IFAI Announces Programming For Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces a host of dynamic education offerings and events for its leading international trade event, Specialty Fabrics Expo and the expanded Advanced Textiles Expo, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 14-16, 2014. The event is the largest specialty fabrics and technical textiles trade show and conference in the Americas.

The flagship Specialty Fabrics Conference will feature a number of targeted sessions and market-specific programs designed for solidifying business practices, presented by IFAI's divisions, including:

Business Seminars

  • Employee Retention Through Engagement
  • Managing the Generations at Work
  • Leading from the Inside Out
  • Add Graphics: Increase Value and Customize Products
  • New Materials and New Market Segments
  • Develop Process and Increase Production

Marine Symposium, presented by the Marine Fabricators Association

  • Marine Canvas: Track-to-Track
  • Boat Tops-Unique Frame Fittings and New Fastener Applications
  • Sewing Machine Workshops Business
  • Seminars

Awning Symposium, presented by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA)

  • Easy Money From Frequently Neglected Areas
  • PAMA Installation Module
  • Shade Sails 101
  • Add Graphics: Increase Value and Customize Products
  • Working in Partnership with Architects
  • Business Seminars

The Advanced Textiles Conference will include sessions focused on technical applications with a special focus on textiles in the medical industry, including:

  • Overview of Smart & Emerging Fabric Markets
  • Advances in Medical Nanotextiles
  • Safety and Protection from the Fiber Level Upward
  • Healthcare Impact of Wearable Technology and Textile-Integrated Sensors
  • A Different Approach to Understanding Auxetic Materials
  • Woven Narrow Fabric Medical Devices
  • Textiles, Technology, Tomorrow: Lab to Life Saving
  • Getting FDA Approval
  • Drug Delivery Through Implantable Medical Devices

These are only a sampling of the sessions available in the specialty fabrics and advanced textiles programs. Visit ifaiexpo.com for a complete list of courses and descriptions.

A special Architect Education session, presented by the Fabric Structures Association, will focus on incorporating fabric into design. A session presented by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) will highlight functional and nano finishes for industrial textiles. Attendees can also take advantage of hands-on equipment workshops focusing on cutting, welding and sewing in the manufacturing and maintenance arenas. A number of free bonus sessions round out programming at this year's event. Events are subject to change. Please visit ifaiexpo.com for more details and to register.

On the show floor attendees can discover the world of extreme sports and the specialty and technical textiles that make it up at the Extreme Sports Display. The popular ShowStoppers competition is back and attendees are invited to vote on the newest and most innovative ideas in specialty and advanced fabrics. A special Fiber and Yarn Zone will be dedicated to finding producers and distributors of fiber and yarn.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, attendees and exhibitors will be invited to cap off a successful day on the floor and in education sessions at the combined Opening Reception & Awards super event. The event will feature hors de oeuvres, beverages, entertainment, the popular International Achievement Awards, the ShowStoppers results and more.

For more information and for high resolution photos, contact Marti Naughton, +1 651 225 6909 or mlnaughton@ifai.com.

The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the world's leading and longest-running specialty fabrics trade organization since 1912, with nearly 1,500 member companies located in 55 countries. IFAI publishes six market-specific magazines and organizes global industry events.