12th International Conference themed Smart solutions in processing…Profitability the key!

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The SDC EC has successfully organised its 12th International Conference themed Smart solutions in processing…Profitability the key!
on Saturday, 16th September, 2017 at The Club, Andheri, Mumbai


Supporters: The conference was supported by Jay Chemical Industries Limited; Archroma India Pvt. Ltd.; Sharp Biotech Specialty India Pvt. Ltd.; Colourtex Industries Pvt. Ltd.; Dystar India Pvt. Ltd.; Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd.; Britacel Silicones and Atul Ltd.
Delegates:  Over 200 delegates from Brands, Process Houses, Retailers, Industries and Educational Institutions attended.
Inaugural Session:  
The Society sadly lost two of its members. A minute’s silence is observed in the memory of Late Mr. Balaji Desai, the Managing Director of DyStar India and Dr. Vipinchandra Dave, Managing Director of Gopitech (Kenya) Ltd, founded in Nairobi.
Mrs. Lipika (Hon. Secretary, Mumbai Chapter) was ably supported by Student Representative, Ms Ridhhi as MOC of the day. Hon. Chairman, Mr. Sai Ganesh formally welcomed all the guests, Speakers, Panellists and the delegates of the conference. He addressed around the theme and briefly explained the programme for the day.
The Souvenir was released, this was followed by felicitations and presentation of Medals and Qualifications. The bronze medal was awarded to Ms. Rajkumari Bhatia, Head of Department, B D Somani Institute of Art and Fashion Technology, India for her enthusiastic service of the Society in India in relation to the SDC International Design Competition. FSDC Qualification certificates were presented to Mr. Subhash Bhargava and Mr. Srinivasan Nattanmai.


Dr. Graham Clayton, CEO, SDC UK shared his view and plan for ‘SDC – A way Ahead (Global Vision)’
The SDC has been and still is about technology, old and new, helping people to apply it to business operations. When the SDC was founded it was about smart solutions and it has remained so over the years. The SDC offer to support in smart solutions in processing is life-long. He hoped the participants will join in this lifelong journey, will be the first of many smart solution meetings helping in profitability. SDC educates the changing world in the science of colour. On the Conference theme, he said for an organization or company to find smart solutions, it needs to look at three areas: people, operations and technology. The latter is often seen as smart solutions alone. Technology can be exciting and ground breaking.  We must remember however that technology alone achieves very little, if anything, as it is only when technology works for people in making improved operations that smart solutions work and work profitably.
Key Note Address by Dr. Phillip Yeung on Sustainable Manufacturing: Capitalizing on Real-time Analytics 
He shared his presentation on water footprint and analytics. Water, one of the most important resources in the world, becomes a scarcity due to population growth and climate change. In addition, the textile manufacturing industry is under pressure because of requests by the government, brands and retailers to control or even reduce the water consumption in its production processes. The industry has a crucial need of a clear and measurable system for its water footprint calculation. On the other hand, there has been an explosion of data in the manufacturing industry. However, vast amounts of data can lead to a challenge in analytics, i.e. how do we systematically organize, analyze, and utilize the vast amount of data to improve water efficiency, equipment performance and business operations? Best-in-class manufacturing companies are already succeeding in managing data, mining it for useful insights and utilizing it to transform their businesses. Activity-based Water Footprint Modelling of Textile Manufacturing Processes (AWFM) was developed as a customized real-time monitoring program to monitor, manage and account for the total water footprint as well as water intensity of individual products in textile industry. It provides a clear understanding of water footprint of the textile and apparel manufacturing processes (from fresh water to polluted water), especially for those extremely water-intensive and polluted processes like dyeing, printing and finishing. It is suggested that this model can serve as an aligned practice for water footprint calculation among the total supply chain. This study will give an account on the theories and methodology of the model. Real industrial water footprint data were collected from three manufacturers in China, and their product water footprint were presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the said model. 
The Key Note Address was followed by technical sessions.



These sessions featured the input of 6 technical presentations and 4 panel discussions including representatives from major development organisations such as Archroma Ltd, Switzerland, Jay Chemicals Industries Ltd., DyStar, Atul Ltd, Kothari Info-Tech Ltd. Etc. Renowned designers like Archana Kocchar and Kanika Bawa were also part of the panel discussion. Bringing together leading experts and participants from Switzerland, Germany, UK and India. The conference proved an excellent opportunity for networking and sharing experiences in development.
The Technical Sessions A, started with presentation on Technical textiles and special finishing: Eco-advanced functionalization concepts by Mr. Michael Schuhmann, Archroma Ltd.
Ecological compliance and sustainable use of resources have become primary elements for innovation and product development in most major industrial countries nowadays. The regulatory pressure is increasing especially in developed consumer markets, giving new challenges to textile manufacturers as well as marketers of ready-made garments.
The technical textile market segment is historically more performance driven and was hence less  affected by international campaigns targeting large apparel brands, one being intensely affected by these kind of changes, as the use of chemicals is absolutely necessary to achieve defined functionalities with highest requirements on fastness, which commonly are expected to last for the life-cycle of a garment. Therefore high performance chemistry is needed, which has evoked environmental concerns regarding air and water emissions as well as related to health and safety of the end-user. Archroma has addressed these changes by various new concepts ranging from ultralow emissive water, oil and chemical repellents and zero-formaldehyde coating   polymers to formaldehyde, halogen- and heavy metal free flame retardants. 
The diverse range of eco-advanced chemicals is complemented further by a broad portfolio of pre-treatment chemicals and dyes, which are the basis for a novel approach to enhanced ecological compliance in textile manufacturing founded on Archroma’s unique ONEWAY® concept, which combines chemical knowhow with process and market expertise.

This presentation followed by a Panel Discussion on Legislation and sustainability - Brands Perspective Moderated by Dr. Sanjiv Kamat, Vice President, Kothari Info-Tech Ltd. He introduced the panel members Mr. Manohar Samuel- Birla Cellulose, Mr. Rahul Bhajekar- GOTS, Mr. Suresh Parmeswaran- Zodiac Clothing Company Ltd. and gave an overview of the topic. They debated on the steps are being taken by the Brands to make each and every step of their processes sustainable. There was a question about why local brands were not having their own norms, however, it was concluded that with the availability of so many legislations; there was no real need to reinvent the wheel. On local legislations and laws, there is a push on formulating and enforcing required from the government.



Technical Session B commenced with a presentation on Profitable and Sustainable Textile Processing through Probiotics by Mr. Karun Tyagi, Vice President – Sales with Proklean Technologies Pvt Ltd.
The textile industry is a major consumer of water for various wet processing operations and produces high volumes of effluent waste water. The effluent is characterised by strong organic and inorganic compounds leading to high values of COD, BOD and TDS. The use of a new class of non-toxic and bio-degradable textile auxiliaries, which are not enzymes and have been developed using a consortium of Probiotic microbes, to bring down the pollution footprint are discusses. Data compiled from multiple trials and usage data from textile processing units in India show 20-30 % reduction in water consumption, 35-50% reduction in COD and BOD and upto 50% reduction in TDS when the processing was carried out using a combination of a pre-treatment agent, a levelling agent and a soaping agent. The quality parameters of the processed fiber, yarn or fabric are found to be comparable with those produced using standard chemicals. This new class of auxiliaries have the potential to positively alter the economics of sustainable textile processing practices including substantial savings in the cost of effluent treatment.
The Second presentation of the session was by Mr Bertram Seuthe, Global Business Development, Marketing Coloration, DyStar Ltd. Germany. His presentation on “Innovative Textile dyes and Sustainable Processing Technology” took a closer look at sustainability in textile dyes and auxiliary manufacturing with focus on three segments.

  • Innovation: Innovative new Levafix®, Remazol®,Indanthren® and Dianix® dyes
  • Technical support by process optimization: Saving resources with Cadira® processes for reactive, vat and disperse dyes
  • Marketing: Eliot® an electronic online tool with detailed information on properties of DyStar dyes like fastness, process suitability and compliance with RSL lists.



Panel Discussion 02 - Digital Transformation - Online Marketing was moderated by Mr. Dilip Raghavan, Managing Director, Colour Publications Pvt Ltd. He introduces the Panel Members who were Mr. Anjani Prasad, Archroma India; Mr. Punit Krishna, Chemarc.com and Mr. R Ajay, Future Lifestyle Fashion Limited.
The discussion initially revolved around the scope and opportunity that online marketing presents to the brands (B2C). Basic emphasis on the ease ordering, wide use of internet that is giving rise to the success of online marketing. Then the focus came to why online ordering was not prevalent in the dyes and chemical business. This was mainly attributed to the fact that this selling is normally associated with a lot of technical service in terms of shade matching or finishing which has to be online. But progress is being made by a lot of companies to make re-orders online.
Technical Session C        opened with Panel Discussion 03- Online Colour Matching System which was Moderated by Mr. Dakshesh Desai, Director, Premier Colorscan Instruments Pvt. Ltd. The Panel Members were Dr. Ashok Athalye, Atul Ltd.; Dr. K R Desai, Department of Chemistry, Uka Tarsadia University, Surat; Mr. Subhash Naik, Datacolor Asia Pacific (HK) Ltd.
The topic was divided four categories and explain all in detail. Dr. Desai shared his experience of the systems in the beginning of an era of Color Matching System in India. Dr. Athalya and Mr. Naik gave very good insights on the more recent ones.
The discussion on online communication of colour was discussed by the various stalwarts of this industry. How colour can be communicated and how it can be interpreted was explained. The ease with which such information can flow across continents, cultures and language barriers was discussed. They also brought into the discussion, concerns regarding job cuts in the industry. It was argued that online colour matching will only shorten the time lines of communication, but actual matching has to be done anyway.



