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Techtextil NA boasts expanded agenda

In just over one month, the 15th edition of Techtextil North America and the fourth edition of Texprocess Americas will return to Atlanta.

19th April 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Atlanta, GA

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In just over one month, the 15th edition of Techtextil North America and the fourth edition of Texprocess Americas will return to Atlanta, GA. The co-located events will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center and feature over 500 exhibitors, representing all aspects of the technical textiles, nonwovens, sewn products, textile technology and equipment sectors.

In addition to industry-leading companies showcasing their latest products and technological advancements, the joint schedule includes a wealth of special feature and interest areas.

Symposium sessions

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas are each hosting eight symposium sessions with additional bonus opportunities, which will include two lunch n’ learn style sessions, as well as talks held on the show floor. These sessions are presented by industry experts throughout the technical textile, nonwovens and sewn product equipment industries.

Session topics at the Techtextil North America symposium include emerging and new developments in nonwovens, new fibre technologies, smart textiles, and technical textiles: enabling future mobility in electric and smart cars. The Texprocess Americas symposium sessions will cover automation, smart machines and robotics in sewn products manufacturing, wearable tech and textiles, and tariffs, duties and barriers.

Tech Talks

The success of Tech Talks at Techtextil North America 2017 warrants its return in 2018. For three days, the Nonwoven’s Institute will host complimentary daily mini sessions covering innovations in technical textiles and nonwovens. And for the first time, Texprocess Americas will also feature its own Tech Talks, powered by The Fashion Institute of Technology in collaboration with Voice of Insiders.

Graduate student poster programme

The poster programme highlights research done by graduate students from the top textile engineering, manufacturing and design programs in the country. This year’s participants come from North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, The University of Georgia, and The University of Oklahoma.

For the first time ever, Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas are hosting a joint networking reception. © Messe Frankfurt

The programme provides a forum for students to present and discuss their latest research, meet with peers who have related interests, and introduce themselves to more senior members in the field. For potential employers, the programme presents a unique glimpse into the industry’s top academic programs and up-and-coming talent.

High-Tex from Germany

Sixty-six companies from the German textile, textile-machinery and garment-technology industries will show their products and services at the High-Tex from Germany exhibition, located on the Techtextil North America show floor. The pavilion will feature German manufacturers of high-performance textiles and fibres, machines for processing technical textiles spanning the entire textile manufacturing and processing chain, and will include its own set of lectures, demonstrations and multi-media presentations.

Texprocess Americas

Texprocess Americas 2018 will feature replicas of the costumes from the new film The Greatest Showman brought by Gerber Technology. Gerber combined forces with Global Garment Engineering and 20th Century Fox to replicate costumes worn by Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya in the film The Greatest Showman. By leveraging Gerber's integrated digital solutions, the replicas can now be done in a fraction of the time and at a much lower cost.

The co-located events will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center. © Messe Frankfurt

Attendees will also have the chance to see how a modern micro-factory can address the need for mass customisation in an efficient, cost effective, and socially-conscious manner, right on the show floor. The multi-exhibitor collaboration will show how to quickly and efficiently go from design to production, and concept to consumer through demonstrations in product design, digital printing, automated vision-aided cutting, material transport and robotic sewing.

Data will be passed from system-to-system, automating the workflow, minimising the need for human interaction helping to improve quality, reduce costs, and improve time to market. Participating companies include Gerber Technology, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Kornit Digital, Nextwave, and Zund America.

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