Franco-German business workshop 2017

Danièle Clutier-Léauté (Moderator)

Marketing & consumer behaviour / Permanent Lecturer IFM 

An MBA from INSEAD Danièle was in charge of market intelligence at Rothmans International, then marketing director of a division of Chargeurs Textiles. She then went on to set up and run IFM’s Market Research and Consulting Department. Her range of expertise covers consumer behaviour, strategic marketing and competitiveness policies. She is currently a lecturer in charge of fashion marketing at IFM. She is also  Secretary General of the R3ilab (Réseau d’Innovation Immatérielle pour l’Industrie). She regularly carries out strategic studies for businesses and for the European Commission.

Key Speakers

Emmanuel Arène

CEO, Primo 1D

Emmanuel Arène holds an engineering degree from Supelec Paris. He has over 25 years of experience in industrialization of innovative technologies, senior management and international development. He has worked for major corporations like IBM, and in the development of start-ups: notably Soitec, where he spent 15 years as Executive VP Industrial Operations, as well as CEO of the company’s Singapore branch and EVP/GM of the solar business unit. Emmanuel cofounded the startup Primo1D in August 2013, acting as CEO and Chairman of the Board.


Primo1D invites you to a new world of electronics embedded into a textile yarn. Our hot new company has industrialized a way to discretely incorporate tiny electronic chips in a thread for a seamless integration into textile and plastic materials. There are numerous applications for our products: traceability, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft, environmental monitoring, man-object interaction. Uses include clothing, plastics, composite materials, cables and tires in a range of industries: textiles, automobile, aeronautics, plasturgy, medical, technical garments and sportswear.

Alexander Artschwager

German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf

Bodo Bölzle

CEO, Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG

Bodo Th. Bölzle was born 11th December 1962. He was appointed CEO of AMANN Group in 2008. 


AMANN is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of sewing and embroidery threads for the sectors automotive, apparel, shoes & leather, technical textiles, etc. 

Michel Caillibotte

Head of International Innovation, Damartex

Graduated Textile engineer, I have grown experience and expertise across various industries and leading brand. With Damart international group since 2012, I lead the R&D Textile and Footwear activities in innovation field and development / industrialisation. 


Established in 1953, Damartex is one of the major European manufacturer and retailers for seniors (55+ segment). Its channels of distribution are catalogues, websites, shops and BtoB wholesales, and its main markets are France, the UK, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.

Yves Dubief

President, Confederation of the French Textile lndustry and CEO, Tenthorey SAS

Graduated from ESSEC – Business School, MBA Management, Master in business law. President of the Union des Industries Textiles since 2012. Leader of the Strategic Action Plan « Technical Textiles and Smart Textiles” since 2014 and member of the Steering Committee “Connected devices”. Vice-President of the Banque Populaire Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne. Member of the Board of the Groupement des Fédérations Industrielles (GFI). Member of the board of the Fiscal Committee of MEDEF. President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Vosges)


Owner of Tenthorey, cotton weaver for fashion and retail (bags) 

Paul-François Fournier

Senior Executive VP Innovation Direction, Bpifrance

Marce Frouin

COO, Bioserenity

Life experiences of entrepreneurship and R&D in High Technology. Including component design, electronics, micro-mechanics and complex integrated products. 7 years of experience of as investor including Angel and Venture capital. Bioserenity 2014 to present.


Bioserenity is a medical device company leveraging Textile, Electronics and Cloud to develop Connected patient solution in Neurology, Cradiology  and 4 other medical field . 80 employees. 

Dr. Berit Greinke

Head of department, Design Research Lab, Berlin University of Arts

Berit Greinke is a senior researcher in ‘Connected Textiles’ at the Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts. She holds a PhD in ‘Media and Arts Technology’ from Queen Mary University of London, and has previously gained an MA in ‘Design for Textile Futures’ at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design.


The Design Research Lab at the Berlin University of The Arts, headed by Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost, works on interdisciplinary design research projects that mediate the gap between technological innovations and people's real needs. With more than twenty researchers, we are exploring smart textiles, human computer interaction and communities in the digital society. 

Dominique Jacomet

General Director, French institute of fashion

Dominique Jacomet is Director General and Dean of the Institut Français de la Mode. Graduated of Sciences-Po Paris and Paris University in Economics and Management, he holds a PhD (University of Paris) in Business economics. He joined the textile and clothing business in 1982 and held various positions. Chairman and CEO of Lacoste US, Lacoste China and Executive Board Director of Lacoste Group (1998 – 2007), Dominique Jacomet is the honorary Chairman of the European Textile and Clothing Association (Euratex). He teaches at Sciences-Po and at ESCP Europe in Paris. He published “Textile, Fashion and Globalization” (2007) and “Economy of Luxury” (2014), both in French. 

Guido Jaeger

Head of Global Sales & Marketing, PFAFF Industriesystemeund Maschinen GmbH

Ulrich Jahn

President, Groupe Freudenberg Performance Materials

Gregory Marchant

CEO, Union Textile de Tourcoin

Member of the Board of EURATEX and President of Clubtex. Textile engineer (Leeds) and advanced Technician’s certificate. Training courses in various textile processes (dyeing, automation, etc.) in Germany and Italy. Foundator and Director General of IMATTEC International (technical fibers and yarns) since 2005.  CEO, Union Technologique of Timisoara (Romania)

Ingeborg Neumann

President, Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry and CEO, Peppermint Holding GmbH

After finishing her studies in business administration, Ingeborg Neumann worked for 12 years at the international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, in her last positions as auditor and partner. Since 1997, she has been the founder and owner of a medium-sized industrial group.


Peppermint Holding GmbH was founded in 1997 by Ingeborg Neumann. The Peppermint companies produce high quality and innovative, technical, home textiles and fashion. At six European sites, 750 employees generate an annual global turnover of approximately 90 million euros. Four sites are located in Germany. In addition, Ingeborg Neumann started up the first Peppermint Venture Capital Fund in Berlin in 2000.

Anton Schumann

Gherzi Textil Organisation AG, Zürich

Hendrick van Delden

Managing partner, Gherzi van Delden GmbH

Hendrik van Delden has a long-standing background in developing strategies for companies from the textile value chain, incl. fibre, textile and nonwoven producers as well as brands and textile machinery producers. He has led many multinational consultant teams on global strategy assignments.


With over 120 fully employed professionals in 6 own offices worldwide and more than 8,000 completed projects in over 80 countries, Gherzi is the world’s leading consultancy focusing on the textile value chain. The outstanding experience of its expert team facilitates practical and implementation oriented work in fields like textile manufacturing & new technologies, digitalization and sustainability.




Register for this event
open until 8 Nov 2017.
Registration 13 Jul – 8 Nov
Meeting Selection 1 Nov – 12 Nov
Event 15 Nov
Language English
Venue Place Adrien Zeller 1
Strasbourg, France
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 51
Meetings 0
France 50
Germany 35
Switzerland 1
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