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Techtextil North America Names North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles the First Ever Official Academic Partner for 2019 Edition (8/6/18)
North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, located minutes from the Raleigh Convention
Center in Downtown Raleigh, serves as a hub for textile research and development and as a primary
supplier to the industry talent pipeline nationwide. The College is internationally renowned as a leader
in the field of textile education and innovation, and through industry collaboration, aims to be the
global leader in textile public-private partnerships.
“We are thrilled about this new endeavor and our first ever official academic partnership with North
Carolina State University’s College of Textiles,” said Kristy Meade, Show Director, Technical Shows:
Textiles, Sewn Products, Equipment and Technology at Messe Frankfurt North America. “Our goal has
always been to create a unique experience for all who visit, and Techtextil North America is where
professionals from across industries come to cultivate business relationships and learn about the latest
developments, technologies and trends hitting the textile industry.”
The multi-faceted partnership aims to benefit the university, the city of Raleigh, and the North
American textile industry in a myriad of ways:
· Utilize expertise from the College’s world-renowned faculty and staff to provide top of the line
educational opportunities for all Techtextil North America attendees
· Provide exhibiting and visiting companies with direct access to the latest research coming from the
world’s leading textile institution
· Gain exposure for the College’s undergraduate and graduate research programs and their industry
contributions through special feature areas on the Techtextil North America show floor
· Facilitate future careers and strategic partnerships through collaboration with the College’s Career
Fair (Feb. 28) and show attendees
· Shine a spotlight on the high level of global innovation and industry development coming from all
levels of the North American Textile Industry
“The College of Textiles at NC State University is proud to be the first academic partner for Techtextil
North America,” said David Hinks, Ph.D., Dean and Cone Mills Professor of Textile Chemistry, College
of Textiles at NC State University. “Throughout our 119-year journey our College has been committed
to catalyzing growth and innovation across the entire textiles enterprise.
The College of Textiles offers unparalleled hands-on, science-based textile education through two
departments, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management and Textile Engineering, Chemistry
Textiles faculty have established groundbreaking interdisciplinary centers and institutes: The
Nonwovens Institute and the Textile Protection and Comfort Center. The Zeis Textiles Extension
department meets a high-demand for professional training and fabrication and testing services by
offering programs for entrepreneurs and start-up companies as well as multinational corporations.
While NC State continues to be a driving force of economic development in North Carolina, the state
leads the nation in manufacturing of textile yarns and fabrics. In the past two years, companies from
around the world have begun or expanded operations in rural North Carolina, bringing hundreds of new
jobs and investing more than $100 million — largely due to access to superior textiles education,
research and development, as well as proximity to the best textiles workforce in the nation: College of
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