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A First Look At TTNA

The fourth edition of Techtextil North America will bring international attention to the technical textiles and nonwovens markets.

TW Special Report

M any textile companies and associations in recent years have focused much time and money on participating in various international textile exhibitions including ShanghaiTex, Hightex, ITMA Asia and IKME Finishing & Knitting, among others.

To redirect attention back to textile events in North America — the largest technical textiles market in the world — show organizer Messe Frankfurt Inc., Atlanta, will shine the nonwovens and technical textiles spotlight on the United States when it presents the fourth edition of Techtextil North America (TTNA) — the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens — at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta this spring.

Bud Cass, president, Advanced Cerametrics Inc. — a speaker at TTNA’s accompanying Techtextil-Symposium North America (TTSNA) — believes the concept behind TTNA has real validity in the face of revitalizing the North American textile industry.

“It appears to be a good, broad-spectrum venue, and it’s a market that we really haven’t tapped with our energy harvesting/ active structural control technology,” he added.

Scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 28, through Thursday, March 30, TTNA will seek to capture the prestige garnered by its sister show held in Frankfurt — site of the largest of the biennial Techtextil exhibitions that now are held in five countries.

More than 140 companies from the United States and more than 25 other countries are expected to exhibit at TTNA. Many of these companies will be clustered within international pavilions sponsored by Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Portugal, Italy and South Africa.

Close to 4,000 visitors from around the globe are expected to attend. Organizers report nearly half of TTNA attendees have an annual purchasing volume of $1 million or more — a fact not gone unnoticed by exhibitors.


Techtextil North America will be held in March at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

On Display

Exhibitors also will be categorized into 12 application areas (See Table 1).

TTNA will offer something for everyone in the nonwovens and technical textiles supply chain.

According to organizers, TTNA is the only trade show in the United States where products and technologies from every sector of these areas can be seen in a single trade event. Exhibitors will be grouped into the following 10 product categories:

• coated textiles including packaging materials, coverings and laminated textiles, among others;
• research, development, planning and consultancy including international institutes and universities, government research institutes and research centers, among others;
• composites including prepregs, films and sheeting, and membrane systems, among others;
• technology, machinery and accessories including processing technology, control processes and technical accessories, among others;
• wovens, scrims, braids and knitted fabrics including tapes, ropes and nets, among others;
• nonwovens;
• fibers and yarns;
• bondtec including finishing processes, raw materials and additives, and flocking, among others;
• associations; and
• publishers including the Textile Industries Media Group publications Textile World , Textile World Asia and Textiles Panamericanos.


Symposium Program

According to organizers, TTSNA is the industry’s largest technical textiles symposium. TTSNA attendees will find this year’s theme of “ Technical Textiles — Providing the Competitive Edge” reflects the North American textile industry’s desire as a whole to remain not only viable but also progressive during a time of increasing globalization.

Held concurrently with TTNA, the symposium will offer more than 70 programs.

Tuesday morning, Greg Rogowski, president and CEO, Performance Fibers Inc., Colonial Heights, Va., will present the keynote address, titled “Navigating the New Global Economy.”

Afternoon sessions held that day will revolve around such topics as National Textile Center research related to technical textiles, emerging technology, and the special needs of and materials for military and law enforcement protection.

Sessions held Wednesday, March 29, will feature high-performance fiber developments; nanotechnology research, products and applications; innovative applications for high-performance textiles; strategies in the international marketplace; and technical nonwovens research and products.

Thursday sessions will cover automotive textiles, the future generation of textiles and a summary panel of the entire TTNA event.

Industry Partners

Several textile associations and organizations have teamed up with TTNA as Industry Partners, including the Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). The association will exhibit; and during TTSNA, AATCC Board Member Fred Cook, Ph.D. — a professor at the Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering — will speak on nanotechnology.

“In 2006, the theme of Techtextil is ‘Focusing on Innovation,’ and this is an excellent forum for learning about high-performance textiles across all industry segments,” said John Y. Daniels, executive director, AATCC. “We encourage all our individual and corporate members to attend and participate in the exhibition and symposia.”

Other industry partners include the American Flock Association, Boston; Fiber Economics Bureau Inc., Arlington, Va.; Fluid Sealing Association, Wayne, Pa.; National Textile Association, Boston; Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center, Raleigh, N.C.; and the National Textile Center’s University Research Consortium, Spring House, Pa.; among others.

For more information about TTNA, contact Daniel McKinnon (770) 984-8016, Ext. 423; fax (770) 984-8023; ttna@usa.messefrankfurt.com; www.usa.messefrankfurt.com. For more information about TTSNA, contact Bill Smith (864) 292-8121; fax (864) 292-5333; billsmith@intexa.com .

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