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Techtextil North America Shows Continued Growth with 2017 Edition

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.


Tech Talks


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.


Attendee Statements


“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

(40 percent).


For more information, please visit our website at:


Posted May 24, 2017

Graduate Student Poster Program Presents Advanced Technologies

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

“Tech Talks”

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.

Learn more about the Spesa Conference

Posted April 17, 2017

Record Breaking Year for Exhibitors at Techtextil North America in the Odd Year

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

technical textiles.


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: USA

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.


German Pavilion

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: Two Messe Frankfurt, Inc. Shows Recognized as Top 250 US Tradeshows in 2016 

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

Applications Being Accepted for Graduate Student Poster Program Displays at Techtextil North America 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

Techtextil North America: Techtextil North America’s Registration is Now Open

New Programs to be Highlighted in Chicago

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.


Program Highlights:


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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Coming Events

  • 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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In My Opinion

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In My Opinion

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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.


Steve Warner


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