The tenth edition of Techtextil North America took place March 19 – 21, 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California. This was the third edition on the West Coast, and the first one in California. The change of location attracted over 1,100 qualified attendees from 30 countries. The overall response, from the exhibitors and visitors, was confirmation that they were pleased with the show and venue.
The 2013 event hosted 75 exhibitors from 16 countries. John Gallagher, President of Messe Frankfurt USA, commented on the conclusion of the 2013 edition “I am pleased with how well received the Techtextil North America Symposium was, and the numerous positive responses we had from the majority of our exhibitors regarding the quality of attendees with which they met.”
Attendees hail quality of the Symposium and the third SPESA conference
Held concurrently with the exhibition, the symposium attracted over 150 registrants and contained five sessions with 24 presentations in a variety of formats that covered the topics of new fiber developments, protective textiles, medical textiles, performance composites, and nonwovens/filtration.
Francesco Fornasiero with Lawrence Livermore National Lab and one of the speakers at the protective textiles session, summarized that "Techtextil North America offered an excellent opportunity to interact with academia and the private sector to discuss a variety of evolutionary textile technologies. My experience resulted in several promising relationships for which I'm thankful."
SPESA Conference Co-located
SPESA held its third educational conference on “Advancements in Manufacturing Technology” for the sewn products industry. The sold-out audience of manufacturers heard from industry experts about how they could improve their quality and manufacturing efficiency while at the same time reducing the lead-time required for their production.
Participants’ positive feedback about the conference was, “…engaging, informative, and very useful.” Their intelligent questions and interaction with the speakers during the networking breaks and during the cocktail reception on the Techtextil North America exhibition floor increased the important “take-a-way” value of the conference for everyone.
According to SPESA Managing Director Dave Gardner, “This manufacturing technology conference proved that there is a real need in the sewn products industry for this kind of technical information, and SPESA is best positioned to provide this education.”
Duro Textiles, Dawn Clarke, VP Technical Marketing Military, USA:“We had excellent traffic to our booth. Within the morning of the first day, our time at the show was justified.”
Texcel, François Bourgault, Chef Marketing / Marketing Manager, Canada: "As a returning exhibitor, we were very pleased this year by the traffic and the quality of the visitors we met at the Show. The Messe Frankfurt team is, as always, very courteous and professional. We will certainly be back on the West Coast in 2015.”
Allasso Industries, Walter Chappas, President, USA:“Initially we were hesitant to exhibit, as we are a fairly new company. As the show comes to end, we can’t imagine not having exhibited. We received positive feedback and great contacts throughout.”
About Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is Germany’s leading trade fair organiser, with 538* million euros in sales and 1,891* active employees worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and approx. 50 international Sales Partners, giving it a presence for its customers in more than 150 countries. Events “made by Messe Frankfurt” take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2012, Messe Frankfurt organised 109* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds, featuring 578,000 square metres, are currently home to ten exhibition halls and an adjacent Congress Center. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
* preliminary numbers (2012).