Program
Cotton insights at a glance

Preliminary Program 34th International Cotton Conference Bremen

The conference is held every two years by the Fibre Institute Bremen and Bremen Cotton Exchange. In the historic town hall of the hanseatic city of Bremen, experts from all over the world meet to discuss cotton from yield to fabric.

  • Agenda Overview

    Monday, March 19, 2018

    ICAC Task Force on Standardization of Cotton Testing [CSITC]

    ITMF Cotton Testing Committee


    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    ITMF Cotton Testing Committee (cont.)

    SUSTAIN Weser-Kurier Event

    Spinners Seminar: How to handle different kinds of cotton contamination [FIBRE, BBB, ITMF, IVGT]


    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Conference Program

    Committee for Standards and for the Determination of Value Differences


    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Conference Program

    Committee for International Co-operation Between Cotton Associations (CICCA)

    Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI)

    Bremen Cotton Night


    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Conference Program

    Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP)

    Expert Panel on Social, Enviromental and Economic Performance of Cotton (SEEP)

    Open Laboratory

    Association of Cotton Merchants in Europe (ACME) (tbc.)

    International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP)

  • 10:00-13:00 ICAC Task Force on Commercial Standardization of Cotton Testing (CSITC)

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 405/406) Observers Welcome

    14:00 - 18:00 ITMF Cotton Testing Committee

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 405/406) Observers Welcome

  • 09:00 - 13:00 ITMF Cotton Testing Committee (cont.)

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 405/406) Observers Welcome

    13:00 - 17:00 Cotton Conference Registration

    (Bremen Cotton Exchange – Lobby)

    19:00 President's Dinner

    Evening Event – On Invitation Only

  • 08:00 - 18:00 Conference Registration (Bremen Town Hall)

    09:45 - 10:30 Conference Opening

    Senator Martin Günthner
    Bremen Ministry of Economics, Labor and Ports, Bremen, Germany
    Henning Hammer
    President, Bremer Baumwollbörse, Bremen, Germany
    Professor Dr. Axel Herrmann
    Director, Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. (FIBRE), Bremen, Germany

    10:30 - 12:30 Conference Keynote Session: Cotton and Textile Insights

    Chair: Lisa Boekhoff, Weser-Kurier, Bremen, Germany

    ICAC – A Force for Change in Cotton
    Kai Hughes
    ICAC, Washington DC, USA
    World Market Opportunities for Cotton
    Mark Messura
    Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA
    Embracing Change: How Cotton Can Avoid Becoming Wool
    Robert Antoshak
    Olah Inc., New York, NY, USA
    Cotton Market Outlook and Risk Management
    Michael Alt , Eugen Weinberg
    Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt, Germany

    12:00 - 13:00 Committee for Standards and for the Determination of Value Differences

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 405)

    12:30 - 13:30 Conference Break

    13:30 - 15:30 Conference Session II: Digitalization on the field, in processing and on the market

    Chair: Dean Ethridge, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

    Mapping Fiber Quality Variability across Cotton Fields as a Big Data Endeavor
    Alex Thomasson
    Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
    An Interactive App for Smallscale Dryland Cotton Farmers
    Walter Simeoni
    THECOTTONHAND (PTY) Ltd., Durban-Kloof, South Africa
    Total Contamination Control – Combining the Right Data
    Iris Biermann
    Uster Technologies, Uster, Switzerland
    Digital Textile Microfactory
    Thomas Fischer
    DITF, Denkendorf, Germany
    How to Handle Requirements from Fast Fashion
    Retailer (requested)

    15:30 - 16:00 Conference Break

    16:00 - 18:00 Conference Session III: Innovative Textile and Technical Cotton Based Production

    Chair: Iwona Frydrych, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland

    What’s New in Cotton
    Bruce Atherley
    Cotton Council International, Washington, D.C., USA
    Innovative 3D Cotton Textiles Ensuring Thermophysiological Comfort
    Malgorzata Matusiak
    Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland
    Thermobonded Composites Made with Cotton and Polylactide Fibres for Technial Applications
    Franziska Stehle
    Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., Bremen, Germany
    Cotton Fibre Reinforced Composites for Injection Moulding and 3D Printing
    Milan Kelch
    Hochschule Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    16:00 - 18:00 Conference Session IV: Textile Processing

