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Advanced Textiles Conference

Join us at the IFAI Expo 2016 Advanced Textiles Conference, beginning on October 18 at the Charlotte Convention Center as we gather for education, exhibits, networking and awards. The Advanced Textiles Conference will host a full day of education that focuses on testing, automotive and materials as well as a keynote presentation, networking reception and Student Design Awards on Tuesday. Wednesday welcomes you to testing and business courses along with an inspirational keynote, exhibits, show floor Campfire Sessions and an engaging Opening Reception. Thursday and Friday play host to a full exhibit hall, a plethora of Campfire Sessions and endless networking opportunities.

See the 2015 Advanced Textiles program


Testing Program

In Cooperation with NCSU College of Textiles

IFAI and North Carolina State University team up to expand the three-part Testing Program, with courses, demonstrations and resources devoted to textile testing education. The “testing demos” on the show floor will offer the opportunity to interact with testing experts. Testing 101 sessions will help you ask the right questions when choosing a test method and interpreting the results. There’s also a testing track in the Advanced Textiles Conference, which will examine testing throughout the supply chain.


On the Show Floor

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  • Aerospace/Aeronautics
  • Ballistics
  • Cleanroom Technology
  • Energy/Oil/Gas
  • Forensics
  • Geosynthetics
  • Hazmat
  • Health/Medical/Hygine
  • Large Structures
  • Medical Device
  • Infection Control/Wound Care
  • Health Monitoring
  • Military
  • Performance Apparel/Sports
  • Photovoltaics/Energy Harvesting
  • Safety/Protective
  • Smart Textiles
  • Fiber & yarn producers
  • Chemical companies
  • R&D firms
  • Consultants
  • Mill equipment
  • Coaters & laminators
  • Weavers & knitters
  • Testing experts
  • Owners/Presidents/VPs/GMs
  • Engineers/R&D/Academics
  • Designers/Product teams
  • Supply chain managers
  • Purchasers
  • Production/Operations
  • Marketers/Brand managers
  • Retailers
For Exhibitors

IFAI is partnering with the Department of Commerce to foster greater collaboration between the U.S. apparel, technology, and textile industries and to identify the public policies that could accelerate the design and manufacture of smart fabrics products.

The premier specialty textile leadership forum, featuring valuable networking and discussion on industry legislation issues.





Fire Retardancy Webinar Series

Webinar series covers flame retardants and how they are employed in a variety of products



Advanced Textiles Source is the worldwide publication dedicated to the technical textiles market with website and e-newsletters. It’s interactive and interdisciplinary, engaging readers throughout the supply chain with original content.

Features include: carbon fiber, ballistics, antimicrobials, photovoltaics, military smart textiles, thermal protection/control, health/medical, sustainability, energy harvesting, hazmat, protective products, invisibility, interactive, sports, cleanroom, hygiene, etc.


IFAI’s flagship magazine is the definitive voice of the industry. In print since 1915, it is one of the longest-running magazines in the United States.





The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a not-for-profit, trade association representing the global advanced textiles and specialty fabrics marketplace. We invest more than $8 million each year to advance the industry and support our member companies. IFAI Divisions offer seminars, workshops, educational programs, conferences, publications, marketing tools, standards development and more.


Advanced Textiles Product (ATP) Division

The Advanced Textile Products division (ATP) supports the safety/ protective, interactive, medical, performance wear/sports, and technical textiles industries. Members include suppliers, product fabricators, equipment manufacturers, brands, technical/business consultants and test laboratories. ATP provides a forum to exchange information, solve common problems and develop mutually beneficial relationships. ATP also offers sponsored scholarships to support the future of the industry.

Other IFAI Divisions include: