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The 85th World Conference was held 1-3 March 2007 in Sri Lanka. A full pictorial report is shown here


Conference Report
Concept to Consumer  
March 1st – 3rd, 2007
Colombo , Sri Lanka

Conference Report by
Mrs. Stepanie Dick
The Textile Institute Membership Director

The Textile Institute 85tth World Conference 2007, was held at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo Sri Lanka. As Membership Manager, I would like to express how delighted I am to have met with so many members, new members and delegates at the conference.

Inaugural Ceremony

Professor Mervyn Davies Chairman of The Textile Institute at the Traditional lighting of the Oil Lamp.

Krishan Hundal Head of General Merchandising Technology Marks and Spencer UK at the Traditional lighting of the Oil Lamp.

Welcome address by Professor Lakdas Fernando Chairman of Organising Committee

Professor Mervyn Davies Chairman of The Textile Institute Council

Conference Delegates

Textile Institute Representatives and Key Speakers

The Textile Institute has over 3000 members and this gave me the opportunity to put a number of names to faces. It also allowed me to hear the current views of our members person to person.

Krishan Hundal Head of General Merchandising Technology Marks and Spencer UK ‘Sustainable Retailing’

The Textile Institute would like to thank the principal sponsors Marks and Spencer who enabled the organising committee to provide an international forum where the textile, clothing and footwear world met to discuss current issues affecting their industry. It was a truly professional and qualitative technical program giving the delegates the opportunity of hearing what is happening in their sector. Krishan Hundal Head of General Merchandising Technology Marks and Spencer UK spoke about ‘Sustainable Retailing’.

Ashroff Omar CEO Brandix Lanka Ltd Sri Lanka ‘A Flat World Perspective’

Brenda A Jacobs Council to US Apparel and Textile Industry

Mr Mahesh Amalean Chairman MAS Holdings Ltd Sri Lanka

The conference incorporated a number of social occasions, where delegates met in less formal surroundings. The evening entertainment began with Welcome Cocktails in the Atrium Lobby at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel where much networking took place. The conference dinner a 'beach party' was enjoyed by all and held at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Delegates enjoying the ‘Beach Party’

Traditional Sri Lankan Dancers


There are many that worked tirelessly to make the 85 th TIWC a success and so enjoyable, with a special thanks to Professor Lakdas Fernando Chairman of the Organising Committee, the local Sri Lanka Section, LECS Lanka Exhibition and Conferences Services and all those who participated



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