Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) is preparing to host the PCIAW Summit & Awards in Portugal for the first time on 7-9 November 2023, located at the iconic and award-winning venue – Alfandega Congress Centre, Porto – on the bank of the Duoro River.
The annual event organised by PCIAW – the trade association for professional clothing and the textiles supply chain – gathers industry professionals from around the world to educate on new innovations and share knowledge on solutions to shared industry challenges.
The decision to host the 2023 event outside of the UK was made by PCIAW’s board of directors to develop the international scope of the trade body, which has a membership base spanning four continents: Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.
PCIAW chose Portugal as the destination for the PCIAW® Summit & Awards to act as a bridge in the global textiles supply chain and because the country’s mission to become one of the most sustainable and digitalised textile ecosystems in the world resonates with the objectives of the association – to create a circular economy for professional clothing.
It is the ambition of the PCIAW to alternate the location of the annual event between the UK and other European or Worldwide destinations, giving a voice to businesses operating in the uniform, workwear and PPE markets.
Yvette Ashby, founder & CEO, PCIAW said: “This is a hugely important step for PCIAW as the event will greater connect the supply chain, being able to share knowledge, expand the network and be the essential platform and unified voice for the professional clothing industry.”
César Araújo, president of ANIVEC; CEO of Calvelex and PCIAW board Director commented: “Many of the PCIAW Trusted Members currently manufacture in Portugal or are viewing the textiles ecosystem as a nearshore alternative. ANIVEC and PCIAW will be facilitating factory visits on the first day – 7 November 2023 – providing greater business value for those reconsidering their supply chains, in addition to the opportunities for education, networking and celebration.