Techtextil North America To Go Annual

Techtextil North America (TTNA), the Atlanta-based biennial North American trade show for the
technical textiles and nonwovens industry, will become an annual event with venues alternating
between Atlanta in even-numbered years and a Western US region location in odd-numbered years,
according to Atlanta-based show organizer, Messe Frankfurt Inc.

The 2008 show will take place April 1-3 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The 2009
edition of TTNA is scheduled to be held April 21-23, 2009, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center
in Las Vegas.

“The Western region features a significant concentration of manufacturers and customers in
important growth markets,” said David Audrain, president, Messe Frankfurt Inc., the US subsidiary
of Frankfurt-based Messe Frankfurt GmbH, which organizes trade fairs — including other Techtextil
events in Europe and Asia — serving a range of industries worldwide. “By offering Techtextil North
America annually in two US regions, this event will be accessible and beneficial to significantly
more buyers, and make it even more valuable for our exhibiting companies.”

According to Messe Frankfurt, the Western region of the United States offers good
opportunities for expanding the show’s US presence. A recent analysis notes there are close to
90,000 companies in the region that are potential participants, with interest areas including
general technical textiles as well as more specific agricultural, transportation, industrial and
medical sectors. Agrotextiles are seen as having the greatest growth potential, with consumption
projected to increase from nearly 1.4 million tons in 2000 to nearly 2.0 million tons in 2010.
Transportation textiles currently represent the most valuable technical textiles market, worth
$25.6 billion in 2000 and, while not as fast-growing as other sectors, are expected to remain the
most valuable at $29.3 billion in 2010.

“We are continually looking for ways to enhance the experience and engage new participants in
Techtextil North America,” said Stephanie Everett, TTNA show manager. “TTNA 2009 promises to
deliver a new mix of global decision makers and suppliers, more innovation and increased
opportunities for all participants, and demonstrates Messe Frankfurt’s continuing commitment to the
growing technical textiles industry.”

March 18, 2008