value of carbon fibre to be recycle/reuse and current and future technologies to recycle/reuse production offcuts (dry fibre), prepregs and laminate.
Associate Professor Karen Webster, Deputy Head of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University
Karen Webster is one of Australia’s best-known fashion industry figures and has been actively engaged as an advocate and leader in the Australian Fashion Industry for over the past 30 years.
She has held senior positions in fashion at RMIT University for twenty years. From 2005 to 2010 through an industry secondment from her University position at RMIT Karen took on the role of the Director of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. This grew under her stewardship to include more than 300 events and unprecedented attendance levels and sponsorship support, making it a landmark event on the Melbourne cultural calendar.
Karen has held numerous Board positions including a founding board member of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. She currently sits on the Australian Design Alliance, the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and the Federal Governments Positive Body Image Awards Advisory Panel. In 2010 Karen was appointed to the Council of the Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia and as part of this role has been appointed the Chair of the Australian Fashion Council. More recently she has been on the Advisory Boards for Balletlab, the State of Design Festival, the Design Research Institute and the Media Code of Conduct Working Group on Body Image for the Victorian State Government.
Karen worked as a fashion designer for over ten years in London, Melbourne and Sydney prior to working in academia. She still currently works as a strategic and design consultant within the fashion industry. Karen was the 2012 inductee to the Fashion Hall of Fame awarded in Melbourne.
Fashion – it is time to consider an alternate system
In this presentation Karen interrogates the contemporary fashion system and the integrated issues of fast fashion, high frequency drops into retail stores and the associated relationships with seasonal appropriateness and design analysis.
Karen proposes an alternate model that considers the implementation of slower, more purposeful, processes that embrace reflective and analytical design practices combined with appropriateness to the market within sustainable frameworks. A pivotal component is the reassessment of the fashion calendar reducing the constant supply within the fast fashion sector.
Paula Rogers C Text FTI, Partner - Apparel & Textile Industries (ATI) Group
Admitted as a Fellow of the Textile Institute (UK), for her contributions on Product Safety in 2010, Paula Rogers’ experience in apparel and textiles international supply chain management with SME’s, international retailers and procurement agencies, spans almost 30 years; across a range of disciplines; including product development/standards, production & sourcing operations, logistics, market regulation, product safety, corporate responsibility and governance.
Today, as a partner at ATI Group, Paula works with industry, governments and organisations pursuing efficient, sustainable global supply chains. Paula current serves as a member of the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) - Supply Chains Working Group.
Paula’s inherent understanding of international supply chain functions allows her to take a full aerial view of how various departments operate and interact with each other, delivering a common sense planned approach to ensure smoother operations. In reducing many of the operational headaches experienced daily by buyers much of the risk is better managed too, delivering a stronger bottom line, for both the supplier and buyer.
Sourcing efficient, sustainable global supply chains
Due to reverse seasonality and limited chemical product safety requirements, Australia has been a dumping ground of substandard product from northern hemisphere markets for many years. Consumers, who unknowingly think they are bagging a bargain, may be exposing themselves to heightened risk of disease and other ailments.
For industry, this substandard product is also creating an unfair downward pressure on pricing making it increasingly difficult for retailers and brands to compete whilst “doing the right thing”.
Recently, in the absence of Australian legislation, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) instigated textile testing which led to the retail recall of apparel and textiles containing harmful azo dyestuff that EU Directives have banned from their supply chains.
Join Paula Rogers, an acknowledged authority on product safety in apparel and textiles international supply chain management, as she draws on this and other case studies to demonstrate how a planned, ethical approach to sourcing can reduce risk and deliver a stronger bottom line.
Dr. John Cumming, Managing Director of Infotech Research
John has a science background, having studied for 10 years at universities in Australia, the US and Canada. He has worked in industry and as a university lecturer. He has been a director of a computer software enterprise and an advertising firm as well as working as an advisor to government.
He started Infotech Research in 1985 - a technically focussed management consultancy, working in R&D, business planning, Occupational Health, Cleaner Production and Environmental Management.
