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Techtextil North America Exceeds Expectations, Reunites Industry

The 2021 edition of Techtextil North America took place August 23-25 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. After nearly a year and a half of virtual business dealings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. textile industry gathered in-person for the.

Despite several obstacles including the re-emergence of COVID-19 via the Delta variant and Tropical Storm Henri that battered the Northeast in the days leading up to the show, Techtextil North America 2021 saw strong attendance, with many exhibitors noting the high quality of visitors throughout the three days.

Decision makers from the major industries that touch technical textiles and nonwovens attended the event to conduct business, reunite with industry pals, and discover the latest technological developments and trends shaping the industry as we approach a post-pandemic world.

This year, visitors included top industry executives, buyers, engineers, technical directors, plant managers, product development managers, and more from the world’s leading brands including Gildan, Honeywell, Lear Corporation, Patagonia, Procter and Gamble, Milliken and Company, Courtland Biomedical and Bluewater Defense Inc, among others.

Symposium ticketholders attended sessions covering topics on new levels of innovation, disruptions brought on by COVID-19, and how the global textile industry continues to thrive and find new solutions. Many sessions nearly sold out during the last weeks of pre-registration; sessions including:

  • Sustainability, Traceability and Supply-Chain Disruptions
  • Digital Transformation Strategy
  • Manufacturing, Managing and Regulating PPE- Now and into the Future

The Poster Program returned to Techtextil North America in 2021. Participants included undergraduate research students and those pursuing their master’s or Ph.D. from the top textile engineering programs in the Southeast region. Participants shared their research findings with peers and potential employers each day, and a handful presented at The Academy in front of a captive audience.

The Academy is a show floor attraction area that combines Tech Talks and The Lab for three days of education. Featuring the latest scientific developments in technical textiles and nonwovens, the Academy features students from the Poster Program and speakers from companies like AATCC, American Truetzchler, The Hohenstein Institute, Manufacturing Solutions Center, and Microban. Sessions covering antiviral and antimicrobial textiles and textile treatments proved to be in high demand.

With happy hours on the show floor in the afternoons Techtextil North America was full of networking opportunities.

The Atlanta edition of Techtextil North America will take place May 17-19, 2022, once again co-located with Texprocess Americas, the leading sourcing event for sewn products manufacturing. Visit the shows’ websites to sign up for e-newsletter alerts and stay up to date with the latest developments.


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