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 506)
    Chair: Marinus van der Sluijs, CSIRO Manufacturing, Geelong, Australia

    IDF2 – Open End Spinnning Without Draw Frame Pass, Saving Virgin Cotton by Processing Higher Waste Share.
    Armin Leder
    Truetzschler Gmbh & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach, Germany
    Processing Characteristics of Tencel® LF / Cotton Blends on Rieter’s 4 End Spinning Systems
    Harald Schwippl
    Rieter Machine Works Ltd., Winterthur, Switzerland
    spinitsystems – Fibre to Fabric Single Jersey Production
    Michael Tuschak
    Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG, Albstadt, Germany
    Foam Indigo Dyeing of Cotton Yarns: New Technology for an Ancient Dye
    Dr. Dean Etheridge
    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

  • 08:00 - 18:00 Conference Registration (Bremen Town Hall)

    08:15 - 10:15 Conference Session V: Cotton Quality and Testing

    Chair: James Knowlton, USDA-AMS, Memphis TN, USA

    Spinners’ Demands on Future Cotton Properties
    Axel Drieling/Karsten Fröse
    Faserinstitut Bremen e. V., Bremen, Germany / Bremer Baumwollbörse, Bremen, Germany
    First Experience of the Automated Stickiness Testing with Loepfe Fibermap / Mesdan Contest
    Sandra Meier
    Loepfe Brothers Ltd., Wetzikon, Switzerland
    Experience Measuring Extraneous Material in Cotton Samples with Contest / Fibermap
    Uzi Mor
    Mesdan S.p.A., Puegnago del Garda, Italy
    Assessing Raw Cotton Fibre on Predicted Yarn Quality: A New Approach to Marketing Cotton
    Stuart Gordon
    CSIRO Manufacturing, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
    Standard Brazil HVI Program (SBRHVI): Implementation and Results
    Haroldo Cunha
    ABRAPA, Brasilia, Brazil

    10:15- 10:45 Conference Break

    10:45 - 12:45 Conference Panel Discussion: Traceability from the field to the shelf – Demands, Options and Limitations

    Chair: Kai Hughes, ICAC, Washington DC, USA

    Transparency for a Fashion in a Digital World
    Heinz Zeller
    Hugo Boss Ticino SA, Coldrerio, Switzerland
    BCI’s Approach to Tracing Cotton
    Damien Sanfilippo
    Better Cotton Initiative, Geneva, Switzerland
    Verification of Cotton Provenance through Chemical Fingerprints
    Sam Lind
    Oritain Global Ltd, Mosgiel, New Zealand
    Cotton Traceability
    Paul Stenning
    Fibremark Solutions Ltd., Eastburne, UK
    Haelixa: Promoting Transparency and Product Safety through DNA-Based Material Tracers
    Gediminas Mikutis
    Haelixa GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
    Sustainable Cotton Traceability Platform and Integrated Supply Chain Programme Business Model
    Heinrich Schultz
    Cotton South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

    12:00 CICCA Meeting and Lunch

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 406) On Invitation

    12:00 DNFI Meeting and Lunch

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 407) On Invitation

    12:45 - 13:45 Conference Break

    13:45 - 16:00 Conference Session VII: Sustainability in Cotton and Textile Production

    Chair: Jürgen Janssen, GIZ, Bonn, Germany

    Measuring the Benefits as well as the Impacts of Cotton – the Need to Do More Than Score
    Allan Williams
    CRDC, Narrabri, Australia
    Life Cycle Assessment and Cotton Sustainability
    Jesse Daystar
    Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA
    Obsolete or Complementary: Cotton Standards and the OECD Due Dilligence Guidelines
    Simon Ferrigno
    Sustainable & Organic Farm Systems, Derby, United Kingdom
    The Generation and Aquatic Biodegradation of Microfibers Produced from Laundering Fabrics
    Richard Venditti
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
    The Age of Cotton Returns
    Ed Jernigan
    Jernigan Global, Nashville, TN, USA

