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Cotton and textiles mostly come by sea freight from overseas, the containers are unloaded from the cargo ships in the ports in the far north of Germany. No wonder, then, that institutions and companies such as the Cotton Exchange or Weser Quality Solutions have their headquarters in Bremen. Together with these partners as well as the company Bremer Transferdruck and other supporters, the Academy for Textile Finishing will focus its attention in four events from 9 to 12 November 2021 on cotton, textile merchandise knowledge, the topic of brand protection and on the question of what actually happens to textiles that have gone mouldy or suffered damage during the several months of shipping.

First Academy Week in Bremen: includes four events. Photo: Akademie für Textilveredlung

When importers, textile manufacturers, distributors or wholesalers receive their textile shipments from the Far East and open the containers, the tension is great. Was there mould infestation during the long voyage? Have the textile chemicals affected the sea freight or has there been accidental damage? Are there other obstacles to bringing imported textiles into circulation in this country in a legally secure way? Especially in times of Corona, sea freight is on the move worldwide for much longer than before. Textiles often suffer damage in the transit.

Bremen Academy Week at a glance

In the new workshop “What can textile reconditioning achieve?”, organised together with PLConsultancy as part of the first Bremen Academy Week at the Cotton Exchange, speaker André Meißner, Managing Director of the Bremen-based company Weser Quality Solutions GmbH, explains why textiles from overseas are often not fit for transport due to mould, germs or chemical contamination. At the same time, ways are shown to what extent damage can be minimised and damaged textiles can be saved by special reprocessing in this country.

In the workshop “Am I allowed to do that?“, lawyer Thomas Seifried will focus on trademarks, trademark protection, design and design patent law and copyright. Garment engineer Birgit Jussen will introduce the world of fibres, yarns and fabrics in the seminar “Textile merchandise knowledge” and impart elementary specialist knowledge for advertising dealers, textile finishers, office and field staff and other employees in the textile industry. Both events take place at Bremer Transferdruck in the Kalle Co workshop.

At the “Cotton Seminar Day” at the Bremer Baumwollbörse, the three cotton specialists Elke Hortmeyer and Karsten Fröse (both Baumwollbörse) as well as Axel Drieling (Bremer Faserinstitut) will focus on the “white gold”. Cotton is the most important raw material, especially in the field of promotional textiles.

In the basic seminar: Textile merchandise knowledge, the textile production chain is explained and the most important basics about fibres, fabrics and finishes are taught.