Major nonwovens associations support IFAI Expo Asia 2011

EDANA, CNITA and ANFA sign on to promote new trade event for technical textiles in Asia Pacific region

(Roseville, MN - July 22, 2010) IFAI Expo Asia 2011 continues to gain momentum as the most highly anticipated new technical textile trade show in the Asia Pacific region.

IFAI announced today that three top nonwovens groups: EDANA (European Disposables and Nonwovens Association), CNITA (China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association) and ANFA (Asia Nonwovens Fabrics Association)--have agreed to support for IFAI's exciting new trade event taking place 22-25 March 2011 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The nonwovens industry is well-known for its innovation and potential for growth, and IFAI Expo Asia 2011 will provide a great trade platform. Twenty-nine major corporations have already committed to exhibiting; and 21 regional organizations are partnering with IFAI to promote this event. Catering specifically to the Asia Pacific region, IFAI Expo Asia 2011 is designed to be a top-to-top, business-to-business platform developed specially to address the growth, concerns and challenges of the industry.

Says IFAI President and CEO Stephen Warner, "There is a tremendous opportunity for export business in the technical textiles market. Globally, ours is one of the fastest growing sectors in the textile industry. The economic landscape in Asia Pacific continues to evolve. The building and construction outlook is robust. New, emerging markets such as medical product devices and smart textile products are being developed."

The boom is on in the Asia Pacific region because in 2009 the regional governments committed more than $300 billion for green industrial projects--Energy and water conservation, renewable energy, air and water quality; and coastal regeneration. "All these are sales possibilities for those in the technical textiles industry and those who make products from these materials," Warner said.

And according to IFAI's 2010 State of the Industry report recently published in Specialty Fabrics Review magazine, the U.S. remains the largest user market for technical textiles, consuming 23% of the global production, followed by Europe consuming 22%.

Warner says that what differentiates IFAI Expo Asia 2011 from other events is that, "While current trade shows in India and China focus primarily on the disposable nonwoven industry, IFAI Expo Asia 2011 is the first major event in the region that specifically targets as visitors the end-product fabricators who use all types of durable materials--woven, nonwoven, knit and composite textiles."

This inaugural event has been two years in the planning, and is expected to draw over 100 international and regional exhibitors. About 2,000 trade visitors from Asia, the Pacific and the United States are expected to attend from three targeted audiences

  1. Those who are involved in the supply chain seeking networking and partnership opportunities
  2. The actual fabricators of finished products in applications such as medical, automotive, construction, safety, military, recreation and structures; and
  3. Those who have design, application and market influence such as government purchasing agencies, civil engineers and architects.

Besides the trade exhibition, the four-day event will feature world-class educational symposiums for nine technical textile niche end-markets–

  • Medical and Healthcare Applications
  • Sustainability in the Textile Value Chain
  • E-textiles and Smart Fabrics
  • Geosynthetic Applications for Infrastructure (Part 1)
  • Geosynthetic Applications for the Environment (Part 2)
  • Technical Nonwoven Applications
  • Protective Clothing
  • Automotive Materials
  • Architectural Shade and Structures

Distinguished speaker announced for nonwovens session
The kick-off speaker for the Technical Nonwoven Applications session will be Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, the William A. Klopman Distinguished Chaired Professor of Materials in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. He also holds an appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and is currently the Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension and the Executive Director of the Nonwovens Institute and the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC).

Dr. Pourdeyhimi's research interests are in the area of nonwovens, responsive fibrous systems, materials, biomaterials, failure mechanisms, special fiber-based structures, software algorithms, optics and image analysis.

Says Warner, "IFAI Expo Asia 2011 is specially designed for a select group of buyers who want the latest product information and personal consultation. It's going to be a customer-centric, one-stop marketplace for the top technical textile players to network and do business."

For further information about IFAI Expo Asia 2011 visit, or email

About the Organizer–The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the only trade association in the world representing the entire specialty fabrics/technical textiles industry, a world market estimated at $120 billion in 2010.

IFAI supports nearly 2,000 members in 11 organized market niches; sponsors the largest industry trade show in the Americas, IFAI Expo Americas 2010; an annual Europe-based Advanced Textiles conference (this year in Paris); and publishes seven trade magazines and buyers guides.

About the Co-manager–Established in 1987 and headquartered in Singapore, MP International specializes in organizing exhibitions, conferences and special events for various industries and interest groups. Supported by an international network, the group has organized and managed over 250 national, regional and international events.

MP International has the distinction of being the only home-grown exhibition and conference organizer in Singapore to receive the Enterprise 50 award for two consecutive years, in 2001 and 2002. It has been appointed as organizer of the mega ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition to be held in Barcelona, Spain. IFAI will hold its well-known Advanced Textiles '11 conference there as well.

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