Performance Fibers CEO named as keynote speaker at Techtextil North America Symposium
4th December 2008, Atlanta, GA
Performance Fiber's CEO, Richard C. Brown, will present the keynote address "Adapting to Changing Times” at the Techtextil North America Symposium being held April 21-23, 2009 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The address will focus on how the fibre industry has changed and how companies adjust to changes in order to remain competitive. Other topics in the opening session will include global participation, the state of the manufacturing industry in North America, and a look at the current state of the industry.
Held concurrently with the exhibition, the symposium will contain thirteen sessions with more than 65 presentations in a variety of formats that will cover a wide range of topics from composites, automotive, defence textiles and nanotechnology to performance textiles and materials technology.
"I am confident in the success of the upcoming Techtextil North America in Las Vegas," comments Bill Smith, Symposium Director. "Though we are certainly in tough economic times, most individuals I speak with are still upbeat. Some are even reporting record sales while others are new suppliers entering the market. And the chance to expose in greater detail our industry to those in the Western part of the United States is receiving a growing enthusiasm."
Buildtech / Architecture
Led by Dr. Barbara Pause, President of Textile Texting Solutions, this session will delve into the new developments of technical textiles in use for building and architecture. This is a fast growing segment of the industry and applications in this field are becoming more sophisticated and setting new design standards.
Introduction to Technical Textile Markets
For the first time ever there will be a session for those who are new to the industry which will provide a general introduction to technical textiles with an international team of presenters. This special session presents ideas and methods learned from several international conferences on the subject by the staff of International Newsletters.
Military / Defence Textiles
This topic has always been one of the most successful in the history of the symposium and will once again be led by Eugene Wilusz, Ph.D. from Natick Soldier RD&E Center. The 2009 program will present an update on many new developments for the military that may be applicable for commercial use.
Composites / Aerospace
A fast growing major sub-set of technical textiles involving materials ranging from commercial products to ballistic protection to aerospace. This program will include information on the growing use of composites in products, including carbon and new materials and techniques. One topic will feature the growing use of structural composites in aircraft such as the Airbus 380 and the Boeing Dreamliner.
There will be two sessions specifically dedicated to the nonwovens field. The first will focus on new technical techniques for improved performance. The second will explore the increase of the use of nonwoven fabrics in a broad range of technical textile areas.
Technical Textiles Research
A special program of the symposium which involves a fresh look at some of the research being conducted by various universities, institutions and laboratories. Dr. Seshardri S. Ramkumar from Texas Tech University will lead this session that he will help finalize in early 2009 so as to ensure that the most relevant research is presented.
Performance / Protection Textiles
The performance and protection areas are typical of fields where new and improved features of materials make for more effective end uses. Often, this results in the creation of new markets. These application areas benefit from many of the developments and new technologies in other fields. Consequently, better leisure and performance products, as well as superior protection from the elements and life threatening hazards can be achieved.
Other sessions include: Materials Technology; Nanotechnolgy in Textiles; Automotive / Mobiletech; and Medical Textiles.
For a full Techtextil North America Symposium 2009 schedule and additional information on each of the sessions, visit www.techtextilNA.com
SOURCE: Techtextil North America
Author: Billy Hunter