First Sportswear Pro Conference
Sportswear Pro has an impressive lineup of speakers for its first conference

Fespa has confirmed the programme for its first Sportswear Pro conference, taking place on March 21, 2024. It will run alongside the new Sportswear Pro exhibition and the Fespa Global Print Expo, running from March 19-22 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

At the event, delegates will learn about the latest developments in the sportswear manufacturing industry. In addition, they will see innovations used in on demand and customised sportswear production.

Organisers say the key areas of focus throughout the conference programme will be sustainability, personalisation, and automation in the sportswear sector. Hosted in English, the line-up of sessions will include: 

•       Innovations in Materials and Fabrics for Sportswear – As businesses and individuals strive to operate in more sustainable ways, the shedding of fossil-fuel and microplastics from fabrics is increasingly frowned upon. In this session, Paul Foulkes-Arellano, Founder of consulting firm Circuthon, will shed light on sustainable textile finishes, dyes, and printing, and what this means for the sportswear sector.

•       Circular Economy Redefined – Designing for Circularity – Ana Kristiansson, founder, and creative director at Desinder, will explore the immense power of circular thinking while outlining a framework for sustainable design strategies for the sportswear industry.

•       Panel Session: Sustainability in Sportswear. A closer look beneath the surface. What does it really mean and how do we achieve it? – This session, moderated by Samantha Taylor, founder of The Good Factory, will delve into topics such as: material selection, scalable sustainable practices, and on-demand production for sportswear items. Confirmed panellists include Kevin Van Lancker, founder of Sportswear of Tomorrow; Consultant sportswear design specialist Soudi Masouleh; and Nicole Espey, Institute for Textile Technology, ITA, RWTH Aachen University.

•       Panel Session: The Power and Potential of Customisation and Personalisation – In this roundtable discussion, Circular Economy Innovation and Strategy consultant Serena Bonomi and Technical Consultant James Lawrence-Jones, will explore the limitless potential for customisation in sportswear, which can be capitalised on to maximise customer satisfaction. This session will be moderated by Fespa’s Personalisation Ambassador Richard Askam.

Duncan MacOwan, head of marketing and events at Fespa, says, “We are thrilled to introduce our first Sportswear Pro conference, created in response to demand for greater insight into the shifts in sportswear production supply chains. At the conference, as well as at the exhibition, delegates will be able to see the latest manufacturing innovations; gain insight into production processes; find out how key trends are impacting the industry; connect with experts and learn about the market’s continued growth potential.”

“We look forward to hosting the inaugural Sportswear Pro conference programme in Amsterdam and inspiring people involved in all stages of the garment production process – be it sportswear manufacturers, clothing producers, textile printers, sports apparel designers and more.”

The conference will run alongside a sportswear production themed exhibition space, where visitors can see the latest end-to-end manufacturing solutions from suppliers. In addition, visitors can explore the Personalise Make Wear smart factory, which will showcase live end-to-end production and personalisation of sportswear and sports merchandise.

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