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the organizer of 2017 Techtextil North America.
Posted July 11, 2017
The fourteenth edition of Techtextil North America took place June 20-
22, 2017 at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois.
This was the fifth edition of Techtextil North America hosted outside of
Atlanta, held in the even years, and the first of its kind in Chicago. The
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place provided a beautiful backdrop of
the Chicago skyline while over 3,000 attendees networked with
producers, manufacturers and finishers from across the world over the
course of the three-day event.
The two in one event, co-located with JEC Americas’ Future of
Composites in Construction, resulted in the largest technical textiles,
nonwovens, textile machinery, and composites show in the United
States this year - facilitating an active exchange of ideas and new
partnerships across industries.
The 2017 Techtextil North America show hosted 167 exhibitors from
16 countries. The co-located event with JEC Americas attracted 3,096
visitors from around the world representing Apple, Tesla, Reebok and
“We are pleased to announce that this year’s Techtextil North
America, hosted in Chicago, Illinois, resulted in a 40% increase in
attendance over the 2015 edition. Over the course of three days, the
event garnered a dynamic audience – with visitors from geographies
and verticals not represented at previous editions of the show. This
significant growth in attendance indicates the industry’s increasing
demand for international networking opportunities, and we are proud
to provide a forum that facilitates new business relationships and
encourages global innovation for the textile industry,” said Dennis
Smith, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt North America.
Techtextil North America 2017 saw a 15% increase in total number of
exhibitors over the 2015 edition held in Houston, Texas, with 60%
growth in space rented by overseas exhibitors.
World-Class Symposium 2017
A regular feature to the Techtextil North America show schedule, the
much anticipated Symposium, this year boasted five sessions with 23
industry expert presentations that covered the topics of advancements
in manufacturing and waste minimization, innovations in automotive
design, smart textiles and wearables, and overcoming talent sourcing
challenges in the industry.
As an addition to the paid sessions, a complimentary joint session
was held in collaboration with JEC Americas focusing on technical
textiles and composites in building and construction applications.
This year, Messe Frankfurt partnered with the Nonwovens Institute to
bring a new feature to the show floor. Tech Talks were complimentary
sessions with first come, first serve seating powered by the
Nonwovens Institute. In addition to sessions on filtration, safety and
transportation presented by Dave Nelson, the Nonwovens Institute’s
Director of Industry Engagement, graduate student Poster Program
participants had the opportunity to present their research on the show
floor, giving attendees and exhibitors a glance at the ideas and talent
coming from the top textile programs in the country.
“I've been impressed with the diversity of suppliers at the show. I've
met with companies from around the globe and am happy to see
representation from countries like Germany and China, as well as
companies focusing on American made products. We're looking for
durable and disposable nonwovens and have been very pleased.”
- Fred Langdon, Senior Engineer, Proctor & Gamble
“The symposium sessions were informative and interesting. It’s good
to see where technology is going. I regularly attend this show in the
US and Frankfurt and always get a lot out of the sessions. I am
looking forward to next year.”
- Lisa Paige, Technical Lead Engineer, ArjoHuntleigh
Exhibitors were pleased with the show’s Midwest location and
high quality of attendees:
“FIT's Global Fashion Management students – who are also
professionals in industry – were impressed with the diversity of
specialties represented among the show’s attendees. For such a short
period of time, the show provided a great deal of value.”
- Pamela Ellsworth, Associate Professor and Chairperson for
the Global Fashion Management Program, Fashion Institute of Technology
“We were very pleased with this year's show. Due to fewer exhibitors,
we were able to get more attention. We had visitors nonstop for three
days - existing customers, new customers, customers bringing their
contacts to our booth. We were also able to form relationships with
other exhibitors, providing a lot of new project opportunities. We are
really happy with the turnout.”
- Dominique Quintal, Vice President of Sales & Marketing,
“Techtextil (North America) gives Bostik the opportunity to showcase
our technical solutions for an evolving textile market while meeting
with industry professionals.”
- Igor Leclere, Business Director for the Americas Industrial
Adhesives Unit, Bostik
Techtextil North America 2018
The fifteenth edition of Techtextil North America, the only trade show
in the Americas dedicated to technical textiles and nonwovens, will be
co-located with Texprocess Americas, May 22-24, 2018 at the
Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Techtextil North America
and Texprocess Americas are set to attract upwards of 9,000 visitors,
an estimated 500+ exhibitors and feature a symposium schedule with
120+ speakers from across the industry spectrum.
For more information, please visit
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organizers,
generating around €545 million in sales and employing some 2,000
people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of
28 subsidiaries and around 50 international sales partners, allowing it
to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries. Messe
Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the
Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its
international sales network, the Group looks after the business
interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of
services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide
enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organizing
and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting
exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel
and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is publicly
owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse
For more information, please visit our website at:
Posted May 24, 2017
Techtextil North America Presents Exciting Features in
Techtextil North America 2017 prepares to open its doors in less than
a month at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center June 20, 22, 2017.
This year’s show focuses on functional textiles, nonwovens, smart
textiles in connected cars, technology, equipment and much more.
Techtextil North America will once again be hosting a co-location with
JEC Group and their show The Future of Composites in Construction
on the same show floor.
2017 Graduate Poster Program
The 2017 Graduate Student Poster Program will be represented by
top textile Universities from around the United States. As leading
scholars studying in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens, 10
students will be presenting their graduate study research on the show
floor at Techtextil North America.
The goal of this program is to provide a forum in which students can
present and discuss their latest research on advanced technologies in
textiles, nonwovens and materials work during its initial stages, meet
some of their peers who have related interests, and introduce
themselves to more senior members of the field.
Focus Areas Included:
Nonwovens: Fibers, Polymers, Nanofibers, Functionalization,
Medical and hygiene, Wipes, Filtration, Automotive
Technical Textiles: Composites, Nanotechnology, Smart Fabrics,
Geosynthetics, Safety and Protective, High Performance, Automotive,
Medical, ElectroTextiles, Coated Fabrics
Graduate Students Participating in The Poster Program:
Alexander Kolbasov - University of Illinois at Chicago
Anuradha Gupta and Abdel Fattah M. Seyam - North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, NC
Apurba Banerjee - University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Chris Staszel - University of Illinois at Chicago
Elizabeth C. Claunch, Kara J. Peters, Abdel Fattah M. Seyam - North
Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Jessica Appelstein, Qing Huang, and Mario Perez - Global Fashion
Management, The School of Graduate Studies, Fashion Institute of
Lauren Tolbert McCoy - University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Souvick Chatterjee, Uddalok Sen - University of Illinois at Chicago
Features Not to Be Missed
For the first time Techtextil North America will host “Tech Talks”
Powered by the Nonwoven Institute. For three days, the Nonwoven’s
Institute will host complimentary daily mini sessions on Nonwovens in
Transportation, Safety and Filtration as well as 9 graduate students
will also be presenting their research. These sessions are first come
first serve and will be held on the show floor. To view the Tech Talks
schedule, click here.
Joint Complimentary Session with JEC Group
Join your industry peers in a joint session with JEC Group focusing on
the collaboration of technical textiles and composites in Construction.
On June 21, 2017 from 1PM – 2PM three highly acclaimed speakers
will take the stage to present on Textile reinforced cement, Ceiling
insulation applications developed from waste fibers, and the study of
composite sandwich renovation panels. The Session is free to all
visitors and exhibitors. View Schedule here.
SPESA Hosts Coinciding Conference
The 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference
will be held on June 20, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The
Conference will focus on 'Understanding the Technology of Things'
(ToT) in the manufacturing of sewn products and flexible materials.
Understanding ToT will help transform the entire manufacturing
process which will enable higher productivity at lower costs.
Posted April 17, 2017
Meet new exhibitors from the German Pavilion
Only 2 more months until the doors open to Techtextil North America 2017
in Chicago, Illinois. The 2017 exhibitor list proves to be the best show held
outside of Atlanta yet! With over 151 exhibitors from 17 countries and
growing the 2017 show is a record breaking year.
Highlighted below are a sampling of new exhibitors to our show floor.
