New international technical textiles trade event progressing for Asia Pacific Region

An exciting new trade show for technical textiles, IFAI Expo Asia 2011, will be held 22-25 March 2011 at the new Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. It is being organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to serve the rapidly growing technical textiles marketplace in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to IFAI President and CEO Stephen Warner, "There is a tremendous output and consumption of technical textiles in the Asia-Pacific region. The current trade shows in India and China focus almost exclusively on the disposable nonwoven industry. IFAI Expo Asia 2011 will now become the first major event in the region that specifically targets as visitors the end-product fabricators who use all types of materials - woven, nonwoven, knit and composite textiles."

IFAI Expo Asia, the only definitive event for the technical textiles industry, is a one-stop marketplace for the technical textile players to network, update and upgrade to accelerate and enhance Asia's technical textiles industry. Catering specifically to the Asian audience, it is a high-level, business-to-business platform developed specially to address the growth, concerns and challenges of the industry.

The inaugural event is expected to draw 100 international and regional exhibitors and about 1,500 delegates from Asia and the Pacific.

Warner said that IFAI Expo Asia 2011 will feature a trade exhibition, attracting as visitors 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 specific niche end-markets for technical textiles: Sustainability in the Textile Value Chain; Medical and Healthcare Applications; E-textiles and Smart Fabrics; Technical Nonwoven Applications; Geosynthetic Applications for Infrastructure; Geosynthetic Applications for Environmental Applications; Protective Clothing; Architectural Shade and Structures; and Automotive Materials (Interior Focus).

Said Warner, "I hope everyone in the technical textiles industry will join us at the exciting international trade event which promises to be a lively marketplace for buyers and suppliers."

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke presented IFAI President and CEO Stephen Warner with a recognition award 1 Dec. 2010 for receiving the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) Grant for its IFAI Expo Asia 2011 trade show development. The MDCP award is bestowed by the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and includes a $250,000 grant plus technical assistance from ITA.

“The MDCP is a good example of how public/private sector partnerships can leverage limited public resources to help small- and medium-sized businesses expand their exports to compete in the global marketplace,” Secretary Locke said.

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 has also received additional recognition through Trade Fair Certification from the U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce. This government certification is an elite status and is rarely given by the Department of Commerce to a first-time trade fair. The Trade Fair Certification program is a cooperative arrangement between private sector trade show organizers and the U.S. government to expand U.S. participation in overseas trade shows.

According to Warner, “The boom is on in the Asia Pacific region for technical textiles. In the last two years the region’s 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 applications can involve products made from technical textiles.”

Since MDCP’s inception in 1993, the Department of Commerce has made 102 awards under the program. In an average year, MDCP is projected to generate $219 million in U.S. exports. In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama set a goal for America–to double U.S. exports of goods and services over the next five years.

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 is also supported by the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, as well as 25 technical textile industry organizations, including the top nonwovens associations: EDANA (European Disposables and Nonwovens Association), CNITA (China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association), ANFA (Asia Nonwovens Fabrics Association), and TNI (The Nonwovens Institute).

Warner added that IFAI is very excited to be partnering with MP International, a professional exhibition and conference organizer based in Singapore, which is co-managing the event.

Said Jason Ng, project director of MP International, co-manager of IFAI Expo Asia 2011: "This event is a partnership of complementary strengths; IFAI offers the international manufacturers an effective business platform here in Asia, while MP bridges the connection by bringing on board Asian technical textiles influencers and buyers. With our understanding of the market and familiarity operating in the Asian environment, we are confident in putting together a relevant and valuable event for the key players."

For further information about IFAI Expo Asia 2011 visit www.ifaiexpoasia.com, or email tvlindemann@ifai.com. For information about other IFAI events visit www.ifai.com.

About the Organizer— The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the only trade association in the world representing the entire technical textiles industry, a world market estimated at $110 billion in 2010. IFAI supports nearly 2,000 members in 54 countries; sponsors the largest industry tradeshow in the Americas, IFAI Expo; and publish seven trade magazines and buyers guides. Visit www.ifai.com.

About the Co-Manager— Established in 1987, Singapore-based MP Asia Group is a world class professional exhibition and conference organizer, and the comanager of IFAI Expo Asia 2011. MP is also the organizer of ITMA Asia 2012 in Shanghai and ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, the world’s largest textile machinery trade fairs.