John’s management work has lead him into many industries over which time he has published manuals on environmental management, Cleaner Production and Technology assessment. He has written the EPA’s Best Practice Environmental Guidelines for Textile Industries, and developed a range of Energy and Environmental Management education programs. John’s vital contribution to the carpet industry and other industrial facilities has assisted Australian manufacturers to apply technological solutions to environmental stewardship.
John continues to lecture part-time and supervise research students at RMIT University across faculties including Business and Engineering. He is an Environmental Auditor pursuant to the Environment Protection Act 1970 (industrial facilities).
The power of designing greener products
Designing greener products is increasingly important in all industries. It is critical for raw materials suppliers, end product and the process equipment manufacturers within the carpet and technical and apparel textiles sectors.
DR Cumming will demonstrate the power of designing greener and more cost effective products, as evidenced by the impact of the life cycle assessment program he developed for the Australian carpet industry.
Dr Michael O’Shea, Materials Science and Engineering, CSIRO
Dr Michael O’Shea is Senior Principal Research Scientist and Research Team Leader for Polymers and Material Processing at CSIRO.

The recipient of several awards for research excellence, Dr O’Shea’s research expertise is in renewable chemicals, fuels and polymer science with a particular focus on production of value added chemicals / monomers/ polymers from Biomass; polymer scaffolds for tissue repair; biodegradable polymer – drug conjugate; materials for defence applications (personal protection.

He has a background in industry and consults to a number of companies on renewable chemicals and polymeric materials.
New opportunities in renewable polymer and functional materials
There is significant global momentum around the (re)emergence of bio-derived feedstock for the chemicals and polymer industries. Many of the current renewable polymer modifiers are generally unsuitable due to reliability of cost and/or supply or their relative performance compared to incumbent technologies.
CSIRO believes that there are significant opportunities in the production of woody biomass-based polymer modifier and oils/fatty acids with novel/improved functionality. We have investigated the synthetic and biological production of a range of structures for a range of industrial applications including: renewable chemical intermediates; renewable polymers; oligomers; cross-linkable polymers; bioactive compounds; fuel additives and thermo/mechano-chromic devices
CSIRO's research activities in these areas offer a shift in novel polymer modifiers and opens up access to new and sustainable product platforms for the chemical and polymers industries
Daniel Grimsey, Senior Research Analyst at Euromonitor International
Daniel Grimsey is a Senior Research Analyst at Euromonitor International, the world leader in strategy research for consumer markets. Working for Euromonitor International since 2005, Daniel Grimsey has researched and written extensively about a wide range of industries across the Asia Pacific region and is thus an expert on consumer trends in industries stretching from Consumer Appliances to Travel and Tourism to his personal favourite, Packaged Food. Before joining Euromonitor, Daniel studied a Bachelor Of Business (Marketing) at the Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology. Daniel produced the 2013 Tissues & Hygiene in Australia report.
To infinity and beyond. Can retail nonwovens keep growing?
Daniel Grimsey, Senior Research Analyst, will share his knowledge of the global trends impacting diapers, sanitary protection and incontinence products. Whilst volume growth opportunities may be limited, significant value growth opportunities remain by changing the focus from being marketed as a hygiene product to being marketed as a lifestyle accessory. He will explain how manufacturers can achieve this through product innovation, packaging and marketing.
Dr Jinfeng Wang, Postdoc Research Fellow, Australian Future Fibres Research & Innovation Centre, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University
Dr Wang is a chemist with expertise in fabrication of organic/inorganic hybrid material. She obtained her PhD in Deakin University on hybrid particles with adjustable photocatalytic activities. After her PhD study, Jinfeng worked as a chemist with development of functional fibrous materials. Currently, she is working on an improved method to recover wax and reduce COD in wool scouring effluent.
A novel process to recover wax from wool scouring effluent
Enabled by funding from Australian Wool Innovation, Deakin University is developing a novel process to improve the recovery of wool wax from scouring effluent which, if successful, will improve the profitability of existing scouring operators while improving the quality of the effluent, and thus ameliorating negative impact on the local environment. Dr Wang will outline the project and progress to date.