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For Immediate Release Holly Givens (413-774-7511, Ext.18)
4th Intercot - International Conference on Organic Textiles
will be held in 2005 in conjunction with All Things Organic™
GREENFIELD, Mass. (Feb. 2, 2004): The Organic Trade Association and International Conference on Organic Textiles (Intercot), initiated by IMO - Institute for Marketecology in Switzerland, have entered into an agreement to jointly manage the 4th International Conference on Organic Textiles, which they have scheduled for 2005.
Under the arrangement, the event will be held in association with the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) annual All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show slated for Chicago in May 2005.
"OTA is delighted that Intercot 2005 will be held in conjunction with its All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show. The organic fiber and textiles industry is an exciting and dynamic sector within the organic industry. Intercot 2005 will provide timely and quality educational sessions that capture what is happening in this sector both in the United States and throughout the world," according to Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association.
DiMatteo noted that Intercot 2005 will build upon the features for the fiber sector offered at All Things Organic( in 2003 and planned for 2004: a fiber pavilion, fiber-related workshops and organic fashion show. "Intercot 2005 will also expand the international appeal of All Things Organic™, which continues to garner international attention, both in the participants attending and the companies exhibiting," DiMatteo said.
Katharina Paulitsch, Intercot conference manager, said her organization is excited by the agreement and the planned location of the conference.
"Chicago is close to the important business areas of raw material cultivation as well as to textile production centers and the eco-textile market. Due to this unique environment, we will be able to address a broad audience from all areas of the textile chain," Paulitsch said. Previous Intercot conferences, she noted, have been held in Cairo (1993), Bingen (1996), and Düsseldorf (2002).
Under a memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations, OTA will be primarily responsible for operational issues related to Intercot 2005, while IMO will be primarily responsible for putting together the conference content, including selecting speakers to feature.
Intercot is an international conference that includes presentations by experts in the field, workshops, and a cultural program. OTA was a co-convenor of the 3rd International Conference on Organic Textiles, held in August 2002 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
OTA produces All Things Organic™ in partnership with Diversified Business Communications.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association whose mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade. OTA's more than 1,200 members include growers, shippers, retailers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants and others. For further info, visit OTA's website at www.ota.com.
The Institute for Marketecology in Switzerland is an international certification agency for eco-friendly products. Its worldwide activities are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) according to EN 45011 (ISO 65), the international standard for certification. For more than 20 years, IMO has been active in the field of organic certification, but it is also expert in the sectors of natural textiles, sustainable forestry, and social accountability monitoring.
Diversified Business Communications provides information and market access through trade exhibitions, magazine publishing, and online resources on five continents. In addition to serving the natural products/organic market, DBC produces over 15 food exhibitions organized throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia (www.divbusiness.com).
February 2, 2004
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