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Co-located Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas returned to Atlanta with interactive, educational programming facilitated by leading industry experts from across the globe.
Exhibitors and visitors alike impressed with level of traffic, quality of conversations
Cooling fabrics, smart light technology, recycled fibers, 3D body scanning, and cloud connected smart machines were just some of the highlights during the fifteenth edition of Techtextil North America, and fourth Texprocess Americas that took place May 22-24, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The co-located events brought together the latest innovators in technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products, equipment, and technology.
The events brought 567 Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas exhibitors representing 32 countries, while total attendance grew to 8,292, roughly a 4% increase* over the 2016 events. Country pavilions included Italy, Texclubtec, Belgium, China, Taiwan, High-Tex from Germany, and SEAMS Made in USA. The co-located events once again returned strong numbers, and continue on their path of consistent growth in the quality and amount of visitors and exhibitors over the past editions.
“It was clear that everyone, both visitors and exhibitors, could feel the energy and excitement on the show floor,” stated Dennis Smith, President & CEO, Messe Frankfurt Inc., “We are proud to serve as the platform for furthering the growth and development of the North American technical textile and sewn products industries. There is an immense amount of talent and innovation coming from the US, and Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have become the premier events where professionals from all industries come to see the trends and technologies that are coming their way. We are truly grateful for the large network of exhibiting and visiting companies responsible for the growth of these two events, and we look forward to our continued success together, next in our 2019 edition of Techtextil North America in Raleigh, North Carolina and then back in Atlanta for the 2020 co-located events. ”
Educational Program 2018
With 18 paid symposium sessions (including two bonus Lunch N‘ Learn sessions) being held throughout the first and second day and complimentary sessions taking place on the show floor, the co-located events were buzzing with visitors and speakers discussing new technology, game-changing research and cross-industry collaborations. Among the topics presented, smart textiles, wearables and the future of the technology that powers them proved to be top of mind for many attendees. In addition, how automation, robotics and connected machines are contributing to the industry‘s evolution made an evident impression on both visitors and exhibitors alike.
“This year's symposium was definitely worth our company's time and money. It has been really interesting to learn about the communication between the industries and how they are working together to make sure there are no blind spots,” said Sharon Tedesco, symposium attendee from Abigail & Company in Cottonwood, California.
“The focus on Industry 4.0 - the communication between the fabrics, the machine, the human, the CAD, the entire system -- has really been interesting."
USA: Miguel Ferrer, President of the Kiko Sewing Machine Co., attends the show every year, usually with clients in-tow: “The show never ceases to amaze me. There is always something new to learn about and a new technology to see. I really like the Made in America movement this year, as we are seeing a lot of jeans factories opening up in Los Angeles again.”
Nicaragua: Francisco Diaz, visiting on behalf of Hansae International said: “We come to see the newest innovations that are coming out in the garment industry and learn how we can use them in our factories. This year's show was definitely worth the trip.’
USA: Devin Steele, Publisher of eTextile Communications, reflected on his experience as a journalist covering the industry: “I have been covering these textile shows for over 20 years, and this is probably the best one I’ve seen, let me rephrase that, this is THE best textile trade show I have attended in terms of serious conversations, the quality of visitors, the sheer attendance numbers and number of exhibitors in at least 15 years in the US. ”
USA: Joel Elam, Sales Engineer, Sales Engineer, Card Clothing & Services, Inc., stated: “This show has been very solid. The first day we had many contacts come into the booth from all over the world. It has been a very positive show - a beautiful layout with lots of new equipment, products and a lot of interest from visitors in what's next for the textile industry. For us, this has been a very positive experience.”
USA: Daniella Ambrogi, Vice President of Marketing, Lectra, stated: “This show is a great opportunity for us to showcase our new technology. This year has been a busy show and we've had a great turnout of visitors. We are happy to be here.”
Germany: Rene Gotolle, Training Manager, ZSK Technical Embroidery Systems said: “We started with the show many years ago exhibiting in Frankfurt. But Atlanta has become really important for us because we make so many connections with different companies across industries, so we always make sure to be here.”
USA: Dave Gardner, Managing Director, SPESA and the co-Producer of Texprocess Americas said: “The 2018 edition of Texprocess Americas was phenomenal… a collaboration of suppliers and manufacturers who came together to showcase and experience the latest innovations and trends influencing today’s sewn products industry... SPESA expects Texprocess Americas 2020 to be even bigger and better as the industry continues to embrace the latest advances to increase production and speed.”
Techtextil North America 2019
The sixteenth edition of Techtextil North America, the only trade show in the Americas dedicated to technical textiles and nonwovens, will take place February 26-28, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas 2020
Messe Frankfurt Inc. is pleased to announce the show dates for Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas which will take place May 12-14, 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Techtextil North America is Incorporated with ATME-I. Texprocess Americas is Co-produced by SPESA.
*Percent increase based on total number of attendees from Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas only. 2016 attendance number used for comparison excludes JEC Americas attendees.