AG Cilander: Switzerland
Swiss textile finishing and coating company with experience in fashion and
Color Service Srl: Italy
Color Service was founded in 1987 and is the world leader in the production
of automatic dosing systems for the textile industry.
GTI Graphic Technology, Inc.: USA
GTI’s viewing systems conform to ASTM D1729, SAE J361, and BS-950 Part
2 standards. The product offering ranges from desktop viewers to color
harmony rooms. All products are manufactured at our Newburgh, NY
headquarters. An in-house spectroradiometric laboratory and 100%
measurement and verification production process guarantees accuracy in all
Guangzhou Xibo Chemical Technology Co., Ltd. (Sileather): China
Sileather™ is a new type of performance leather made of 100% silicone.
With the unique advantages of silicone, they offer the world a better
solution of eco-friendly, easy to clean, weatherproof and highly durable
performance fabrics that can be applied in various markets: interior/exterior
design, transportation, healthcare, hospitality, marine, etc.
Taconic produces high performance PTFE coated fiberglass fabrics, tapes
and belts for a diverse range of applications, wherever there is a need for
high temperature and non stick properties. Our worldwide staff includes
R&D engineers who can help solve your most difficult challenges. We are
finding a better way.
This year the German Pavilion, organized by the Federal Ministry for
Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in cooperation with AUMA _Association
of the German Trade Fair Industry will host 25 exhibitors at this years’ event
in Chicago. Highlighted below are a sampling of the new exhibitors you will
see in Techtextil North America’s German Pavilion.
Eschler Technical Textiles Ltd.:
Eschler Technical Textiles Ltd., a member of the Schoeller Textiles group,
stands for customized and sustainable developed warp knitted textiles for a
variety of applications such as Medical Textiles, Expo, Cleaning Textiles,
Special Textiles und Base Layers. Our German production site, has been
considered as a competent partner for many years when innovative warpknitted
technical textiles are requested.
Gruschwitz Textilwerke AG:
Gruschwitz has a more than 200 years track record as supplier for yarns
focusing on twisted, winded or coated threads. Covering a huge range of
yarns from natural, chemical and high-tech fibers Gruschwitz is able to
select a tailormade process according to the customer´s challenge.
Customers are supported by pilot plants and a development and testing
laboratory. Gruschwitz provides solutions for a wide range of industries
covering e.g. Mobiltech, Medtech, Aerotech, Indutech and Sewtech.
Inspiring Engineering – Convincing Technology! OLBRICH is your system
supplier of intelligent machine and line concepts for the production of web
products such as wallpaper, floor coverings, film/foils and technical textiles.
Posted March 29, 2017
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have joined the exclusive list of top trade shows. Both shows were named 2016 Trade Show News Networks (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States.
TSNN, a leading news and online resource for the trade show, exhibition and event industry, gathers information from show management and available data to annually rank the shows by net square footage.
Techtextil North America ranked #229 with a NSF of 54,133 and Texprocess Americas ranked #236 with a NSF of 61,583 on the Top 250 US Tradeshow List. The co-located shows attracted more than 519 leading exhibitors in the technical textile, nonwovens, sewn products equipment and software industry sector. Every even year Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas are one of the most anticipated events in the industry bringing together over 8,000+ visitors from around the world to Atlanta to network, expand and create new business.
"Making the Top 250 Trade Show List shows the strength of this most important industry we serve, commented Dennis Smith, President & CEO, Messe Frankfurt, Inc. This accomplishment is shared with our dedicated exhibitors, visitors and industry partners and the talented staff at MFI."
The Georgia World Congress Center will host the next co-located Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas May 22-24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Techtextil North America 2016 is Incorporated with ATME-I and Texprocess Americas is Co-produced by SPESA.
Posted January 23, 2017
Techtextil North America’s 2017 Graduate Student Poster Program is the perfect opportunity for the next generation of technical textile and nonwoven professionals to meet top potential employers as they emerge into the job market. Graduate students have a chance to show off the fruits of their research directly to individuals who would be impacted most. The challenges of finding bright minds to tackle the ever-evolving challenges of the technical textiles industry could be that much easier! Apply to participate in the Graduate Student Poster Program today!
