Recognising data as the linchpin of informed decision-making, the Smartex MTF committee aims to assess existing data needs and communication channels, to propose pragmatic solutions for the textile supply chain.

The Smartex 2024 MTF committee boasts a lineup of industry experts which include:

Factory perspectives:

  • Mikael Weinholtz – Executive director of business strategy, Seduno Group
  • Kapil Kumar Agarwal – CEO & founder, of Sagar Textile Mills
  • Manoj Dimri – CEO of GoodEarth Apparels
  • Kevin Xia – General manager & owner of Shilead
  • Deniz Ata – Director of business development at Pameks Giyim
  • Arfan Zaman – Assistant general manager of Mascom Composite Limited

Brand perspectives:

  • Louise Claughton – Former vice president of PVH Corp
  • Mark Green – Advisory board member at PDS

Innovator & legislation perspectives:

  • Patricia Ahufinger – CEO of Nodes Studio
  • Lutz Walter – Managing director of Textile ETP
  • Gilberto Loureiro – CEO & co-founder of Smartex

Smartex is building upon the groundwork laid in 2023 with the publication of the first MTF Report, which shed light on the modernisation of factory operations to maintain competitiveness with key insights from factory owners and operators, material and process innovators, former brand executives and policy experts.

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The report identified resource efficiency, real-time data utilisation, data-driven decision-making, stakeholder integration, and the creation of high-quality jobs in safe work environments as critical pillars for factory management.

Smartex said: “As concluded in 2023 if factories want to thrive in a market that demands the same competitive prices as well as increased speed, quality & compliance, they need to accelerate their modernisation now. Many challenges exist – but an inevitable change is afoot. By the end of this year, the MTF Committee hopes to be able to shed some light on its direction so we can keep building the Modern Textile Factories we all need.”

Facilitated by Smartex’s innovation director, Max Easton, the MFT committee will convene four times throughout the year to deliberate on key topics.

In December, Smartex will release the second edition MTF Report pulling together the key insights from the Committee’s discussions.

In 2023, Smartex introduced Smartex Fact, an “all-in-one digital factory management” solution for manufacturers to manage their facilities and gain real-time visibility into production processes remotely.