This page is sponsored by Messe Frankfurt, Inc.,
the organizer of 2019 Techtextil North America.
Registration for Techtextil North America 2019, being held February 26-28,
2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina has officially opened. Techtextil North
America is where manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and industry
professionals come together for three days of networking, education &
Decision makers from all of the major industries that touch technical textiles
and nonwovens attend Techtextil Noth America to conduct business and
discover the latest product developments and industry trends. This year’s
event is expected to draw visitors from across the globe, including of top
industry executives, buyers, engineers, technical directors, plant managers,
product development managers, and more.
Premier Symposium: The highly-acclaimed symposium provides attendees
the opportunity to listen and learn from industry leaders and subject matter
experts as they discuss some of the most pivotal advancements in research
and technology and shed light on the current global economic state and its
effects across industries. Those who purchase symposium passes will attend
sessions on today’s hot topics including smart textiles, new fiber
developments, advancements in nonwovens, and sessions that will address
innovations in textiles for industry-specific applications including medical,
aerospace, personal protection and more.
For the first time, Techtextil North America 2019 will offer a la carte pricing,
giving visitors the flexibility to pick and choose the sessions most relevant to
them, as well as a “Full Experience” option, which includes three-day exhibit
hall access, entry into all Symposium sessions, as well as shuttle
transportation and entry into the Reception & Tours at NC State. For more
information on pricing and session offerings, visit
“The Lab” Testing Demonstration Area: A brand new show floor feature to
Techtextil North America, “The Lab” is a demonstration and learning area
featuring equipment & technology for textile testing and standards.
Participation in The Lab will provide exhibiting companies with amazing
opportunities for additional exposure, and give visitors the chance to
experience textile testing first hand, discover new testing methods and
educate themselves on the latest in industry standards.
Student Research Poster Program: The annual Graduate Student Poster
Program has become a must visit show floor attraction for visitors at
Techtextil North America. This year, the Program is open to undergraduate
students, as well as those pursuing their Master’s or Ph.D. Students from
around the world will have a platform to share their research findings with
peers and potential employers/sponsors, and a chance to present their
research in front of a captive audience during the three days of Tech Talks,
which will be located on the show floor and will once again be powered by
The Nonwovens Institute.
After-hours Reception & Tours at North Carolina State University’s
College of Textiles: Techtextil North America and North Carolina State
University’s College of Textiles are excited to announce an evening of
education and exploration, taking place on Wednesday, February 27th from
6:00-8:30 pm. Ticketholders will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and will
have the chance to network with other show attendees in an open-house
style reception, as well as meet and greet with students and faculty and view
current projects and research studies as they tour the top-of-the-line
laboratories and fabrication facilities. Guided tours of The Nonwovens
Institute will also be taking place, with a limited number of spots available.
Tickets are currently available as an add-on to all registration types, and will
be available for purchase on-site for an increased price. Limited Availability.
Posted October 1, 2018
Techtextil North America 2019, in Raleigh, North Carolina, February 26-28, will be the first edition to name an official academic partner.
North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, located minutes from the Raleigh Convention Center in Downtown Raleigh, serves as a hub for textile research and development and as a primary supplier to the industry talent pipeline nationwide. The College is internationally renowned as a leader in the field of textile education and innovation, and through industry collaboration, aims to be the global leader in textile public-private partnerships.
“We are thrilled about this new endeavor and our first ever official academic partnership with North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles,” said Kristy Meade, Show Director, Technical Shows: Textiles, Sewn Products, Equipment and Technology at Messe Frankfurt North America. “Our goal has always been to create a unique experience for all who visit, and Techtextil North America is where professionals from across industries come to cultivate business relationships and learn about the latest developments, technologies and trends hitting the textile industry. Through our collaboration, Techtextil North America 2019 will serve as a direct link between innovators of industry and the next generation of textile professionals, and we hope to create an engaging environment that sparks new ideas, partnerships, and industry growth.”
The multi-faceted partnership aims to benefit the university, the city of Raleigh, and the North American textile industry in a myriad of ways:
“The College of Textiles at NC State University is proud to be the first academic partner for Techtextil North America,” said David Hinks, Ph.D., Dean and Cone Mills Professor of Textile Chemistry, College of Textiles at NC State University. “Throughout our 119-year journey our College has been committed to catalyzing growth and innovation across the entire textiles enterprise. Our world-renowned faculty and staff recruit and prepare the future leaders of our industry, conduct applied research and development, inspire entrepreneurs and provide comprehensive professional education and workforce development that attracts new investment locally and nationally. We are also committed to knowledge transfer and inspiring collaboration. Our partnership with Techtextil North America is an ideal way to achieve our joint goal of advancing the textile industry.”
The College of Textiles offers unparalleled hands-on, science-based textile education through two departments, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management and Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science. Textiles faculty have established groundbreaking interdisciplinary centers and institutes: The Nonwovens Institute and the Textile Protection and Comfort Center. The Zeis Textiles Extension department meets a high-demand for professional training and fabrication and testing services by offering programs for entrepreneurs and start-up companies as well as multinational corporations.
