Post-event Press Release
For Immediate Release
5 April 2013 

 

The 8th edition of Prime Source Forum returned with a new format but better ideas!

The 8th edition of the annual Prime Source Forum (PSF) was held in Hong Kong from March 25 to 27, which included a half-day sustainability conference, a two-day-forum and provided also an ideal platform for launching the International Oeko-Tex Association’s new STeP certification system for sustainable textile production. STeP offers production facilities the possibility of a modular analysis of all relevant company areas including quality management, use of chemicals, environmental protection, environmental management, social responsibility and health as well as safety. The decision to launch STeP at this event has again underlined the importance of PSF – The annual forum for the global fashion industry.

This 8th assembly followed two satellites, last year, PSF - Focus on India held in Gurgaon and earlier this year, PSF - Focus on ASEAN held in Jakarta. PSF organisers, APLF Ltd. a joint venture between UBM Asia Ltd and its French partner, the SIC Group, is now considering holding two new satellite events, PSF - Focus on China and PSF - Focus on Latin America, following the 2nd edition of PSF - Focus on India to be held in Delhi on 16 July 2013.

This 8th PSF was also preceded by a half-day conference at the Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA) on sustainability and compliance requirements relevant to textile and garment industry with Jason Kibbey, Executive Director and CEO of Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) as the masters of ceremonies. It included several presentations and two panel discussions by industry experts with the first session focused on “Managing hazardous chemicals in the textile supply chain” and the second on “The road to green and sustainable global value chains – lessons learned!” Representatives of organisations and companies including BASF, Bureau Veritas, Central Textiles, China Water Risk, H&M, Migros, Textile Council of Hong Kong, VF Corp. and 3p spoke at the half-day conference.

This 8th edition of PSF was more interactive than any before. Its international mix of delegates from more than 22 countries sat in roundtables in a hotel room environment, where they were able to freely network and discuss with their supply chain partners while social compliance solutions provider INFACT Global Partners Ltd, provided digital voting gadgets for delegates to vote on a range of polling questions pertaining to the panel discussion topics with accurate real-time results.

Business networking opportunities at the forum were added by the presence of a significant number of companies/organisations representing a  wide cross-section of the global fashion industry’s supply chain, which included Ann Taylor, BASF, Benetton, Birla, Busana, Cabela, Central Textiles, Coach, Coats, Connor, Debenhams, ecVision, Esprit, Groz Beckert, Fusion Retail, Hohenstein, Hong Kong Non-Woven, InvestHK, Jones Intl, Kiabi, KPMG, Maersk, Micro-Pak, M&S, Milo’s, New Balance, Nimkartek, Oeko-Tex, Optitex, Ralph Lauren, SFBC, Target, Texbase, Thai Ministry, The Woolmark, Tradegood, Triumph, UL, W.L. Gore and many more.

Five keynote speakers addressed the forum. They were Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and Lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Aung Win, Vice Chairman, Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association; MD, Maple Trading Co., Ltd., Dennis Meseroll, Executive Director of Tractus Asia Ltd, Dr. Peter Lau, Chairman and Chief Executive of Giordano International Ltd. and Ben Simpfendorfer, Managing Director of Silk Road Associates.

There were also four snapshot presentations dealing with the Internationalisation of the Chinese currency RMB, An overview of the ASEAN countries, Trade and Customs Issues in Asia and Future of fashion distribution models in China. These presentations were made by representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Source ASEAN Full Service Alliance (SAFSA), KMPG and LifeStyle Logistics Ltd.

The 8th PSF was opened by Michael Duck, Director of APLF Ltd and Executive VP at UBM Asia Ltd.  and the HKSAR’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, welcomed the audience in a speech that centred on the advantages of Hong Kong as a major global sourcing and logistics hub.

For more details, please visit primesourceforum.com and click here for photos.


About the Organisers

APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

 

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,200 staff.

 

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.


UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

 


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This press release was prepared by Textile Asia.