Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, dual tradeshows held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on April 24-26, 2012, drew 479 exhibitors and over 6,800 attendees. Texprocess Americas was also co-produced by SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas).
The two events included concurrent symposiums presented by leading industry professionals, touting the newest textile innovations from textile producers and suppliers, and addressing current issues facing todayâ€™s sewn products and equipment industry.
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Presentations covered new technologies in automotive, high performance composites, military developments, sustainability, protective textiles, technical non-wovens and technical sports textiles. Techtextil North America also incorporated ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International), which provided a broad view of textile machinery, equipment and service providers.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. promoted its processing and finishing technologies for producing wider-width textile products for print media, pressure sensitive tape, home furnishings, napery, apparel, medical and industrial applications.
Bemis Associates presented its films and tapes for lighter weight finished garments.
Consolidated Fibers, Inc. highlighted its new, more affordable PLA fiber, which is made in Mexico through a lower-cost value chain. Consolidated Fibers has developed this new staple fiber from Ingeo™ for such common-use applications as bedding, furniture, fiber-fill, baby wipes, auto interior parts, and filtration.
Fabric Development, Inc. promoted its fabric innovations, utilizing such performance fibers as aramids, carbon, PTFE, VectranÂ®, Nomex®, quartz, ceramics, Spectra® and PBO. The company specializes in small custom runs, as well as high volume production runs.
Gehring Textiles/Tweave presented its latest domestic developments in warp and circular knits, including raschel, tricot, and spacer fabrics. The Tweave division showed its range of stretch woven fabrics, also made in the US.
HeiQ Materials AG highlighted its latest breakthrough, Adaptive fabric that enables clothing to respond dynamically to changes in body temperature and moisture levels.
Lenzing AG showcased its leading high quality cellulosic fiber innovations for the global textile and nonwovens industry, including Lenzing FR®, and TENCEL®.
Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics promoted it newest development, OFFRAY FR-FLEX™ Elastics. The collection is available in blends of Kevlar®, Nomex®, PBI®, etc. in a variety of widths and thicknesses, with a no melt/no drip quality.
Shima Seiki U.S.A. Inc. announced its joint agreement with Drexel University to provide its flatbed knitting machines for Drexel Universityâ€™s new Excite Laboratory for the purpose of developing knitted products that integrate a wide range of specialized yarns.
Southern Weaving presented its new array of technical woven rope products, made from Dyneema®, Vectran®, TechnoraÂ®, and KevlarÂ®, which are available in a wide range of widths (1mm to 25mm). Applications include winches, marine/boating, and wilderness survival.
Presentations for this show covered such topics as sourcing to the European Market, sourcing in the Americas, new product developments, sustainability, manufacturing technology, doing business with the US government, the world supply chain, and an international trade update.
Carr Textile highlighted its fabric stock programs in a broad array of woven constructions, as well as its new eco-friendly fabrics made from organic cotton and recycled polyester.
Coville, Inc. promoted its full packages of knit apparel, customized knit fabric developments, circular knit fabrics in body size and open width, and its sewing capabilities for both flat lock and serge through its subsidiary, Carolina Apparel Group.
Fessler USA presented it production and design service in the production of private label fashion knitwear, as well as promoting itself as a supplier of wholesale fabrics.
Hamrick Mills publicized its domestic production of high quality woven fabrics for apparel, home furnishings, and industrial applications, ranging in weight from 1.5 to 5.5 ounces per square yard, and in widths from 48 inches to 135 inches. Available woven constructions include plain, twill, oxford, and dobby.
SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) maintained a booth at the show to promote the association to suppliers of the fashion and sewn products industry. SPESA members include manufacturers and distributors of machinery, equipment, parts and supplies, systems, technologies and supply chain solutions.
Tukatech highlighted its apparel software solutions, and user-friendly garment CAD, fabric design software, advanced marker maker, and 3D sample development system for those attending the show.