On 29 May 2015, in the Cotton House in Gdynia, the 74th Ordinary Reporting-Electing General Assembly of the GCA Members was held. The Assembly was accompanied by the special Gdynia Cotton Association 80th Anniversary Jubilee Session and the Conference – Open Debate entitled: “Innovativeness as a Platform for Cooperation of Science and Industry – a Chance, a Vogue, or Necessity?” In the course of deliberations, the General Assembly approved the Board of Directors’ report on their activity in 2014, the 2015 budget was passed and key tasks to be realised within the current period were defined. The General Assembly elected new authorities for the subsequent 2-year term of office, composed of: Members: Artur Gacek, POLONTEX S.A. – President Marek Dominiak, TEXIM M. Dominiak Sp. J. – Vice President Alois Schönberger, POLCOTTON Sp. z o.o. – Vice President Zbigniew Roskwitalski, IB – Executive Vice President, Director Iwona Frydrych, Łódź University of Technology Andrzej Garlikowski, SAFILIN Sp. z o.o. Anna Garnys, „SKALTEX – Kaczmarek, Błaszczyk” S.J. Jacek Jakubiak, COTTON HOUSE Jakubiak Sp. J. Jerzy Kotwas, SHARDA Europe, Sp. z o.o. Grzegorz Adam Łukawski, ANDROPOL S.A. Małgorzata Zimniewska, Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants Deputy Members: Marcin Granosik, TEXTILIMPEX Sp. z o.o. Amit Lath, SHARDA Europe Sp. z o.o. Małgorzata Matusiak, Łódź University of Technology Marek Radwański. Marek Radwański EKOTEX Sandjar Tadjiev, State Joint-Stock Foreign Trade Company O’ZMARKAZIMPEX Auditing Committee: Leszek Kilanowski, SGS Polska Sp. z o.o. Jerzy Mańkowski, Polish Chamber of Flax and Hemp; Jacek Rutkowski, Łódź University of Technology Among the guests of the Jubilee Session, there were Ryszard Stachurski – Pomorskie Region Voivode, Andrzej Arendarski – President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce, Jerzy Majchrzak – Director, and Krzysztof Zaręba – Head – in the Department of Innovativeness and Industry in the Ministry of Economy as well as numerous representatives of the GCA member companies and cooperating organisations. The celebration was also attended by the GCA Honorary Members – Mrs Wiesława Trywiańska-Furman, Mr Jarosław Bokina, Mr Romuald Groth and Mr Ryszard Makowiecki. In the course of celebration, Pomorskie Region Voivode, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland decorated Mr Jerzy Kotwas and Mrs Małgorzata Matusiak with the Silver Crosses of Merit. Also, the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the Gdynia Cotton Association decorated with their awards the persons exceptionally dedicated to the activities of the Chamber and the Association and the textile sector. During the 13th International Conference – Open Debate entitled: “Innovativeness as a Platform for Cooperation of Science and Industry – a Chance, a Vogue, or Necessity?” the following lectures were presented:
- New industrial policy – towards intelligent development – Jerzy Majchrzak, Director of the Department of Innovation and Industry, Ministry of Economy,
- Innovative measuring methods in textiles – Małgorzata Matusiak D, Lodz University of Technology, Lódź,
- New textile technologies – who needs them? (authors: J. Mamenas, P. Swaczyna) – Paweł Swaczyna, Ph.D., Textile Research Institute, Łódź,
- Implementation of innovative solutions – key to gain competitive advantage on textile market – Assoc. Małgorzata Zimniewska, PhD., Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants.