Norwegian Textile Panel meeting to address a Nordic Roadmap

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Tone Skårdal Tobiasson
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Sunday, 17 August 2014
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Thursday September 4th the Norwegian Textile Panel will take the first steps towards opening up the discussion in a Nordic Roadmap for the fashion and textile industry. 

The plan is to take a long, hard look at what can actually make an impact. And what is possible for Nordic companies with or without political clout and international backing. As the Textile Panel and the NICE project have been following the work of WRAP in the UK, and recently also touched bases with the Scottish work-in-progress in this area; it will be interesting to see how a Nordic approach perhaps will be a little different than the UK-approach to a Roadmap. 

To help "kick off" the discussion (Friday these will continue for a select group of companies and stake-holders in a smaller forum with the aim to apply for a pre-project to fascilitate a cluster within the industry) we have invited some exciting lecturers. 

The first lecture will be The world then and now, technology solutions to meet the new future by Isabelle Foucart and Mariëlle Van Den Hurk (Lectra). Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for industries using soft materials. Lectra develops the most advanced specialized software and cutting systems and provides associated services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), 

· 3D solution to reduce physical prototypes, and avoid multiple shipping
· New cutting room solutions to reduce buffer in the fabrics, reduce use of electricity
· Solutions to reduce waste

We are very happy to announce that Kate Fletcher, Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, will be lecturing on her latest research. Her latest book (co-edited with Mathilda Tham) Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion will just have been launched. It explores fashion and sustainability at the levels of products, processes, and paradigms and takes a truly multi-disciplinary approach to critically question and suggest creative responses to issues of among other themes: Fashion in a post-growth society.

The afternoon will feature two workshops, one on VikingGold and one on the Higg Index, so both will be hands-on! 

For the Norwegian industry, there will also be the unique chance to hear all about the focus areas which are being proposed to the Nordic Council of Ministers as the basis for a Nordic Roadmap. A document outlining the focus areas has already been circulated to key stakeholders in the Nordic region, including politicians and members of several workijng groups under the NCM. As reactions to the focus areas and the consequences these will have for the industry are important for the final proposal; we wish to engage as many as possible in this process. Ownership of the process in the future depends on early engagement. 

That is at least one thing we have learned the the UK Roadmap process! For more information on the program and a link to register for this event, see here.