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Atlanta – Techtextil North America returns to Raleigh, North Carolina next week, bringing with it the latest innovations and supply chain solutions for the technical textiles and nonwovens industries.

Visitors to the show, scheduled for August 23-25, 2021, will have the chance to source manufacturing technology, machinery, and textile products ranging from high-tech fibres, functional apparel fabrics and smart textiles to composites and nonwovens.

In addition, this year’s event will see expanded product categories through the incorporation of two new pavilions:

Textile Care Pavilion - The new Textile Care Pavilion, powered by the Clean Show, will showcase the latest products & technologies for the textile care sector – from treatment to finishing to after-market care. The Textile Care Pavilion will include innovative products and services in the following categories:

  • Washing/drying equipment
  • Water technology/utilities/energy saving
  • Green product technology
  • Agents and systems for the cleaning, finishing and disinfection of textiles
  • Logistics and material flow

Texprocess Americas Pavilion - Supported by SPESA, the Texprocess Americas Pavilion will feature manufacturers and distributors of machinery, equipment, parts, supplies, systems, technology, supply chain solutions, and other products and services used for the development of sewn products. Product categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Stitching, joining and fastening materials and technology
  • Fabrics/materials
  • Textile finishing
  • Product processing and finishing

Exhibit space in both pavilions is available, but limited. Interested companies can learn more and apply for a booth via the Techtextil North America website.

The exhibition will also host its highly acclaimed Symposium, giving attendees the opportunity to listen and learn from industry leaders and subject matter experts as they discuss some of the most pivotal advancements in research and technology and shed light on the current global economic state and its effects across industries. The show’s theme this year is “Accelerating Technology” and aims to highlight the textile industry’s high level of innovation and contribution to the global supply chain through advanced technology.

The main topic on 23 August will be Sustainability, Traceability and Supply Chain Disruptions.

This session will explore how there is a tremendous amount of speculation around what a post-pandemic world will look like, with the textile industry asking itself: What will change and what will go back to how it was before?

What is, at this point, beyond speculation, is that the post-pandemic supply chain and manufacturing ecosystem will be vastly different. Over the coming years, there will be an increased focus on the global manufacturing dynamic, with companies weighing more and more the geopolitical implications – such as disruptions in supply, transparency for labor, material sources, and quality control – of manufacturing in developing countries around the world.

A critical component of this discussion should be the development of a stable domestic textile machinery and manufacturing base to support various needs of the US economy including: continuous demand for commodities, emergency needs for rapid product development, scalable manufacturing for critical supplies like PPE, and what is needed from the federal government to support domestic textile investment.

A further session will examine Digital Transformation Strategy.

In this session, delegates will be asked to imagine designing a garment that can be immediately visualized and manufactured using the same data. This value proposition is not yet possible for apparel brands, textile mills and garment makers, but other industries have shown how technology can connect the players so that design and engineering are integrated to define an optimized product that flows transparently through material creation, cutting, sewing, and distribution. AI-enabled line planning isn’t enough. 3D design visualization isn’t enough. A lean factory with robots isn’t enough. Digitalization must be comprehensive with a data thread that connects every phase. This session will bring together leaders from every phase of apparel to provide insight into a comprehensive solution.

For more information on the upcoming edition of Techtextil North America, August 23-25, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina, please visit: www.techtextilna.com.

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