    16:00 - 16:30 Conference Break

    16:30 - 18:00 Confernce Session VIII: The Future of Cotton Breeding and Production

    Chair: Kater Hake, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA

    Coordinated Resources for Linking the Genome to Cotton Improvement
    Don Jones
    Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA
    Towards Material Farming: Introducing Unique New Properties to Cotton Fibres by Molecular Design and Biofabrication
    Filipe Natalio
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
    Cotton Production Innovation: Focus on Asia and Latin America
    Kater Hake
    Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA
    Breeding and genetic improvement of G. herbaceum desi cotton in India
    Dilipkumar V. Patil
    ICAR – Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, India

    20:00 Bremen Cotton Night

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP)

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 406)

    09:00 - 11:30 Conference Session IX: Expert Session: Research - Gaining Insights

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 506)
    Chair:Stuart Gordon, CSIRO Manufacturing, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

    The Feasibility of Blending Cotton at the Gin instead of at the Spinning Mill
    Marinus van der Sluijs
    CSIRO Manufacturing, Geelong, Australia
    Ginning: A Method to Measure its Specific Impact on Fiber Quality
    Jean-Paul Gourlot
    CIRAD, Montpellier, France
    Effects of Saw Ginning, Roller Ginning, and Lint Cleaning on Fiber Length Uniformity Index
    Carlos B. Armijo
    USDA-ARS, Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory, Mesilla Park, NM, USA
    Traceability of GMO-Free Cotton from the Seed to the Shirt
    Christin Gloeckner
    Hohenstein Group, Boennigheim, Germany
    Developing a Portable Device Using NIR Image for Easy Detection of Stickiness in Cotton
    Liv Severino
    Embrapa, Campina Grande, Brazil
    A New Color Diagram for Egyptian Cotton
    Guntram Kugler
    Textechno, Mönchengladbach, Germany

    09:00 - 13:00 Open Laboratory

    10:00 - 12:00 CANCELED Association of Cotton Merchants in Europe (ACME)

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 405)

    10:30 - 12:30 Expert Panel on Social, Enviromental and Economic Performance of Cotton (SEEP)

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 407)

    12:30 - 14:30 International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP)

    (held in Bremen Cotton Exchange Room 407)

  • Reducing the Water Footprint of the Global Cotton‐Textile Industry: Efficient Use of Advanced Dyeing Chemicals, Technologies and Wastewater Treatment in Pakistana

    Oliver Heß, Hochschule Niederrhein, Mönchengladbach, Germany

    Comparative Analysis off Biophysical Fabric Properties in Aspect of their Use in the Reference Clothing for Comfort Testing

    Iwona Frydrych, Grazyna Bartkowiak, Agnieszka Greszta, Lodz University of Technology / Central Institute of Labour Protection, Lodz, Poland

    Field Robots – A New World for Cotton

    Kater Hake, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA

    Advanced fiber characteristics by improving with carbon nanotubes

    S. Hampel (1), A. Petr (1), M. Hahn (2), J. Hesselbach (2) , (1) Leibnitz-Institut IFW, Dresden; (2) Faserinstitut Bremen e. V., Bremen; Germany

    Friction Measurements on Cotton Fiber Bundles and Single Fibers

    Alex Thomasson, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

    The Investigation of the Sources on Cotton Contaminants in Aegian Region

    Feride Öncan Sümer, Nazillli Cotton Research Institution, Aydin, Turkey

    Egyptian cotton traceability

    Mohamed Negm, Cotton Research Institute, Giza, Egypt

    Devleopment of the textile sector in Egypt

    Suzan Sanad, Cotton Research Institute, Giza, Egypt

    Trends in Global Cotton Supply and Demand

    Lyman Stone, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, USA

    Development and restructuring ginning industry in Egypt

    Mohamed Negm, Cotton Research Institute, Giza, Egypt

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