Educating the changing world in the science of colour

SDC North of England Region ‘Printed Textile Manufacture In A Digital Age’

Date: 27 March 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Huddersfield University, OA4/01 Oastler Building HD1 3DH


The SDC North of England Region in partnership with Huddersfield University invite you to join this free half day event on Wednesday 27th March. The event will be chaired by Professor Parik Goswami who will introduce a number of guest speakers who are experts in the field of print.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Christine Holdstock, Colour Science Consultant
  • Gavin Thatcher, Piece Dyeing Strategist, Camira Fabrics Ltd
  • Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director SDC
  • Tro Manoukian, CEO Vanners Silk Weavers
  • Duncan Ross, Commercial Director, AVA CAD CAM
  • Linda Hodgson, Design Manager, Sharps Fabric Printers

After the presentations a Q&A speaker session will offer delegates the chance to ask questions.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential – please contact to reserve your place.



  • Tro Manoukian, entrepreneur, runs three silk textiles businesses which supply a range of premium fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren and Ted Baker.  Based in Suffolk, the firms are Vanners Silk Weavers- which designs bespoke fabrics for the neckwear, couture, furnishing and bridal markets.  Adamley Textiles, a specialist screen and digital silk printers – and dyers and parent company Medaax Ltd.


  • Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at the SDC, completed his BSc (Hons) in Textile Chemistry at Leeds University, School of Textiles under the supervision of Dr Ian Holme. He worked for various dye and chemical companies including Sandoz, Crosfield Textile Chemicals and finally Yorkshire Chemicals starting in laboratories and progressing through various roles to carry out bulk trials and finally working in sales with responsibilities in the UK and mainland Europe.He has worked at SDC for the past 13 years starting as Technical Manager and he now has responsibility for all SDC’s learning activities as well as the Colour IndexTM and the SDC’s standards work with BSI, CEN and ISO offering secretarial services to committees on Colour Fastness and Colour Measurement of Textiles.  Committed to lifelong learning in the coloration sector he, together with the dedicated team at SDC, has devised the colour education pathway for both technical and design students. This is being implemented through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is providing a new and unique way to learn about colour.


  • Gavin Thatcher, manufacturing specialist experienced in senior management roles with excellent communication skills across all levels. Commercially focussed and driven with a reputation for delivering continuous improvement utilising world class manufacturing best practices, strong organisational management and leadership skills gained through working experiences at all levels within organisations. Gavin has significant experience of delivering products of high quality, high added value and technical difficulty into mid to high end markets using various process methodologies. Recognised as having focus on innovation, new product development and implementation of new systems and technologies. A hands-on manufacturing professional, who works with a high level of integrity, drive, diligence and self-motivation who builds relationships based on mutual trust and understanding of both individual and business needs.


  • Dr Christine Holdstock, experienced Colour Science Consultant. Teacher of Colour Science at the University of Leeds for over 20 years, focusing on human colour vision, history of colorants and coloration, the origins of colour, methods of colour measurement and reproduction, and textile dyeing and processing. Skilled in the development of digital learning materials and managing university programmes in the field of Colour Science. Awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds for research into the control of the dyeing process undertaken at Wira (the Wool Industries Research Association), after completing a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield.


  • Duncan Ross- After graduating from the Universities of Wolverhampton and the Fachhochschule Reutlingen in 1993, Duncan began his career in the “then” vibrant wallpaper and heat transfer industries. A four-year stint with the Borden Decorative Group provided experience of engraving, reproduction, wallpaper and transfer paper printing processes.  A call for linguists from AVA CAD CAM in 1998, progressed his career in the textile and decoration industry and utilised his fluency in German.  AVA CAD CAM services a worldwide customer base, across textiles, flooring, laminates, ceramics and wallcoverings. All these industries utilise CAD CAM with both analogue and digital printing processes and have common challenges and objectives. AVA’s current hot project is global workflow analysis, consultancy and solution providers, which regularly takes Duncan and his team all over the world.


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