Posted January 8, 2017
Registration for the 14th edition of Techtextil North America has begun. From June 20-22, 2017 the largest technical textile show in North America will be held at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The Future of Composites in Construction, powered by JEC Group previously JEC Americas, is once again co-located in the same hall.
The co-location is projected to draw visitors from top industry executives, buyers, designers, engineers, technical directors, plant managers, product development managers, media and more.
"Techtextil North America and The Future of Composites in Construction, powered by JEC Group will again co-locate in 2017. We’re excited to bring the platform that connects the technical textile and composite industries to the city of Chicago." said Kristy Meade, Show Director – Technical Shows: Textiles, Sewn Products, Equipment and Technology - Messe Frankfurt, Inc.
With exhibitors from around the world, this event will bring decision makers from all of the major industries that touch technical textiles, nonwovens, and composites together in one place to experience the latest in innovation. The 2015 show in Houston, Texas hosted 145 exhibitors from 18 countries attracting over 2,800 visitors.
Press Tour: The 2016 Press Tour was a huge success and we will continue to present exhibitors the opportunity to present to the press their new and innovative products or technologies from the start of 2017. Throughout the three show days, press tours will be conducted to visit specific booths that submit new product information. Photographers and journalist from a variety of trade press will be invited to attend.
Premier Symposium: Visitors can once again expect a top of the line symposium held concurrently with the show floor. For 3 days 25+ expert speakers will present during Techtextil North America.
The Symposium sessions will be moderated by top members of the industry. Visitors will hear from elite speakers who understand how the latest trends in technical textiles will enhance and expand their business. By participating in the following sessions visitors will deepen their knowledge of what is brewing in the industry: Textiles in the Connected Car Ecosystem; Optimizing the design and fabrication of functional fabrics; Smart Textile Product Design; The Technical Textile Industry Talent Challenge; and Part 1. Standards and Certification - Trade Facilitators Part 2. From Lifestyle Equipment to Medical Devices – Standards and Regulatory Expectations.
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. Students have the ability to present their research in front of a captive audience during the 3 days of symposiums as well as during other show floor events.
Tech Talks: Tech Talks powered by the Nonwoven’s Institute is a new program to Techtextil North America. The Nonwoven’s Institute will be hosting each day Tech Talks on the show floor discussing topics such as Geosynthetics, Filtration and more. Top industry experts will be speaking on these subjects and is a complimentary program to all visitors and exhibitors.
Global Booth: Visitors and exhibitors alike cannot miss the Global Booth that is located on the show floor. Visit the booth to learn more about other shows that Messe Frankfurt organizes around the world that can help your business grow.
Visitors wanting to register for the "must-attend" event of 2017 can register online. Early bird registration is $50 for a 3 day show floor pass and $275 or $615 for a pre-registered 1 or 3 day symposium pass until June 19, 2017. Visitors are encouraged to register in advance to ensure minimal wait times on-site for their badge. Additional information on the 2017 co-located event including hotel information, can be found at link here:
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October 22-23: 32nd Annual Meeting of American Flock Association, Novi, Mich., USA
October 24-26: Automotive Interiors Expo 2017, Novi, Mich., USA
October 24-27: Intermediate Nonwovens Training Course, Cary and Raleigh, N.C., USA
October 25-26: Nonwovens Innovation Academy, Chemnitz, Germany
October 26-27: SYFA 2017 Fall Conference, Charlotte, N.C., USA
October 29-31: Graphene Innovation Summit & Expo, Nashville, Tenn., USA
November 6: German Technology Meets US Textile, Charlotte, N.C., USA
November 6-9: 3rd Annual HYGIENIX Conference, Austin, Texas, USA
November 7-9: SPESA Executive Conference, Memphis, Tenn., USA
November 7-8: 2017 RISI Asia Pacifice Hygiene Products Symposium, Shanghai, China
November 8-9: TCL 2017 (Textile Coating and Laminnating Conference), Berlin, Germany
November 8-10: SINCE 2017 (Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference & Exhibition), Shanghai, China
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
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