- Adapted to the Covid-19 times, the Congress took place online on May 26 and 28 in morning sessions and on June 2 and 4, in afternoon sessions, under the slogan: TEXTILE CHALLENGE: ACTIONS TO A BETTER FUTURE.
- On the occasion of the Congress, the organization presented the 31st AEQCT Award, sponsored on this occasion by the Laiex company, and which this time was awarded to Carla González, for her STUDY OF APPLICATION OF FIBERS EXTRACTED FROM AGRICULTURAL BY-PRODUCTS IN AGROTEXTILES.
The format of this SYMPOSIUM, organized through an online platform, has included the exhibition of 3 conferences entitled:
- IS IT POSSIBLE TO RECOVER PRODUCTION IN EUROPE THANKS TO SUSTAINABILITY? given by Mr. Miguel Sánchez de Gavilán;
- WHAT IS IT AND HOW TO QUANTIFY SUSTAINABILITY by Prof. Javier Sardina from the University of Santiago de Compostela
- BLOCKCHAIN, TRACEABILITY TOOL? of Mr. Arnau Ramio de Tutellus.
All this was complemented with research and innovation poster sessions, in addition to the delivery of the 31st AEQCT PRIZE for the Best Textile or Textile Chemical Study applicable to the industry and a round table to discuss the topic of HOW TO ADVANCE IN SUSTAINABILITY WITHOUT SHOCKING THE ECONOMY.
The reception and response from the public has been unbeatable, the conferences having aroused the maximum interest among professionals in the sector and many students attracted to learn about the reality of what affects companies, outside of the subjects of university study itself.
The fact of having carried out the AEQCT SIMPOSIUM in 4 days has not posed any obstacle for those registered, who have remained connected day after day to a computer screen following the conferences.
Mr. Miguel Sánchez with his lecture IS IT POSSIBLE TO RECOVER PRODUCTION IN EUROPE THANKS TO SUSTAINABILITY? presented a correlative and chronological series in time of the different textile situations worldwide and the repercussions generated on European textile production.
His approach ended with a series of recommendations of strengths that can be explored from Europe in order to make a European textile sector more competitive and adapted to the environmental demands of the immediate future.
Professor Javier Sardina, with his presentation on WHAT IS AND HOW TO QUANTIFY SUSTAINABILITY, fully entered into the meaning of sustainability and how it is quantified.
Their experiences were always combined with examples from the textile sector and managing to establish a final debate on the part of the public very interested in questioning questions such as: Shouldn’t brands be the first to create transparency of the entire process, from fiber to fiber? garment?; Are we in a position to define by ranking the level of sustainability and reuse capacity of the most used current fibers?
Mr. Arnau Ramio, the youngest of the speakers, demonstrated great knowledge and training in his specialty, closing the cycle of conferences under the title of BLOCKCHAIN, TRACEABILITY TOOL?
He described very clearly what is behind the word Blockchain, when it is joined to the word traceability, “the information provided by the blockchain is true, but this does not mean that it is true!”
After each conference, two posters were presented. In this new online platform format, the posters were transformed into short presentations, to briefly explain what the innovation or research presented is about. They will be developed in more depth in the form of articles in the next Chemical and Textile Industry Magazines.
During the last day of last Thursday, June 4, the presentation of the finalists of the 31st AEQCT PRIZE in the form of videos took place.
In this edition, the award was sponsored by the company LAIEX who, through its Manager, Mr. Carlos Albors, presented the award to the winning work of Mrs. Carla González for the work entitled STUDY OF APPLICATION OF FIBERS EXTRACTED FROM AGRICULTURAL BY-PRODUCTS IN AGROTEXTILES.
As a culmination of the SIMPOSIUM, a very interesting round table was held, moderated by Mr. Miguel Sánchez de Gavilán and the participation of Messrs. Joan Salvà from COLORCENTER, Agustí Escarré from EAS (Escarré automation and services) and Ramón Caus, from RAMON CAUS, SA.
It was deliberated on topics of maximum current interest and interest, among them, how companies are acting to improve aspects of new technologies to improve traceability / sustainability. Do you think that all parts of the chain are advancing at the same level? Importance of investment, is there aid? Do the authorities have any interest in supporting the remodeling of the textile industry? And finally, how could it be otherwise, what can happen after SARS-CoV-2 ?.
Mr. Carlos Aguilar, president of the AEQCT concluded the 45th AEQCT SYMPOSIUM thanking all those registered and the sponsoring companies for their support and participation for another year.