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Advanced Textiles Conference

Join us at the IFAI Expo 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference, beginning on September 26 at the New Orleans Convention Center for education, exhibits, networking and awards. The Advanced Textiles Conference includes a full day of education that focuses on smart fabrics, testing, and materials as well as a keynote luncheon and networking reception on Tuesday. Education and networking opportunities continue Wednesday through Friday with keynote presentations, the opening reception, young professionals happy hour, campfire education sessions, and >400 exhibitors..

See the 2016 Advanced Textiles program


Testing Program

In Cooperation with NCState 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 offer the opportunity to interact with testing experts. Free Intro to Testing sessions to 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 examines testing throughout the supply chain.

Smart Fabrics Program

Introducing the new Smart Fabrics Program at IFAI Expo 2017, including education, discussions, workshop, and contest
designed to:

  • Harness the smart fabrics excitement into new product development
  • Facilitate new partnerships, discussion, and ideas
  • Give attendees access to experts, materials, and education
  • Showcase innovative suppliers

On the Show Floor

Advanced Textiles Exhibitors work with the non-traditional markets:

  • 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

Advanced Textiles Exhibitors supply to suppliers:

  • Fiber & yarn producers
  • Chemical companies
  • R&D firms
  • Consultants
  • Mill equipment
  • Coaters & laminators
  • Weavers & knitters
  • Testing experts

Attendees Include:

  • Owners/Presidents/VPs/GMs
  • Engineers/R&D/Academics
  • Designers/Product teams
  • Supply chain managers
  • Purchasers
  • Production/Operations
  • Marketers/Brand managers
  • Retailers
For Exhibitors



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March 12-15, 2017, Orlando, FL, USA

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


Past Events

IFAI partnered 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.


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: