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MS-Teams 19.1.2023

Call for collaboration in textile production – Focus on new fibers, materials, and technologies

Finnish-German joint event for tech and textile companies


Time: 10.00–12.00 EET / 9.00–11.00 CET


Registration to this event is open until January 12, 2023

NOTE: The pitching slots for Finnish companies are full. 


Further Information

Marika Ollaranta
Head of Decarbonizing Industries, RRF
marika.ollaranta (at)


Marja-Liisa Niinikoski
Managing Director, Finnish Textile & Fashion
marja-liisa.niinikoski (at)

Sustainability and circularity requirements challenge the production of textiles and their circulation. New fibers, materials, production technologies and a new circular value chain are needed. This Finnish-German joint event brings together textile and mechanical engineering companies to discuss ideas and collaboration opportunities for sustainable and circular textile and tech development. We welcome you to learn and find partners for co-development!

The first part of the webinar elaborates new ecological textile fibers and new production technologies. In the second part this will continue: pre-registered members of Finnish Textile & Fashion and VDMA will pitch their needs and ideas around sustainable and/or circular textile production for potential collaboration partners.

The webinar is organized by Finnish Textile & Fashion, VDMA Textile Machinery Association and Business Finland.

The event is moderated by Chief Advisor Anne Ruokamo from Finnish Textile & Fashion. 

Pitching session

The pitching session contains 14 company pitches; 7 from Finnish, and 7 from the German companies. Members of the Finnish Textile & Fashion and VDMA may indicate the willingness to pitch while filling up the webinar registration. NOTE: The pitching slots for Finnish companies are full. 

The pitches are limited to 3 minutes including:

  • company presentation (1 minute)
  • the description of the identified challenge (1 minute)
  • the proposal for collaboration (1 minute)

The pitching session may be followed by the whole webinar audience.


10.00–10.10 Opening the of the webinar by  Dr. Marja-Liisa Niinikoski, Managing Director, Finnish Textile & Fashion and Dr. Harald Weber, Managing Director VDMA Textile Machinery Association
10.10–10.20 New ecological textile fibers and their production technologies: Overview on the new Finnish fibers, Advisor Katri Pylkkänen, Finnish Textile & Fashion
10.20–10.35 Spinnova’s new fiber and Valmet’s technology, Head of Concept Jarkko Havas, Spinnova and Business Development Director Mirka Sireni, Valmet Technologies
10.35–10.45 Infinited Fiber Company’s Infinna fiber and production technology – commercialization progresses with world-class partners, Key Account Director Kirsi Terho, Infinited Fiber Company
10.45–10.55 Textile Recycling: A journey from bottle to polycotton waste, Dr. Tobat Saragi, Strategy & Business Development, Oerlikon Textile
10.55–11.45 Pitching session: Find your perfect match for next generation textile production 
11.45–11.55 EU funding possibilities for joint European projects, N.N., Business Finland
11.55–12.00 Closing remarks, Dr. Marja-Liisa Niinikoski and Dr. Harald Weber

This webinar is free of charge, and it is held in English. Participation link is sent to the registered participants one day prior to the webinar. In the registration form the company must inform if they want to pitch in this event. The pitching places are given on a first come, first serve basis, so be quick and secure your slot soon!