IFAI Conference Drives Industrial Fabrics Beyond US Borders

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — September 30, 2013 — From large corporations to local, family-owned businesses,
companies are searching for ways to expand their market and secure their positioning. According to
the IFAI 2013 State of the Industry Report, Mexico is number one in the U.S. specialty fabric
export market accounting for a 41.5 percent share in 2012. 

The 2013 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Conference Trade Show will offer a
robust education program this year, featuring an expanded look at government policy sessions,
including two workshops focusing on the global landscape of the specialty fabrics and technical
textiles industries:

Exporting to Mexico, Central America and the Andean Countries

Wednesday, Oct. 23; 1-2 p.m.

An OTEXA specialist will walk attendees through the beginning stages of international sales
to seasoned exporter status-from market identification through the shipping of products. 

Trade Agreements — The Impacts on Our Industry and How You Can Influence the

Thursday, Oct. 24; 2-3:30 p.m.

A panel of trade experts will discuss and provide and update on trade agreements,
specifically the current TPP and TTIP negotiations. Attendees will hear how they impact the
specialty fabrics industry, including the Berry Amendments, and how they can help influence
outcomes. This presentation is organized by the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI). 

The 2013 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Conference  Trade Show also
offers a full component of advanced textiles programming as well as business power programs. Other
programming includes:

  • Advanced Textiles Programming
  • Advanced Modifications of Textile Surfaces
  • Advanced Textiles Fundamentals
  • Smart Textiles Program
  • New Developments in Advanced Textiles
  • Business Power Programs
  • Survive and Thrive Strategies
  • Winning Sales and Services Strategies
  • Work Smart Strategies

In addition to these program offerings, there are several networking opportunities, as well
as luncheons and bonus programs.  For more information, contact Bonnie Hanson, 651-225-6923 or
bjhanson@ifai.com.  The IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference
Trade Show will be held Oct. 23-25, 2013 (Advanced Textiles Conference begins Oct. 22), at the
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., co-locating with the Specialty Printing 
Imaging Technology SGIA Expo 2013.

Posted September 30, 2013

Source: IFAI