This was followed by technical presentation by Mr. Aditya Chandravarkar, Founder of Inkjet Forum India on Digital/Inkjet Printing  
Mr Aditya shared a preview about digital printing technology. After this he shared the market scenario of digital printing worldwide as well as Indian scenario. He talked about the development and the   nuances of various machines in the market.
The second presentation of this session was on Mills’ Perspective - Legislation w.r.t. Sustainability by Mr. Alok Sharma, GM (Quality Assurance) of Ramkumar Mills Pvt. Ltd.
Chemicals have become an integral part of our lives. We interact with chemicals from our birth till death. Currently the textile industry uses more than 8,000 chemicals to make about 450 billion m2 of fabric sold annually around the world. It is estimated that 4 kgs of chemicals are used to make 1 kg of cotton. In the last 60 years, it was found that some chemicals and colourants used in the manufacture of textiles have a negative impact on the Human health. It was also found that many of the chemicals and colourants are toxic and persist in the environment.
The evolution of legislation on chemicals used in textiles started with the formation of WHO and initiative started by American & European countries by introducing regulation on DDT, Mercury & PCB –Polychlorinated Bi-phenyles in 1960. Then the initiation of several Global treaties, protocols, declarations and Conventions from 1970s for regulating the use of dangerous chemicals. Then a very important legislation named as REACH was enacted by the EU Parliament in 2006, which talks about Registration (with authorised agency: ECHA) of all chemicals used in the EU, Evaluation for ecological and toxicological data followed by Authorization or Restricted for usage.
In 2011, the textile industry faced the toughest challenge by “Dirty Laundry,” a report by the environmental group Greenpeace that claimed they source their textiles from low-cost producers in developing countries while turning a blind eye to the pollution this generates. By November 2011, several major apparel producers and retail organizations had come together to form Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals. ZDHC’s members have committed to eliminating release of toxic substances into waterways by 2020. Members include Adidas, Gap, H&M, Nike, Puma, and many other global brands & dyestuff & chemical manufacturers. How these legislation had affected the textile production activities and how mills & wet processing houses are dealing with this problem is presented.



The third presentation was on ‘A step towards Sustainable Industry’ by Ms. Monisha Boopathi, Brand Manager, Jay Chemicals Industries Ltd.
Ms. Bhoopati shared all the various steps that an industry can take whether raw material usage or raw material procurement to various processes that can be adopted for making an industry sustainable. Then she touched upon resource management by saving and recycling of water and power which can make the industry sustainable. Various examples were shared in various categories to prove the points raised.  
Technical Session D included Panel Discussion 04- Colours – Designers’ Perspective.
This panel was moderated by Mr. Anjani Prasad, Managing Director, Archroma Ltd. with Panel Members Ms. Kanika Bawa - Interior Architect and Lifestyle Designer; Mr. Viral S. Desai CEO of Zenitex Pvt. Ltd. Mrs. Bhamini Subramaniam- Designer & Proprietor at Abhinav Creations and Ms. Archana Kocchar, the fashion Designer.
The discussion was on the importance of colour for a designer and the way they would like to communicate this. The importance of colour shade atlas was discussed by the designers and they expressed their wish to have the support of the local manufactures of dyes to prepare these season wise fashion shade cards to support them. Sustainability aspect was also discussed, how designers can spread awareness. They shared their efforts in this direction.





International Design Competition 2017
Mr. Yogesh Gaikwad, Director of SDC International, briefly explained the International design competition IDC and theme of this year for the International Design Competition 2017 is ‘Design for the Circular Economy’. SDC encourages the creative use of colour in fashion and textile designs. It is a committed supporter of up-coming young designers. This commitment is well established as a competition, now in its 15th year which seeks students to demonstrate ‘the creative, imaginative and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles’. Applicants from Universities and Colleges across the Globe contest to win the competition, and each participating country selects a finalist who is invited to attend the Grand Final in Sri Lanka in November 2017.
The winner and runner ups were announced.
Ms. Natalie Mistry student of School of Fashion Technology, Pune was announced as the winner of the Indian Heats for IDC 2017. The winning piece is titled ‘Somebiotick’. She used waste salvaged from different industries like hotels, home, hospital etc. to make fashion garments and accessories.
Prof.Plilip Yeung, President SDC, handed over the winner trophy to Natalie, who will attend the Grand Finale in Sri Lanka in November 2017 and will compete with 14 country finalists.
The First Runner up is Ms. Aneri Zaveri and second Runner up is Ms. Rachi Jain both from B.D.Somani Institute of Art and Fashion Technology, Mumbai. They also received their trophies from Prof Yeung

Hon. Secretary Dr. Suman Mundkur expressed the vote of thanks to speakers, Special guests, supporters, delegates and volunteers at the end of an enthralling day of so many activities. 


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