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Discover the factory of the future at the Weaving Conference this October


Bob Harding, Managing Director of leading tufting and weaving machinery specialist Vandewiele UK Ltd, will discuss why new cloud-based technology is driving Industry 4.0 at the Weaving Conference in Huddersfield on 6 October.

The conference will be held by UKFT, in partnership with The Weaving Group at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield, uniting the industry to discuss the latest developments in technology and new opportunities for woven textiles.

Vandewiele specialises in developing, building and integrating innovative textile systems for flooring qualities, home linen, fashion fabrics and technical textiles.

In the session ‘Factory of the Future: Industry 4.0’, Bob will present his vision of how integrated packages combining cutting-edge machines with product-related services like automated planning, remote maintenance and monitoring, can bring a new level of flexibility and productivity.

Delegates can also hear from David Barker, International Sales Manager at Cygnet Texkimp, the world’s largest independent manufacturer and supplier of fibre unwinding creels. Cygnet Texkimp is an export-led UK manufacturer supplying state-of-the-art handling and processing machinery to the international high-performance fibre and fabric industries.

David will present ‘It’s all about the fibre – From creel to despatch’ to outline the latest developments in creels serving a wide range of applications and industry sectors, from traditional textiles to aerospace-grade composites, with efficiency and consistency at their core.

Professor Parik Goswami, head of the Department of Fashion and Textiles at the University of Huddersfield and Director of the University’s Technical Textiles Research Centre (TTRC) and a board member at UKFT, will present a paper entitled ‘Design Thinking and Innovation: Navigating the valley of Death‘. In this engaging session, he will explain how universities can help bridge the gap between invention and commercial innovation.

Book your place at the conference now to reconnect with industry colleagues and stay ahead of the issues that matter in our sector.


Please also join us on the same evening for the Conference Reception and Dinner which offers conference participants an excellent chance to network in a relaxed setting while continuing discussions about the day’s events.

For those wanting to stay over at the Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield, UKFT has secured a reduced room rate of £54.25 for for single occupancy including breakfast. Please ring 01422 375431, select option 1 and quote ‘The Weaving Conference’ to access the discounted rate, available on a first come, first served basis. Hotel prices guaranteed until 5th September. (UPDATE: All previous reserved rooms at a discount rate have now been filled and the best available rate shall be offered by the hotel at time of booking.)

The full details and speaker line-up will be announced shortly.

For any questions, please contact paula.mcilwraith@ukft.org