Monday 13 May 2019


Northern Clothing and Textile Network Event
17th May 2019 | 09:00 - 12:00
Northern Design Centre, Hawks Road, Gateshead, NE8 3DF

Join us for our next Northern Clothing and Textile Network event and hear from leading textile and clothing specialists on some of the latest cutting-edge technologies and exciting developments shaping the future of the sector.


Speakers include:

Julie Greenhough, A W Hainsworth

An unrivalled market leader for over 230 years. Hainsworth fabric has clothed royalty and the military for full-dress ceremonial occasions and has embellished and enriched the furnishings of palaces across the world. Their award-winning innovation centre is an internationally recognised authority in the design and development of woven textiles.

With all this rich heritage, Julie will attempt to give an insight into how the company has remained at the forefront of textile manufacture.


Mark Harrop, which PLM

We're delighted that Mark is joining us again to share something of his 42-year career in apparel, that has seen him has seen him move from the cutting room to leading PLM. Mark is a digital expert for the fashion industry and is a frequent speaker on digital solutions for the retail, footwear and apparel industries. Founded in 2008 WhichPLM is a digital magazine and analyst firm dedicated to PLM, E-PLM, 3D and the IoT for fashion. With articles, interviews, tools, publications and advisory services, WhichPLM has become the first port of call for retailers, brands and manufacturers seeking to understand these technologies and their applications. Today Mark is a trusted advisor to some of the world's leading retailers, brands and manufacturers. He delivers exhaustively researched and expertly informed online education to today's technology professionals.


Sue Rainton, Future Fashion Factory

Sue is Programme Manager of the Future Fashion Factory, that brings together industry and academia to explore the future of fashion design and manufacturing. Sue will give us an update of their activities, and highlight the opportunities for businesses in all areas of the clothing and textiles sector to get involved.

Phil Harrison, SofMat

The value of counterfeit goods reaching $500 billion in 2016, which affects consumer products such as branded goods and clothing through to critical goods such as pharmaceuticals and automotive & aircraft parts. 

Phil will be talking about a novel method developed by SofMat that involves the controlled application of micron and sub-micron markings onto surfaces both during and post-production. These markings are invisible to the naked eye and can be used to identify and authenticate the products.




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