About
Conference Organiser:
Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Conference Co-Organisers:
Alibaba Group
The Textile Institute

About ITC
The Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) from Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles (FAST) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is the sole provider and pioneer of tertiary education in fashion and textiles in Hong Kong. Since its inception in 1957, ITC offers comprehensive and professional education to those who wish to pursue a career in the dynamic fashion and textiles industry. Apart from nurturing professional talents for society, ITC excels in research and innovation. Leveraging its research strengths, ITC makes significant contributions to the economy with its expanding range of consultancy, professional training and research activities. Through these activities, ITC maintains strong partnership with the business and industrial sectors. The recent years have seen ITC soar to new heights on the research fronts. ITC is ranked No. 1 in the world on its research performance and citation impact (6,450 times of no. of citation, and the highest h-index of 33), and No. 2 in the world in terms of the total number of papers published (862 papers) in the fields of textiles and clothing according to a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters based on total research output of 16,313 papers published by top 500 institutions (in terms of research productivity) from 2009 to 2013 relating to textiles, fashion, clothing or apparel. ITC was partnering with different organizations to host various top international conferences about textile, fashion and apparel, including
  • The 86th World Textile Conference 2008, partnering organization: The Textile Institute, United Kingdom
  • The 14th Asian Textile Conference, partnering organization: Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations
  • Fiber Society Conference 2011, partnering organization: Fiber Society

About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group was established in 1999 by 18 people led by Jack Ma, a former English teacher from Hangzhou, China. From the outset, the company’s founders shared a belief that the Internet would level the playing field by enabling small enterprises to leverage innovation and technology to grow and compete more effectively in the domestic and global economies. Since launching its first website helping small Chinese exporters, manufacturers and entrepreneurs to sell internationally, Alibaba Group has grown into a global leader in online and mobile commerce. Today the company and its related companies operate leading wholesale and retail online marketplaces as well as businesses in cloud computing, digital media and entertainment, innovation initiatives and others.

About TI
The Textile Institute (TI), United Kingdom, was established in 1910 which is the most representative organization in textiles and apparel in the world. The mission of The Textile Institute is to promote professionalism in all areas associated with the textile industries worldwide. The Textile Institute has Individual and Corporate Members in up to 80 countries, the membership covers all sectors and all disciplines in textiles, clothing and footwear. Within these global industries the aim of the Institute is to facilitate learning, to recognise achievement, to reward excellence and to disseminate information. The Textile Institute is a unique organisation in textiles, clothing and footwear. The Textile Institute is a fully international organisation represented by local and national offices around the world with its International Headquarters based in Manchester, UK.