IFAT Munich cross-industry sessions

IFAT Munich cross-industry sessions bring together a wide range of industries to discuss and find solutions to the major challenges of our time, such as scaritiy of natural resources waste and environmental pollution. Thanks to its extensive network, IFAT Munich connects specialists and experts from municipal and commercial sectors.

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Textile recycling: a compelling challenge

Textile recycling cannot be managed by one company, one institution, one industry. It is a matter of systems, network and collaboration across many different actors. IFAT Munich connects experts from the recycling and sporting industry and dives into the topic of circularity and its challenges.

We are pleased to announce our third cross-industry session on November 29th, 2023 at ISPO Munich.

  • 1:00- 1:45 p.m. Green Stage, Hall A1
    Panel: Textile recycling - a compelling challenge
    In view of scarce raw materials, increased material costs and high environmental relevance, one wonders how the textile industry can become more circular? How can you work in a resource-saving way in textile production? How can textiles be recycled?
    The aim of this panel is to get various points of view that reflect different challenges or aspects of textile recycling.


    Kim Scholze (Moderation)
    Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Sympatex
    Ruth Oberrauch
    Vicepresident Oberalp Group
    Marc Schubert
    COO und Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Looper Textile Co.
    Nicole Kösegi
    Management Consultant, solutions for business

  • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
    eXchange - Revolutionizing Sustainability: Oberalp Group's road towards Circularity
    An eXchange with Alexandra Letts, Sustainability Manager at Oberalp Group Spa (SALEWA - DYNAFIT - WILD COUNTRY - POMOCA - EVOLV – LAMUNT)
    Join us for a thought-provoking exchange with Alexandra Letts, Sustainability Manager at Oberalp Group, a renowned sports and equipment company in Bolzano, Italy. In this exclusive interview with Natascha Zeljko, Co-Founder of the Circular Economy Initiative CIRCULAZE, she'll delve into Oberalp's pioneering journey in sustainable innovation. Learn how they've made Circular Economy the linchpin of their strategy, reshaping product design and lifecycle extension to reduce emissions, including CO2.

  • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    On Tour - guided Sustainability/Circularity Tour at ISPO Munich

  • 4:30 p.m.
    Get Together / Networking powered by IFAT Munich and CIRCULAZE

Read more here.

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IFAT Munich X OutDoor by ISPO

The first IFAT Munich Cross-industry session entitled "Recycling strategies in the sporting goods industry - what's up? Status quo, opinions and solutions" took place at OutDoor by ISPO 2023 on June 4.

The two experts Dr.-Ing. Julia Hobohm, Managing Director of Gemeinsame Rücknahmesystem Servicegesellschaft mbH and Kim Scholze, Sales Officer of Sympatex discussed the development of a textile recycling infrastructure beyond the outdoor borders, as only the entire textile industry can provide the necessary quantities (tons) for recycling facilities.

Missed the presentation? No problem, because we recorded it as a video podcast.

Impressions of the IFAT Munich cross-industry session at Out-Door by ISPO

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IFAT Munich X digitalBAU conference & networking

Not only in the sporting goods industry, but also in the construction industry there is great potential for optimization in terms of sustainable production processes, recycling strategies and circular economy.

Buildings and infrastructure are an important, man-made store of raw materials. In terms of climate and resource protection, this treasure must be harnessed and put to good use. The environmental technologies presented at IFAT Munich every two years can be used for precisely this purpose.

That's why our second cross-industry session took place at digitalBAU conference & networking. The topic was: "Circular economy in construction: the contribution of digital technologies."


  • Felix Heiden, Managing Director Wastebox
  • Dr Ansgar Niehoff, Head of the Technology Innovation Lab, REHAU New Ventures
  • Miki Yokoyama, Managing Director Aurum Impact
  • Bruno Rudnik, Manager Director SusTech Consult
  • Manuel Götzendörfer, Managing Director von BEFIVE by UnternehmerTUM, Venture Director TUM Venture Lab Built Environment
  • Moderation: Jan Küster, Director at the Founders Fight Club

You missed the presentation? No problem, because we recorded it as a video podcast.