InTents December2022/January 2023 - 6

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IFAI Expo brings thousands of textile industry
professionals together for a successful event
A
dvanced Textiles Association (ATA)
wrapped up what will be known as
The 2022 Expo show fl oor featured over 300
exhibit booths for attendees to visit and learn
about the latest products and services the
industry has to offer.
the inal IFAI Expo on Oct. 14 in Charlotte,
N.C. Starting in 2023, IFAI Expo will be
known as the Advanced Textiles Expo.
This year's Expo featured a collocation
with Sun Shading Expo North America,
which is organized by Messe Stuttgart,
the founders of R + T, the world's leading
trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates
and sun shading systems.
IFAI Expo and Sun Shading Expo
North America together delivered
more than 4,200 attendees access to
the industry's leading companies, live
product demonstrations on the show
loor, exciting social events, the latest
innovations in technology and textiles as
well as valuable education and insight on
current trends.
Attendees had the opportunity to
browse a combined show loor of 314
exhibiting companies who were displaying
their latest products, equipment
and services. In addition to visiting
exhibit booths, the show loor also
hosted over 20 campire education
sessions broken out by Advanced Textiles,
Specialty Fabrics, and Shade and
Weather Protection markets.
" We are pleased with our inaugural
collocation with Sun Shading Expo
North America, " says Steve Schiffman,
President and CEO of Advanced Textiles
Association (ATA). " One of our
primary objectives in the collocation
was to deliver new leads, new markets,
more international attendees and ultimately
more value to exhibitors. We
saw some extremely positive indicators
that the textiles industry is on the
upswing-orders were being written,
machinery was being sold and business
owners received valuable insight on the
latest trends and innovations to help
them propel their businesses forward.
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Through Expo, we provided a space for
fabricators and suppliers to safely convene
and do business. "
The Advanced Textiles (AT) Conference
was held on Oct. 11, the day before the
show loor opened. The AT Conference
offered a plenary session and networking
lunch followed by an afternoon of 12
classroom education sessions dedicated
to the Advanced Textiles market.
Topics included Advancing Textile
Manufacturing Through Collaboration,
Innovations in E-Textiles, 3D Printing,
Medical Textile Breakthroughs and
Sustainability in Advanced Textiles.
IFAI Expo also hosted two days of
market-speciic classroom education
featuring 20 sessions focused on shade
and weather protection, graphics,
marine, sustainability and business
operations, along with a wealth of other
specialty fabrics and advanced textilefocused
content.
Highlights at Expo included IFAI
Expo's Opening Reception, which took
place just outside of the show loor,
allowing participants to socialize, enjoy
refreshments and hors d'oeuvres and
listen to music. Industry Night at the
Charlotte Beer Garden was a popular
event where attendees enjoyed live music
from ATA member band Hangin' by a
Thread, which is comprised of industry
veterans along with some guest vocalists.
Keynoter Dr. Elliot Eisenberg engaged
attendees with his in-depth and thoughtprovoking
speech on preparing for what
comes next in the economy (see page 8 for
more in-depth coverage of the address).
The Annual Fun Run/Walk also returned
to Expo this year and allowed participants
to either run or walk a designated route
throughout uptown Charlotte.
Multiple companies were recognized
for their outstanding work at this year's
Awards Tower Experience. This new

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