Levi Strauss & Co. of USA, known worldwide for its authentic vintage look jeans, is the winner of the first ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. Levi Strauss & Co.’s R&D Product Researcher, Mr. Franky Vangaever (photo: right), received the award from CEMATEX President Charles Beauduin (photo: left).
Using the NoStone® garment washing technology from Tonello, an ITMA 2015 exhibitor, Levi Strauss & Co. has started preliminary development work in their Plock facility in Poland. Tonello’s technology provides Levi Strauss & Co. with an important first step to solving an industry challenge in denim finishing – the use of pumice stones which have environmental, economic and mechanical disadvantages.
It clinched the ITMA Industry Excellence Award category from two other finalists: Berto Industria Tessile (Italy) and Gebrüder Otto (Germany).
The winner of the R&I Excellence Award – Masters category, for post-graduate students of institutions participating in the Research & Innovation Pavilion, is Jan Vincent Jordan, Institut Für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University. His Master Thesis: ‘Development & Assembly of a Test Bench for the Analysis of Magnetic Weft Insertion’ clinched top marks with the judges.
The two finalists are: Jenifer Schneidereit of Hochschule Niederrhein and Moniruddoza Ashir, Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology, TU Dresden.
Congratulations to all winners and finalists!
*This story first appeared in the ITMA News Bulletin here.