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Techtextil North America announces the formation of an advisory board for the 2017 Symposium

Nov 7, 2016

3 days of technical textile educational tracks and networking in Chicago

Techtextil North America has chosen 5 new Advisory Council Members to aid in the development of the 2017 Symposium. The show heads north to McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois where the technical textile industry will gather together.

Meet our members:

Jess Jur, PhD., Assistant Professor, Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science at N.C.State University

Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College

Genevieve Dion, Associate Professor, Design Department at Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Founder, Shima Seiki Haute Tech Lab at ExCITe Director, Center for Functional Fabrics at Drexel University

Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman, Kolon Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology

Gordon Gillerman*, Director, Standards Coordination Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

*Observer to the Advisory Board

The highly acclaimed technical textile conference – which is held concurrently with Techtextil North America’s trade show floor brings speakers from a variety of backgrounds and industries to divulge new advancements in the marketplace. Techtextil North America Symposium session topics to include: Smart textiles in the connected car ecosystem; Optimizing the design and fabrication of functional fabrics; Smart textile product design; The technical textile industry talent challenge; and Two part session Standards and certification – trade facilitators and From lifestyle equipment to medical devices – standards and regulatory expectations.

During the 3 days, visitors at Techtextil North America will experience networking with 150+ exhibitors on the show floor to hearing about the latest trends in textiles during the symposium.

The event is co-located on one show floor together with The Future of Composites in Construction, Powered by JEC Group. Connection of these two dynamic shows provide visitors with a vast array of products and solutions from areas in technical textiles and composites.

For more information on Techtextil North America and the Techtextil North America Symposium, please visit

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €645* million in sales and employing 2,297* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 40 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 132* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds.Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

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* preliminary numbers (2015)

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Messe Frankfurt North America produces nine shows within the United States, Canada and Mexico. The portfolio of events include Canadian Waste & Recycling, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, International Apparel Sourcing Show and Texworld USA (January & July), PAACE Automechanika Mexico City and Chicago, Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas.

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