The Bremen Cotton Week

The Bremen Cotton Week

The Bremen Cotton Week 560 420 Cotton Conference Bremen

This year’s International Cotton Conference Bremen is once again embedded in a week of numerous additional activities of the Bremen Cotton Week.

One of the highlights – in addition to the conference, of course – is the Spinners & Textile Seminar on Tuesday, fostering in-depth exchanges among industry experts. This year, the organizers IVGT, ITMF, FIBRE and BBB are focusing on the “Use and challenge of fibres in textile recycling systems”.

The Natural Fiber Initiative DNFI is also inviting participants to a meeting on Friday. The focus will be on the currently discussed political regulations affecting natural fibres.

Don’t miss the Open Lab in the Bremen Cotton Exchange on Friday – a fantastic opportunity to have a look at the classing rooms, the various testing machines and cotton standards on site.

Spinners & Textile Seminar: How recyclable are textiles?

The four organizers Bremen Cotton Exchange, Bremen Fibre Institute (FIBRE), International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) and the German Industrial Association for Yarns and Textiles IVGT have chosen a highly topical subject for the seminar. All participants can look forward to high-class speakers and interesting discussions on Tuesday, starting at 14.00 CET.

Use and challenge of fibres in textile recycling systems

The aim of future developments in the handling of textile waste must be to minimize landfilling and downcycling and to increase the proportion of fibres recycled for further textile processing. Mechanical fiber recycling is currently more cost-effective than thermomechanical or chemical recycling, as the fiber structure is retained.

However, compared to the processing of virgin fibers, there are considerable problems along the entire processing chain from collection to the new textile product. The seminar examines the recycling value chain from sorting used clothing to the new product from a practical perspective.

Recycling from various perspectives

Speakers from various parts of the textile value chain will share their experiences and insights. The organizer are delighted to welcome speaker from ITA Augsburg / TexAid, TURNS, Säntis Textile, Decathlon and Thies.

Date: Tuesday, 19th March 2024

Time: 14:00 to 17:00 (CET)

Place: Room 406, The Bremen Cotton Exchange

Organizer Contact:

Admission is free, but please register your participation: More information and registration

Government Measures Affecting Natural Fibres

The Discover Natural Fibres Initiative will conduct a meeting on “Government Measures Affecting Natural Fibres” on the margins of the International Cotton Conference Bremen 2024.

The DNFI meeting will be held in a hybrid format in room 406 of the Bremen Cotton Exchange in Bremen and virtually on Friday, 22nd March 2024 starting at 11:30 AM (German Time).

Dalena White, Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) will provide an update on the various Green Economy initiatives within the EU. Other speakers will summarize the NY Fashion Act and interventions in producing countries that affect natural fibre production.

There will be time for a discussion of the regulatory developments in end-use markets and producing countries as to whether there is any role for DNFI in trying to inform natural fibre industries about these initiatives.

More information and registration

Open Lab in the Bremen Cotton Exchange

Open Lab on the 4th floor of the Bremen Cotton Exchange on Friday, March 22nd, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Come visit ICA Bremen’s state-of-the-art laboratory at the International Cotton Conference for a first-hand look into the cutting-edge facilities during ICA Bremen’s open laboratory. Explore their lab that provides state-of-the-art testing services including HVI, AFIS, trash testing, stickiness, micronaire, and manual classing.

CIRAD and Bremen Partners Forge Strategic Cooperation for Advancement in Cotton Research

The French Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (CIRAD) in Montpellier has joined forces with Bremen partners, including the Bremen Cotton Exchange and FIBRE. The general objective of this collaboration is to unite these strong partners to foster advancements across the entire cotton supply chain.

The combined expertise of these partners strengthens ICA Bremen and the location as a global competence center for cotton quality testing.

To kick off the partnership, CIRAD, BBB, and FIBRE are hosting a presentation on Friday, March 22 at around 2 p.m. as part of the Open Laboratory at the Bremen Cotton Exchange (4th floor).

Further Meetings in the Bremen Cotton Week


Mar 18, 2024, 10:00 – 12:20 GMT+1; Bremen Cotton Exchange, Room 406


Mar 18, 2024, 14:00 – 18:00 GMT+1, Bremen Cotton Exchange, Room 406

Mar 19, 2024, 09:00 – 13:00 GMT+1​, Bremen Cotton Exchange, Room 406


Mar 19, 2024, 11:00 – 12:30 GMT+1, ​Bremen Cotton Exchange, Room 407

Meet the Sponsors:

Mar 20, 2024, 12:30 – 13:30 GMT +1, Bremen Cotton Exchange, Room 406

13:00-13:30 GMT+1 : Cotton Brazil Break-Out Session: Sustainability in the cotton value chain: trends in regenerative practices and traceability

  •  Marcelo Duarte – Abrapa´s Director of International Relations
  • Alexandre Schenkel – Abrapa´s President
  • Bill Ballenden – Head of Sustainability and Innovation – LDC Cotton
  • Marzia Lanfranchi – International Sustainability Consultant

Go to the entire programme of the Bremen Cotton Week