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The Future of Circular Textile in Europe
Thursday 25 May 2023

Further to the Flanders Flooring Days, the West Flanders Gateway to Europe partnership, which supports international entrepreneurship in West Flanders, is organising the exclusive networking event 'The Future of Circular Textile in Europe' on Thursday 25 May.

The range of innovative and durable floor coverings is nothing short of impressive. Industrial companies that are strongly committed to innovation and collaboration; these are at the heart of the cluster operation New Materials in West Flanders. The Circular Materials Center is the ultimate research and training centre for the plastics and textiles sector. It is also a meeting place for companies and knowledge institutions where expertise and practical experience are shared.

We will be elaborating on the EU's strategic policy vision for circular textiles and also bringing some testimonials on how the companies are producing and internationally marketing circular and sustainable floor coverings. What does Europe think floors should look like in 2030? Afterwards, we will offer you a networking lunch in the presence of international companies and experts in the field of floor coverings and (interior) textiles.

Register your visit: click here

PROGRAMME (English spoken)

11 am | Welcome at the Circular Materials Center
11:30 am I Start Programme

  • Introduction: West Flanders, Gateway to Europe - a partnership for entrepreneurship in an international perspective

    Lieven Tack, Managing Director, POM West-Vlaanderen, provincial development corporation

  • Keynote: The EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles and its impact on global supply chains

    Dirk Vantyghem, Director General, Euratex

  • Company testimonials on circular and sustainable flooring within research and industry

    1. Ine De Vilder, Research Scientist, Centexbel
    2. Femke Faelens, Sustainability Manager, Beaulieu International Group
    3. S├ębastien Combey, Global Technical Services Manager, Unilin

  • Final word: Karla Basselier, CEO Fedustria, the trade association of companies in textile, wood and furniture industries

12:45 pm | Netwerklunch
1:45 pm | Optional: Tour @ Circular Materials Center

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • For whom?

    - Visitors to Flanders Flooring Days
    - Companies active within the floor covering industry
    - Experts and partners from the textile sector

  • Where and when?
    - Thursday 25 May at 11 am
    - Circular Materials Center, campus KU Leuven KULAK
    Etienne Sabbelaan 49
    8500 Kortrijk

  • Entrance? Free for textile professionals

  • Interested? Register by 12pm on Monday 22 May 2023. CLICK HERE
    The number of places is limited

ABOUT 'WEST FLANDERS, GATEWAY TO EUROPE'

This networking event is an initiative of POM West-Vlaanderen, Voka West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Investment and Trade, UNIZO West-Vlaanderen, TUA West and Fedustria in the framework of the CONQUER project. Under the heading 'West Flanders, Gateway to Europe', we are joining forces to (further) prepare West Flanders entrepreneurs for an international future.

The Future of Circular Textile in Europe is organised in tandem with partners Centexbel and Kortrijk Xpo.