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Symposium Information

Updated October 2, 2018


Reception & Tours at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles

Techtextil North America and NCSU’s College of Textiles are excited to announce an evening of education and exploration. 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.


Where: College of Textiles, NC State Centennial Campus - 1020 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

When: 6:00 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2018

Attire: Casual

Ticket Information: $50 Pre-Registration, $100 Onsite (limited availability)


New Special Feature Area - The Lab

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.


Symposium Schedule – Speakers will be announced at a later date


Tuesday, February 26

8:00 - 9:30 | Personal Protection in Hazardous Environments with Textiles, moderated by Dr. Roger Barker

10:00 - 11:30 | Advances in Medical Textile Applications, moderated by Dr. Martin King

2:30 - 4:00 | Textiles in Aerospace Applications, moderated by Dr. Philip Bradford


Wednesday, February 27

8:00 - 9:30 | The Smart Textile Ecosystem, Dr. Jses Jur

10:00 - 11:30 | Fiber Innovation: From Concept to Commercialization, moderated by Sam Buff

2:30 - 4:00 | New Developments in Nonwovens, moderated by Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi


Thursday, February 28

9:30 - 11:00 | Industry 4.0: Moving Beyond Smart Manufacturing to a Smart Textile Supply Chain, moderated by Dr. Jeff Joines

The renowned Techtextil North America Symposium will return in 2019 with an amazing lineup of speakers from top research universities & industry leaders. Developed in conjunction with our Official Academic Partner, NCSU's College of Textiles, the 2019 Symposium will feature educational sessions on today's most transformative textile and nonwovens research, product innovations and applications.

Advisory Council

·  Dr. Roger Barker, Profession, North Carolina State University, and Director        of TPACC

·  Dr. Phillip Bradford, Associate Professor, TECS, North Caolina State                  University

·  Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College

·  Dr. Jeff Joines, Department Head and Professor, TECs, North Caolina State      University

·  Dr. Jesse Jur, Associate Professor, Norrth Carolina State University

·  Dr. Martin King, Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University

·  Dr. Benham Pourdehimi, Associate Dean for Industry Research and                  Extension, William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, Executive Director,          The Nonwovens Institute

Symposium 2019 Call for Abstracts

Do you want to present your research or innovative development in front of the top manufacturers, retailers, industry press and more?  Submit an abstract to be considered for the Techtextil North America 2019 Symposium!


Areas of interest include:


New Fiber Technologies


Protective and Military

High Performance Fibers/Fabrics

Automotive & Aerospace Tectiles

Durable Nonwovens

Tensile Structures


Textile Testing & Regulations

Smart Textiles

Medical/Healthcare Textiles

Raw Materials & Sustainability

Industry 4.0

... and more!


Click here to learn more about the program and how to submit an abstract!

Student Research Poster Program

Are you a college student with new, innovative work and research findings related to technical textiles and nonwovens?


The Techtextil North America 2019 Student Research Poster Program, formerly the Graduate Student Poster Program, will be open to undergraduate students, in addition to those currently in pursuit of their Master's or Ph.D. 


Subscribe to the Techtextil North America Newsletter to receive the official Call for Papers and instructions on how to submit your unpublished, technical research to be considered for this opportunity to present your finds on the show floor among industry professionals.  

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Coming Events

  • December 6-8: International Conference on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, New Delhi, India

Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

Media Partners

Final Analysis of IFAI Expo 2018 and CAMX18

IFAI President S. Schiffman

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

NCTO Neglects Automotive Textiles as Organizations Testify          on Proposed USMCA Impact

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.]


Steve Warner


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

State of the Chinese Technical Textiles Markets in 2017

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

Report Published on the US Technical Textiles Industry

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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