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TTNA In Las Vegas Attracts Exhibitors, Visitors From Western United States

The sixth edition of Techtextil North America (TTNA) - the first Western US edition of the show, held last month at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas - presented the products and services of 118 exhibitors from 15 countries to 1,300 visitors from 34 countries. Exhibitors displayed their offerings in individual booths as well as in country pavilions for Canada, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

TTNA formerly was a biennial event held in Atlanta. Following last year's exhibition, the show's organizer, Atlanta-based Messe Frankfurt USA, announced a new schedule of annual shows, one held in even years in Atlanta and one in odd years in the Western United States.

According to Messe Frankfurt, 25 percent of the exhibitors were first-time participants, and 28 percent of the US visitors came from the Western region.

"The goal in moving Techtextil North America to an annual event was to reach a new audience," said David Audrain, president, Messe Frankfurt USA. "Since only 4 percent of our visitors at the 2008 event were from the Western Region, we are certainly on the right track to bringing Techtextil North America to a new audience of both exhibitors and visitors."

The concurrent Techtextil North America Symposium offered 13 sessions with 72 presentations in all covering composites, defense textiles, materials technology, medical textiles, nanotechnology, nonwovens and performance/protection textiles, among other topics. The symposium opened with a general session that examined the current state and the future of the technical textiles industry and included keynote presentations by Richard Black, vice president and chief marketing officer, Performance Fibers; and Tom Murphy, executive vice president, RSM McGladrey Inc. Black encouraged outside-the-box thinking and seeking opportunities with businesses that have found success through commitment to innovation and the application of technology. Murphy presented an optimistic picture of the state of the industry - noting that the US manufacturing base has remained stable over the last three decades and contributed 25 percent of global manufacturing production, and predicting that the economic downturn will hit bottom by the fourth quarter of this year and turn positive in 2010.

TTNA 2010 is scheduled to take place in Atlanta May 18 to 20 at the Georgia World Congress Center as part of Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week, which also will include the co-located American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International (ATME-I)/Megatex and SPESA Expo.

May 12, 2009