13th March 2018
Textile Centre of Excellence, Huddersfield

FESPA UK Association


This one day event is packed with presentations, displays, and demonstrations.

The presentations are being given by a range of hand picked experts, all of whom are from within the textile printing industry, and cover a range of topics spread out over the conference.

Topics & Speakers

Mutlu Chaouch Orozco, Digital Innovation Analyst, WTiN
Topic - Global Digital Textile Market Overview

Mutlu is a digital innovation analyst with a background in Chemical Engineering. She holds two master’s degrees in Technical Management and Data Analytics. Mutlu started her career in a pigment paste manufacturing company as a laboratory manager. She went on to develop her career by specialising in business development, process improvement and strategic planning for a variety of organisations. Her primary focus is producing high-value intelligence and analysis for the digital textile market and on the textile industry’s progress towards Industry 4.0.

Mark Harrop, CEO, WhichPLM
Topic - Digital Disruption in Fashion

Mark Harrop is a fashion technology industry figurehead, with over 4 decades’ experience in designing, selecting and implementing a broad range of solutions, including CAD/CAM, PDM, CPM, PLM & E-PLM, and 3D.

Mark’s storied 42-year career in Apparel has seen him fill roles as Cutting Room Manager, Work Study Engineer, Production Director, and, today, PLM, E-PLM & IoT selection Advisor and blogger. A graduate of Oldham College of Technology, Mark has also established himself as a leader in fashion technology education, and is a frequent expert speaker on digital solutions for the retail, footwear and apparel industries.

Founded in early 2008, WhichPLM is a digital magazine and analyst firm dedicated to PLM, E-PLM, 3D and the IoT for Fashion. With articles, interviews, tools, publications, and direct advisory services, WhichPLM has since become the first port of call for any savvy retailer, brand or manufacturer seeking to understand these technologies without the usual “marketing spin".

Today, Mark is considered a trusted advisor to many of the world’s leading retailers, brands and manufacturers. Leveraging his and his team's expertise in the field of fashion and the brand recognition of WhichPLM, WhichPLM Academy and more recently WhichERP, he delivers exhaustively researched and expertly informed online education to today’s retail technology professionals. Mark uses best practice, scientific maturity measurements to deliver measurable results to his clients. Specialising in a range of processes including: Voice of the Customer insights, Merchandise & Assortment Planning (Financial & Graphical), Trend & Creative Design, 2D & 3D, Product Development, Costing, Sourcing, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), Supply Chain Collaboration and the Internet Of Things.

Gavin Thatcher - Managing Director of Stead McAlpin
Topic - Digital Print in Textiles

Located in Cummersdale, England and with a textile heritage dating back to 1835, Stead McAlpin is the most versatile fabric printer in the UK manufacturing rotary, flatbed, and digital prints for many of the finest design-led home furnishing, upholstery, apparel, and geotechnical brands on the market. They work closely with their customers both nationwide and throughout the world at every stage of the manufacturing process to ensure a first-class product.

Stead McAlpin, not only specialise in rotary printing, flatbed printing, digital printing, dyeing and finishing high quality furnishing, apparel, and geotextile fabrics, but also offer a unique combination of traditional skills, cutting-edge digital technology, and innovative thinking. Their versatile package allows customers direct involvement and the chance to develop their designs and colour ways within the context of the production process all in one place resulting in a finished product of a very high standard.

Robert Cole – Commercial Director of Magna Colours Limited
Topic - To Be Confirmed

MagnaColours is known throughout the world as the leader in water-based inks. They have pushed boundaries in every direction to develop the range, and each product excels in the job it has been designed to do.

MagnaColours add value across the range by leading the way in product stability, environmental legislation compliance, packaging design, and brand support, through their MagnaLab, MagnaAcademy, and GNA.

Debbie McKeegan – The Digetex Group
Topic - Design and Print in a Personalised World

The Digetex Group are an Award Winning Digital Print service provider based in the UK. They provide high quality custom printed fabrics including Cottons, Linens, Polyesters, Fire Retardant Fabrics, Papers and Wallcoverings.

Based in the UK in their own customised factory, their specialist team digitally print utilising the world’s most innovative technology. The company was built upon a vast knowledge of manufacturing, in fact they have been printing textiles since 1968. With an in-house hemming unit their team can transform any printed fabric into sewn product. Homeware, Kitchen Textiles, Made to Measure Curtains, Promotional Products and Event Furnishings.

Tian Carey – Researcher in Graphene Technology at the University of Cambridge
Topic - Wearable Electronics with Printable 2D Materials

Tian Carey is a research student working towards a PhD in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology at the University of Cambridge. He is in the Cambridge Graphene Centre in the Electrical Engineering Division and a member of Pembroke College Cambridge.


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