The thirteenth edition of Techtextil and third edition of Texprocess Americas recently colocated with the JEC Americas show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Over a period of three days, the three-shows-in-one highlighted the technologies and products of 589 exhibitors to 9,357 visitors. These numbers represent an increase in participation compared to the East-coast edition of the three shows held in Atlanta in 2014.
“We are proud to take these events to the next level as we better serve the U.S. sewn products industry, Made-in-America manufacturers and the technical textile industry,” said Dennis Smith, president, Messe Frankfurt North America.
The event covered a broad spectrum of textile technologies from technical textiles, nonwovens and composites to sewn products and the latest in textile machinery for all segments.
Country pavilions grouped companies from Italy, Belgium, China, Germany, Taiwan and France; and the Texprocess Americas side of the show featured a Made in USA pavilion sponsored by SEAMS.
In addition, more than 20 symposium sessions provided attendees the chance to learn, as well as collaborate with speakers and fellow show visitors.
After the show, feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike was positive. “Techtextil Atlanta was a very rewarding experience for our company,” said Kenny Parrish, country manager U.S., Devan Chemicals. “Being located where it is in Atlanta affords not only the U.S. visitors, but those visiting from overseas, an easy and enjoyable venue. The textile industry as a whole really embraces this event and you can see the benefits as it is growing each year with ever increasing involvement and expanded business opportunities.”
“I love the diversity of the different vendors here,” said Lynette Grant, Tranglah LLC. “I’m developing a small business so I’m looking for one hub here I can get a wealth of information to get the business going, so it has been very informative for me.”
In 2017, the West-coast edition of Techtextil North America will be held in Chicago in June. The combined East-coast edition of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will be held Atlanta in May 2018. “We look forward to the next chapter in our journey and would welcome everyone to our 2017 Techtextil edition in Chicago and the joint platform once again in Atlanta in 2018,” Smith said.