The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), also located on the NC State campus, has experienced remarkable growth, opening a new 40,000-sq.ft. facility in 2017 for SpunMelt and Hydroentangling.
While NC State continues to be a driving force of economic development in North Carolina, the state leads the nation in manufacturing of textile yarns and fabrics. In the past two years, companies from around the world have begun or expanded operations in rural North Carolina, bringing hundreds of new jobs and investing more than $100 million — largely due to access to superior textiles education, research and development, as well as proximity to the best textiles workforce in the nation: College of Textiles graduates.
For more information on the upcoming edition of Techtextil North America, February 26-28, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina, please visit www.techtextilna.com.
Posted August 10, 2018
The sixteenth edition of Techtextil North America announces the 2019 premier trade show for technical textiles and nonwovens will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The relocation to Raleigh brings the show back to the heart of the North American Textile Industry, with drive-in access for many leading global companies and within minutes of one of the best airports in the US, Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
North Carolina’s rich history in textile production dates back to the 1800s and today serves as the location of several of the most important global textile companies, industry associations and educational resources. North Carolina leads the U.S. in the textile mill industry with over 700 textile manufacturing establishments and over 42,000 industry workers.
In addition, North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, located in downtown Raleigh, serves as a hub for textile research and development and as a primary supplier to the industry talent pipeline nationwide.
“We are thrilled to announce Raleigh as the Destination City for Techtextil North America 2019,” said Dennis Smith, President, Messe Frankfurt North America. “Not only is North Carolina an international hub for industry and innovation in textiles, but the city of Raleigh has become one of the fastest growing, more forward-thinking in the nation. Techtextil North America 2019 aims to provide a regional platform for the global textile industry to conduct business, and the concentration of companies, associations, and educational institutions in the area makes Raleigh the perfect location for our exhibitors and visitors to come together to do so.”
Posted March 7, 2018
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IFAI Expo 2018 was the first show under IFAI's new CEO/President Steve Schiffman. In a quick conversation on the first day, Mr. Schiffman thought event attendance was on target with the expectation of a 500 increase over the 4500 total participants (counting both exhibitors and visitors) they had in 2017 in New Orleans. Similarly, a conversation with one of the managers of ACMA, a partner in CAMX, said their pre-registration had already topped the 6500 they had last year in Orlando. (Keep in mind, though, the 2017 CAMX show had to be rescheduled from September to December because of Hurricane Irma.) Click here to read more about the shows. Posted October 19, 2018
Positive Reviews but Still Uncertainty. On November 16, 2018, two of the US textile industry associations testified before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in a special hearing to determine the economic impact of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The leaders of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) provided statements on how they feel the new agreement will affect their member companies.
The two organizations clearly have different biases; however, in looking over the AAFA and NCTO statements, it appears to me that while the organizations both clearly said they were not offering an endorsement yet of the agreement, they gave general overall approval for USMCA, acknowledging the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needed updating. Both organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude to more fully look at how the agreement impacts the complex supply chain of textiles and apparel. [Click here to continue.]
Posted November 21, 2018
NAFTA Replacement Agreement Negotiated. On October 1, President Donald Trump announced the US, Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement whichreplaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect in 1994. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions and language that has an impact on the technical textiles industry; the most important are 1) a special section covering textiles and apparel and 2) rules of origin that will require 75% of automotive content (under NAFTA 62.5%) be made in North America. Mexico and Canada are the two largest importers of US made technical textiles and the automotive industry is the largest intended end market of these technical textiles. Click here to go to the United States Trade Representative's website and read the "Textiles and Apparel Goods" chapter. Posted October 3, 2018
Fiber Publication Acquired. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, today announced the acquisition of two leading industry publications: International Filtration News and International Fiber News. The association purchased the publications from International Media Group, Inc., based in Tempe, Az., USA. The purchase price and terms were not disclosed. The publications each have circulations of 8,000-plus domestic and international readers and have served their readers for over three decades. Both are published six times a year in print and digital formats. The acquisitions will expand INDA’s reach and relevance in the key markets the print and digital publications serve with a particular emphasis on the filtration and separation segment as INDA launches its new FiltXpo event to be held in Chicago every 18 months starting February 26-28, 2020. Click here to read the INDA press release on the purchase. Posted October 2, 2018
Are you looking for a quick understanding of the China technical textiles industry? Through our special relationship with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and their China Textile publication, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to post the English-translation of the recently issued "Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry, 2017." The report covers the different levels of the industry, geographic export demographics, and forecast the needs in the major end market applications. Click here to read the report in our China Textile website section. Posted June 18, 2018
I am pleased to announce the second part of my report 2018 State of the U.S.Technical Textiles Industry has been published by Textile World magazine.
This first part features a general industry overview, plus an evaluation of the status and impact of US trade positions.
The second part, featured in the April/May issue will cover major end markets for technical textiles such as automotive and military.
Click here to go to the Textile World website to download a copy.
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