Forum Schedule

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7:00 am - 8:00 am 
Registration Opens and Complimentary Breakfast

8:00 am  – 8:45 am
Fiber Trends
Speaker:  Alasdair Carmichael, President - Americas, PCI Fibres; Secretary/Treasurer of the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA).

8:45 am – 9:30 am
Yarn Formation: Spinning and Twisting and Texturing Developments
Dr. William Oxenham (Bill) , North Carolina State University, Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management

9:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Fabric Formation: Knitting Developments Flat, Circular and Warp
Jim Kaufmann, senior engineer at Rhode Island-based T.E.A.M.; Owner of NovaComp

10:45 – 11:30
Fabric Formation: Weaving Developments
Dr. Tushar K. Ghosh, North Carolina State University, College of Textiles

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Fabric Formation: Jacquard, Dobby and Cam Weaving Developments
  Dr. Abdel-Fattah Mohamed Seyam, North Carolina State University, Department of Textile and Apparel Management

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Fabric Formation: Nonwoven Developments
Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, North Carolina State University, Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and associate dean for Industry Research and Extension; director of the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Dyeing, Printing and Finishing: Textile Chemistry Developments
  Dr. Harold S. Freeman, North Carolina State University, professor of textile chemistry, the first Ciba-Geigy professor of Dyestuff Chemistry

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Dyeing, Printing and Finishing: Machinery Developments Update
Speaker:  Dr. Peter J. Hauser, North Carolina State University, College of Textiles.

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

3:45 pm -  5:00 pm
Apparel Developments
Speaker:  Juan Zighelboim, a 20 year apparel manufacturing veteran and cofounder and president of El Salvador-based activewear and sports apparel manufacturer Textiles Opico SA de CV “Textiles Opico SA de CV “TexOps”. Also vice president of the American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN).

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Cocktail Reception and Networking

7:00 am - 8:00 am

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Composite Innovations
Speaker:  Jim Kaufmann, senior engineer at T.E.A.M. and owner of NovaComp

8:45 am – 9:30 am
Special Topics: Nanotechnology Update; Methods of Manufacture and Applications
  Dr. Philip D. Bradford, North Carolina State University, College of Textiles

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Special Topics: Managing Innovation Natick Style
Speaker: Robert Kinney, US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center representative

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Special Topics: M&A/Investment Trends & Essential Considerations in Bringing New Textile Technologies to Market
Speaker:  Ed Gregor, joint CEO of Charlotte-based GL Capital LLC, and managing director of Edward C. Gregor & Associates, LLC.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Questions and closing remarks

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Textile World Innovation Award Luncheon and Presentation Honoring Tencate Protective Fabrics of North America

*Topics and speakers subject to change

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Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 8:00am - 12:15pm

Innovation Award Luncheon
Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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