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October 11, 2022

Sustainability meets competitiveness at Euratex’s Porto Convention

The conference will address solutions to develop a forward-looking business model reconciling competitiveness with sustainability.

By Shemona Safaya

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation, Euratex, is co-organising the 10th European Textile & Apparel Convention with ATP (Portuguese Textile Association) from 13 to 14 October in Porto, Portugal.

The Porto Convention marks the 24th Textile Industry Forum for Portugal and is titled “Sustainability meets Competitiveness: How to Square the Circle?”.

This year, the convention will look at how companies can anticipate the new European regulatory framework, embrace innovation, and develop a business model where sustainability becomes a source of competitiveness and growth; in line with the European Union’s (EU) commitment to a green and digital transformation.

They believe the textile industry needs to also move towards a new circular economy where recycling is at the core of the design process supported by digitalisation, innovation and new skills, and creativity.

The Convention will see representatives of national and European institutions, leading experts from the industry and like-minded entrepreneurs come together to discuss ideas, share experiences and find solutions to common challenges.

The schedule of the convention is as follows:

First Day

  • A keynote address by Pedro Siza Vieira, former Minister for the Economy and Digital Transition of Portugal.
  • Two CEO panels addressing the themes of communicating and financing sustainability: How to Measure and Communicate about Sustainability; Show me the money – financing sustainability.
  • Four workshops with industry experts for a hands-on experience addressing the themes of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Textiles, Digital Product Passport, Recycling Textile Waste and Labelling Textile.  

Second Day

  • Participants will have the opportunity to visit local textiles companies and the CITEVE research centre to further understand the European textile context in practice. The visit will include: Têxteis JF Almeida, RIOPELE, and TMG Automotive.
  • The convention will conclude with a gala dinner at Palacio da Bolsa.

For any further information and details about the speaker panels, consult the convention website or contact Cristina Gatti (

Last month, Euratex and its partners launched the new Horizon Europe Project (CISUTAC) as a step forward in facilitating the circular economy transition with the aim of removing current bottlenecks.

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