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the organizer of 2018 Techtextil North America.
Co-located Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas return to Atlanta with interactive, educational programming facilitated by leading industry experts from across the globe.
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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January 18-19: Tent Conference 2018, Mesa Ariz., USA
January 19-20: NECPA Annual Convention 2018, Worcester, Mass., USA
January 23-24: The International Conference on Composites for Performance in Sports and Recreation, Long Beach, Calif., USA
January 23-26: 40th SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
January 24-26: ASTM D35 Geosynthetices Committee, New Orleans, La., USA
January 21-23: Intersec 2018, Dubai. U.A.E.
January 25-27: 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference, Savannah, Ga., USA
January 25-28: Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
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
There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom.
In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017
2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016
Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.
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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