Sixty-six companies from the German textile, textile-machinery and garment-technology industries will make presentations at the ‘High-Tex from Germany’ exhibition within the framework of the Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas trade fairs in Atlanta from 22 to 24 May 2018. ‘High-Tex from Germany’ is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi) and the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (Messeausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. – AUMA). Elaborately designed and covering an area of more than 1,300 square metres, the exhibition shows textile innovations ‘made in Germany’ from the fields of technical textiles, nonwovens, textile-processing machines, smart textiles and textile research. Additionally, the exhibitors will introduce their products and services in lectures, demonstrations and multi-media presentations at the ‘Plaza’.
“The USA is one of the most important export markets for German textile companies. For us as representatives of the German textile sector, the joint presentation within the framework of ´High-Tex from Germany´ is a great opportunity to cultivate existing contacts in the USA and to make new ones. With this exhibition, we are bringing our technologies to our customers in the USA”, says Marc Lorch, Member of the Board of Zwissler Holding and Exhibitor President of the participating companies.
Technical textiles for all fields
Today, technical textiles are to be found in virtually every field of human endeavour. In Atlanta, the German manufacturers of high-performance textiles and fibres taking part will show the complete spectrum of applications, from the automobile industry, via architecture, to personal protective equipment.
With their Gertex and Zoeppritex divisions, Zwisstex and other exhibitors will present the latest fabrics and technologies for laminating, backing and coating, primarily for the automobile sector. At Kufner, trade visitors from the outdoor, fashion and sports industries will find insoles and, at Südwolle, technical yarns. Also in the field of functional apparel are the flame-resistant textiles by Pyrotex, which can also be found in the automobile and aviation sectors, in architecture and building, as well as in contract textiles. Additionally, a start-up, Lunative Laboratories, will show LED hoodies. Technical textiles for the automobile and aviation sectors also come from Curt Bauer. New developments in the nonwoven field will be shown by several exhibitors including Frenzelit, Polyvlies, Sandler, Smart Polymer and Tenowo.
From CAD/CAM to embroidery: a wide range of machines
The range of exhibits in the textile-machine segment and machines for processing technical textiles covers the entire textile manufacturing and processing chain: processing nonwovens is one of the core specialities of Autefa Solutions. Expert International present CAD/CAM technologies. JBF Maschinenbau stands, inter alia, for textile machines for processing yarns, twine, ropes and ribbons. Georg Sahm, Dietze and Schell Maschinenfabrik will show the latest bobbin-winding machines while Dornier presents weaving technologies. Cutting machines will be shown by Schoen and Sandt Machinery. Exhibitors in the field of high-performance sewing machines include RSG Automation Technics and Strobel Spezialmaschinen. Everything revolves around embroidery at ZSK Stickmaschinen. Machines for fixing, backing, scattering and ironing are core areas of expertise of Maschinenfabrik Herbert Meyer. High-precision textile dressing and coating are the focal points of A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, Benninger Zell and Olbrich.
The exhibition spectrum also includes textile aids, measuring and control technology and testing services.
Visitors can also obtain information about current research projects from the German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research (DITF), the Association of the Finishing, Yarns, Woven Fabrics and Technical Textiles Industry (IVGT), the Tübingen-Reutlingen-Zollernalb location agency and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.
Agenda with New Features & Programs Adds Value and Deepens Industry Reach
Registration for the 15th edition of Techtextil North America, and the fourth edition of Texprocess Americas is now open. The 2018 events will take place May 22-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The co-located shows are known for creating a dynamic synergy between industries, and show the largest technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment offering in the United States.
The events bring together product innovators, industry associations and research institutions to deliver a robust offering of networking and educational opportunities. With 500+ exhibiting companies, international media outlets and pavilions representing Germany, Italy, Taiwan, Belgium, China and Supply Chain USA to name a few, both visitors and exhibitors alike gain exposure to new opportunities and outlets to market their businesses.
The co-located events will bring decision makers from all of the major industries that touch technical textiles, sewn products, their equipment and technology together in one place to experience the latest in innovation. Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas are expected to draw visitors in the realm of top industry executives, buyers, engineers, technical directors, plant managers, product development managers, and more.
The 2016 events hosted over 500 exhibitors from 33 countries attracting over 9,000 visitors.
“Each year, the co-location of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas provides a diverse offering of products, services and technologies that represent the entire value chain for technical textiles and sewn products. We look forward to returning to Atlanta with an expanded show agenda and even more features and networking opportunities for visitors to take advantage of,” said Dennis Smith, President of Messe Frankfurt, Inc.
Press Tour: During Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, organized tours will be conducted to visit exhibitor booths who have submitted exceptional new technologies and products. Photographers and journalists from a variety of trade press will be invited to attend, and follow-up activities facilitated by the Show Team to ensure maximum exposure.
Premier Symposia: The highly-acclaimed symposia give 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, advancements in nonwovens, new technology and its integration across industries, manufacturing and reshoring, cutting and sewing floor innovations, testing and regulatory expectations, and more.
