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ExpoDevCo, Textile World Launch Textile World Innovation Forum

Atlanta-based Exposition Development Co. Inc. (ExpoDevCo) and Billian Publishing Inc.’s Textile World magazine have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly produce a new annual conference: Textile World Innovation Forum, to include the Textile World Innovation Award.

The Textile World Innovation Forum 2014 will be a two-day, high-level conference targeting management personnel in engineering, processing, plant operations, research and development, and quality control.  The forum will offer these professionals unique insights into diverse areas of textile manufacturing such as fiber, spinning, knitting, weaving, nonwovens, dyeing, printing, finishing, apparel manufacturing, and special interest areas that may be adapted to their own operations.

The inaugural conference will be held Sept. 15 and 16, 2014, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta and will culminate with the presentation of the Textile World Innovation Award to a leading textile company in recognition of its outstanding efforts and accomplishments in product invention and innovation.

David Audrain, president & CEO, ExpoDevCo, commented: “The textile manufacturing industry in North America is seeing significant growth again in many sectors, and this conference will bring together the leading managers responsible for this continued growth. We have the utmost respect and admiration for the Billian team and their TW publication, and we believe that this is a great time to bring back the Textile World Innovation Award.”

Jim Borneman, president, Billian Publishing, and publisher and editor in chief, TW, added: “The Textile World Innovation Award has a long history of honoring notable innovators in the industry. This year, there are several strong contenders. The idea of pairing the award with a high-level forum dedicated to innovation
is a great opportunity for industry leaders. Often in our careers in textiles, we become siloed as specialists — this is an opportunity to reconnect with innovation from fiber to finished product.”

March/April 2014