This autumn's Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics trade fair is set to be nearly one-third larger in size than last year, and will host the debut Planet Textiles conference on sustainability.

Running for four days at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, the event will cover 13 halls, two of which will be dedicated for accessories and trims. There will also be three international halls featuring country and region pavilions from Germany, Japan, Italy, Korea, Taiwan and Spain, while the remaining halls will focus on Chinese suppliers.

The adjoining Planet Textiles conference on sustainability will include senior executives from major clothing brands, top textile companies from Hong Kong and China, NGOs and Chinese government officials.

Topics under discussion will cover supply chain transparency and compliance, the efforts of the Chinese denim sector to improve its environmental profile and resource efficiencies including the conservation of energy and water use in China's textile manufacturing sector.

Confirmed speakers include Mr Kenneth Lo, chairman, Crystal Group (Hong Kong); Mr Delman Lee, director, TAL Group (Hong Kong); and Ms Eleanor Wright, senior director raw materials, Wal-Mart (USA).

Click here for more details on Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, which takes place from 18-21 October 2011. More information on the Planet Textiles conference is available here.