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IFAI Expo 2017
The Excitment Comes to The Big Easy


Anticipation is building as international textile professionals plan to exhibit and attend the IFAI Expo 2017, scheduled for September 26-29, 2017, at the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans! This year’s host city will provide show attendees a place to enjoy great jazz and blues music, gourmet food, historic landmarks, and much more! The “Big Easy”, as New Orleans is affectionately known, because of its gentle, slow and easy-going lifestyle, will be energized with the excitement of IFAI Expo 2017. This year’s IFAI Expo provides show attendees the opportunity to see the latest advanced textile products; learn from textile experts; and, a chance to meet industry leaders, suppliers and manufacturers that help drive the specialty fabrics market.



Expo Plus Advance Textile Conference & Specialty Fabrics Conference:

This year’s tradeshow also offers four seminar tracks to help “Expo Plus Advanced Textiles" participants stay updated with this fast-growing field. The seminars culminate with the Advanced Textiles Networking Reception.  Attendees are invited to participate in the following tracks:

  • Medical Track - latest in textile technology for the medical market
  • Military Track - focused on how to do business with the military
  • Smart Fabrics Track - examining all types of interactive textiles plus commercializing of e-textiles. Introducing the new Smart Fabrics Program at IFAI Expo 2017, including education, discussions, workshop, and contest designed to:
    • Facilitate new partnerships, discussion, and ideas
    • Give attendees access to experts, materials, and education
    • Showcase innovative suppliers
    • Create a common understanding
  • Testing Track - designed to improve decision-making based on textile properties and understanding of the methodology and interpretation of standard test procedures. Testing Demo Zone, free Intro to Testing Seminar, and interact with testing experts through live and video demonstrations, and Q&A sessions in cooperation with NC State and supported by AATCC. 

Also, free to all attendees are interactive events including:

  • Mentor Meetings (New this year)- Meeting are limited, so sign up early to meet one-on-one with the leading professionals in the industry!  
  • Advance Textiles Campfires - Interactive education sessions on the latest technologies and processes.
  • E-Textiles Hackathon Design Challenge - A competition open to all entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students, engineers, artists, makers, and creators. This event is designed to inspire new, innovative e-textile products with commercial value by using only materials found in the E-Textiles Workshop at IFAI Expo. To enter, complete the Hackathon Entry form by September 20th.

Keynote Speakers:

This years keynote speaker program offers an unique opportunity to hear from speakers in high demand around the world, who will share their insights and vision to help you planand succeedin the Industrial Fabrics Industry. Speakers include:


Derrick Kayongo, Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder, and CEO of the Center for Civil & Human rights in Atlanta.


Seth Mattison: Who will speak on The Future of Work Today, and provide insights from the New World of Work.


This year’s IFAI Expo promises to be an exciting trade show, with informative seminar. Don't miss out. Plan to attend and be part of the excitement!

Visit the IFAI Expo2017 site.


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