Inter-African trade and safety in the spotlight

The clothing, textile and apparel industry in Africa converges on Cape Town this week for Source Africa – and there is a big focus on both safety and driving inter-African trade at this year’s event.


A mixture of suppliers, manufacturers, service providers, buyers and the public sector will be in attendance, and Show Director Kathryn Frew told the UL South Africa blog that growing inter-African trade is an important theme for the audience.


“We have been really focused on getting more African exhibitors and more African visitors. South Africa a big hub in terms of textiles … and this is a good opportunity for the whole region to come together. This (and the event content) is what the attendees are looking for,” she said.


The Source Africa programme mixes fashion and business – with key sessions around trade agreements, responsible sourcing, funding and government intervention set to take center stage.


UL has a strong presence in Africa and this industry and will take to the main stage with Alberto Cairoli addressing the important topics of on-site textiles chemicals management, wastewater lab-testing, and ZDHC program management.


The presentation should be of interest to all segments of the industry as they consider how to implement sustainable chemistry and best practices in order to protect consumers, workers and the environment.


Speaking ahead of Source Africa, Mr. Cairoli said, “The textile industry is under increasing pressure to minimise its impact upon the environment and improve the sustainability of global value chains. The use of hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process which can be discharged into waste water is receiving particular scrutiny. This will be a focus of UL’s seminar at Source Africa.”


Mr. Cairoli’s session “Ready to Detox? Green Services and Chemical Management in the textile, leather & footwear industries is in the main seminar room at 2.45pm on Day 2 of the event (21 June).


Managing Director of UL Southern Africa, Kennedy Nzimande, says he is excited about the positive impact UL can deliver to African businesses.


“We help with both social and environmental responsibility and ensuring good practice around the sourcing of raw materials and extractives. We also assist with the key aspects of risk identification and management – delivering stronger brand protection and improved supply chain security.”


To ensure that clients in South Africa and sub-saharan Africa can access these services efficiently, UL Africa has entered into a memorandum of understanding with ATS Laboratories based in KZN, he added.


Mr. Nzimande encouraged those attending Source Africa to talk to the UL experts at Booth #E8 to see how they could improve and reduce risk in their businesses.


Those not attending could request a call from the local Southern Africa UL team or read more about the services UL supports on the UL Consumer & Retail Services website.

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