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Techtextil North America Exceeds Expectations, Reunites the Industry (9/9/21)
The 2021 edition of Techtextil North America took place last month, August 23-25 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. After nearly a year and a half of virtual business dealings, the US textile industry gathered together in-person for this highly anticipated reunion.
Despite several obstacles including the re-emergence of COVID-19 via the Delta variant and Tropical Storm Henri, Techtextil North America 2021 saw strong attendance, with many exhibitors noting the high quality of visitors throughout the three days. Decision makers from all of the major industries that touch technical textiles and nonwovens attended the event.
This year, visitors included top industry executives, buyers, engineers, technical directors, plant managers, product development managers from the world’s leading brands including Gildan, Honeywell, Lear Corporation, Patagonia, Procter and Gamble, Milliken and Company, Courtland Biomedical and Bluewater Defense Inc.
Educational Features / Techtextil North America Symposium
Symposium ticketholders attended sessions covering how the global textile industry continues to thrive and find new solutions. Sessions including “Sustainability, Traceability and Supply-Chain Disruptions”, “Digital Transformation Strategy and “Manufacturing, Managing and Regulating PPE- Now and into the Future” were in high demand.
Student Research Poster Program
The Poster Program returned to Techtextil North America again in 2021. Participants included undergraduate research students and those pursuing their Master’s or Ph.D. from the top textile engineering programs in the Southeast region.
A must-see show floor attraction area, The Academy combined the previously named Tech Talks and The Lab for three days of free show floor education. Featuring the latest scientific developments in technical textiles and nonwovens, the Academy features students from the Poster Program and speakers from companies like AATCC, American Truetzchler, The Hohenstein Institute, Manufacturing Solutions Center, and Microban. Sessions covering antiviral and antimicrobial textiles and textile treatments were in high demand, and “Testing Water Resistance of PPE Fabrics” was also a hot topic.
With happy hours held on the show floor on the afternoons of both day one and two, Techtextil North America was full of networking opportunities. The opening day reception was sponsored by Techtextil North America and SPESA, who hosted their Advancements in Manufacturing Conference in parallel with the event, drawing sewn products professionals from the region to the show floor. Day two’s happy hour was hosted by the show’s official Academic Partner, North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles, along with The North Carolina Textile Foundation. The events provided an opportunity to network with other show-goers outside of the booth setting, and proved to be a great way for attendees to catch up with old industry peers.
The show’s return since the COVID-19 pandemic proved to have met or exceeded expectations for visitors and exhibitors alike, and many were happy to share their thoughts on the value of in-person events:
"It's been great to be out and about again" stated Ernest Sumner of A.B. Carter. "We've been able to see and meet a lot of people that we hadn't been able to catch up with or wouldn't have known about had we not been here in Raleigh."
“Shows are a pain in the neck, but so worth it," said Steve Aranof of exhibitor Zund America Inc. "As someone who has participated on both sides as an exhibitor and an attendee, it's hard to say which option is best. If I didn't wander the show floor, I wouldn't have met certain people and wouldn't have learned what they know without engaging in that conversation."
"It's been a surprisingly good show and turnout," said Lou Ott, Gentex. "It was good to be face-to-face with people again."
“It was great to be back in a live setting, seeing the new developments,” said Keith Hoover, President of Black Swan Textiles and featured speaker in the Techtextil North America Symposium. “I saw several instances of unintended connections - all of which led to unforeseen opportunities.”
The Atlanta edition of Techtextil North America will take place May 17-19, 2022, once again co-located with Texprocess Americas, the leading sourcing event for sewn products manufacturing.
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