IFAI expo to include Advanced Textiles program
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IFAI expo to include Advanced Textiles program
Mar '17
The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced an expanded Advanced Textiles (AT) program for its annual expo scheduled for September 26-29 in the US. It will feature additions to the annual AT Conference, programming bonuses and a new Smart Fabrics Program and will offer four tracks in military, medical, testing and smart fabrics.

"The Advanced Textiles industry is vitally important to the future of the textile industry as a whole. Our emphasis on Advanced Textiles at IFAI Expo is growing and will continue growing for the foreseeable future," said Mary Hennessy, president/CEO, IFAI.

The Smart Fabrics program is designed to channel the excitement around smart fabrics into new product development while also giving attendees access to experts, materials and education, facilitating new partnerships, discussions and ideas, showcasing innovative suppliers to the e-textiles market and creating common understandings among industry segments.

The E-Textiles Workshop is a new addition to the Expo AT lineup includes several new elements including Beginners' Kits, which will allow those new to the field to assemble simple e-textiles devices with expert guidance right in the workshop, a Hackathon/Design Challenge for more advanced participants.

IFAI Expo will also offer a Testing Program, in cooperation with the North Carolina State University College of Textiles, supported by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). It will feature two certificate options plus demonstrations and Q&A for new market segments.

IFAI Expo 2017 will feature new Mentor Meetings, dedicated to connecting attendees with independent experts. Mentors in product development, intellectual property, knitting, environmental law, nonwovens, supply chain, e-textiles, advanced textile development, design, wet processing, comfort, protection, fire retardancy and other sectors will be available for 30-minute meetings to answer questions and give confidential advice about how to proceed in today's market. These meetings are open to any participant or exhibitor at IFAI Expo 2017. (KD)

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