Graduate Program: A must visit show floor attraction is the annual Graduate Student Poster Program Posters. Graduate students from around the world will have a platform to share their research findings with peers and potential employers/sponsors. Students have the ability to present their research in front of a captive audience during the three days of Tech Talks, which whill be located on the floor of each show.
Networking Reception: For the first time in show history, Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will hold a joint reception open to both exhibitors and visitors. With the goal of encouraging more networking and business interactions across shows, the reception will take place on the evening of Wednesday, May 23rd and provide ticketholders with food, drinks and entertainment. Tickets are currently available as an add-on to all registration types, and will be available for purchase on-site for an increased price.
Visitors wanting to attend the 2018 event can register online at https://messefrankfurtttnatpa18.expotracker.net/Registration.aspx
Early bird registration is $50 for a 3-day exhibition hall pass and $450 or $600 for a 1 or 2 day symposium pass until May 20, 2018. Visitors are encouraged to register in advance to ensure minimal wait times on-site for their badge. Networking Reception does have a capacity limit, so all parties are encouraged to purchase tickes in advance. Additional information on the 2018 co-located event including hotel information, can be found at www.techtextilNA.com or www.TexprocessAmericas.com
Techtextil North America is Incorporated with ATME-I.
Texprocess Americas is Co-produced by SPESA.
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition site. More than 2,300 employees in 30 locations achieve an annual turnover of almost 647 million euros. Thanks to far-reaching networks with industry and an international sales network, the corporate group is able to efficiently support the business interests of its customers. A comprehensive service offer, both on site and online, guarantees customers across the world the same high quality and flexibility in the planning, organisation and realisation of their event. The variety of services it offers range from site rental, trade fair construction and marketing services to personal services and gastronomy. The headquarters of the company are located in Frankfurt am Main. Its shareholders are the City of Frankfurt with 60 per cent and the State of Hesse with 40 percent. More information: www.messefrankfurt.com
Messe Frankfurt North America is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Messe Frankfurt North America produces nine shows within the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition to Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, the North American portfolio of events includes Canadian Waste & Recycling, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, International Apparel Sourcing Show and Texworld USA, INA PAACE
Posted December 5, 2017
The largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas will be held May 22-24, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Industry experts will gather together for the Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Symposiums to share their research and advancements with visitors from across the globe.
The events are once again co-located on one show floor, creating a dynamic synergy for exhibitors and visitors alike. Each badge will permit entrance to both shows, granting visitors access to a vast array of products, technologies and solutions from areas in technical textiles, durable nonwovens, sewn product equipment, software, and more. The 2018 Symposium programs are currently being developed by leading industry experts to provide the latest product innovations, machinery and processes across verticals – with insights into industry trends, challenges brought on by emerging technology and how to keep stride in an ever-growing, global business landscape.
The Symposiums will each run eight paid educational sessions over the course of the three day event, with the opportunity for additional, complimentary bonus sessions to be announced in conjunction with trade show floor activities. Throughout the conference, visitors will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts on topics pertaining to, but not limited to: smart textiles, advancements in nonwovens, new technology and its integration, manufacturing and reshoring, cutting and sewing floor techniques, testing and regulatory expectations, and more.
Techtextil North America Symposium Advisory Council Board Members: Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Institute; Margaret Bishop, Fashion Institute of Technology; Magali Brown, NICCA Chemicals; Sam Buff, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College; Dr. Wei Gao, North Carolina State University; Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, The Nonwovens Institute; and, Dr. Gang Sun, University of California, Davis . For complete bios on these speakers click here.
Texprocess Americas Symposium Advisory Council Board Members: Mel Berzack, Sewn Products Equipment Co.; Yoram Burg, EFI OptiTex USA, Inc.; Mike Fralix, [TC]²; Dave Gardner, SPESA; Ed Gribbon, Alvanon, Inc.; Mark Hatton, American & Efird; Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc.; Kilara Le, LMI Consulting; Nina McCormack, Dürkopp Adler America, Inc.; and, Sam Simpson, Gerber Technology, Inc.
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July 18-19: Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo, Greenville, S.C., USA
July 23-26: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Denver, Co., USA
July 24-27: Intermediate Nonwovens Training Course, Cary, N.C., USA
September 4-6: Cinte Techtextil China 2018, Shangai, China
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
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.
Steve Warner, Publisher
The joint owners of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 textile machinery exhibition have announced new dates for the 6th combined showcase to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China. The new dates are October 15-19, 2018. According to show owners CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC), the shift in the exhibition dates is due to a new national initiative, which affected the scheduling of all events at the exhibition center in October. [Note: BeaverLake6 Report is an industry media partner for the show.] Posted February 11, 2018
In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.
I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.
As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.
Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.
What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry.
Posted November 3, 2017
Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.
The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...
June 29. 2017
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:
BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017
Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017
In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.
So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.
Posted January 17, 2016
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