Atlanta Hosts Textile & Sewn Products Industry

Techtextil North America, ATME-I® Megatex and SPESA Expo colocate in Atlanta for Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week.

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M achinery and technology suppliers for the highly technical and nonwoven textile as well as traditional sectors, and sewn products equipment and services suppliers will colocate in Atlanta when Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week (TASPIW) opens its doors at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Tuesday, May 18, through Thursday, May 20, 2010. TASPIW will comprise three well-established trade shows: the East Coast edition of Techtextil North America (TTNA) and its concurrent TTNA Symposium; the quadrennial ATME-I® Megatex – American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International®; and the triennial SPESA Expo and its concurrent seminars and related events.

Although visitors need register to attend only one show, that registration will gain them access to all three, which will be held in GWCC’s Hall B. Under the TASPIW umbrella, all three shows will be participating in the U.S. Commercial Service’s 2010 International Buyer Program, which promotes 35 selected U.S. trade shows and their exhibitors internationally and brings delegations of foreign buyers to the shows in search of business opportunities.

Visitors to Techtextil North America 2008 examine military apparel on display at an exhibitor’s booth.

Techtextil North America

Show organizer Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, through its Atlanta-based U.S. subsidiary, Messe Frankfurt Inc., this year will be putting on its seventh TTNA. For TASPIW, the East Coast North American edition of the world-renowned Techtextil brand of trade shows will be moving from its usual location in the Cobb Galleria Centre in suburban Atlanta to colocate with ATME-I Megatex and SPESA Expo at GWCC downtown.

TTNA is dedicated to the technical-textile/nonwovens sector of the textile industry, and is the only trade show in the Americas that covers the full vertical spectrum of that sector – including research and development, raw materials, production processes, conversion, further treatment and recycling. The North American show, inaugurated in 2000, originally was a biennial event located in Atlanta in even-numbered years, in alternation with the flagship Techtextil exhibition held in Frankfurt in odd-numbered years. The brand has since expanded, and the show now has several editions held in major textile regions around the world. TTNA itself was expanded last year as well to include a West Coast edition in Las Vegas in odd-numbered years that alternates with the East Coast show in Atlanta.

To help attendees find providers of the products, services and technologies pertinent to their needs and interests, TTNA exhibitors will be classified according to 12 application areas:

  • Agrotech, including agriculture and forestry, horticulture and landscape, animal husbandry, fences and more;
  • Buildtech, including membrane, lightweight and solid construction, civil engineering and industrial construction, temporary construction, interior construction, earth, water and traffic route construction, agricultural construction, and more;
  • Clothtech, including specialized high-tech materials for apparel and footwear;
  • Geotech, including civil engineering, earth and road construction, dam engineering, dump construction, ground isolation, drainage systems, and more;
  • Hometech, including furniture, upholstery and room design, carpets, floor coverings, and more;
  • Indutech, including filtration, cleaning, mechanical engineering, chemical industry, electrical industry, seals, sound absorption products and more;
  • Medtech, including medical applications and biomaterials, hygiene, rescue organization equipment, and more;
  • Mobiltech, including automotive, shipbuilding, aircraft, aerospace, rail and transportation textiles, motorcycle and bicycle construction, and more;
  • Oekotech, including environmental protection, recycling and disposal applications, and more;
  • Packtech, including packaging, protective cover systems, sacks, big bags, storage systems and more;
  • Protech, including personal and object protection; and
  • Sporttech, including sports, leisure, activewear, outdoor, equipment and outfits, and sport shoe applications, and more.

Products and services offered include: fibers and yarns; wovens, scrims, braids and knitted fabrics; nonwovens; coated textiles and canvas products; composites; Bondtec including adhesive, bonding, laminating, finishing and other processes and materials; research, development, planning and consultation; technology, machinery and accessories; publishers; and associations.

TTNA Symposium

The TTNA Symposium, under the direction of William C. Smith, Industrial Textile Associates, has earned high ratings as a forum for presenting the latest developments in the technical textiles/nonwovens sector. The schedule includes 13 sessions and more than 65 presentations by leading industry experts covering cutting-edge technologies and applications, industry developments and trends, and issues that impact the technical textiles sector.

Kicking off the symposium as part of the General Session Tuesday morning, keynote speaker Kim Glas, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for textiles and apparel, will speak about relevant trade issues and the Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative. The opening session also will include a global industry overview, a look at U.S. manufacturing and discussions related to the technical textiles sector.

Subsequent sessions will cover subjects related to natural fibers and sustainable materials, technical textiles research, military developments, new product development, nonwovens, smart/intelligent fabrics, high-performance narrow fabrics, fiber and yarn developments, protective textiles, technology and medical textiles/biotechnology. The ever-popular session on technical textiles research, led by Dr. Martin Jacobs, executive director of the National Textile Center, will present some of the latest research being conducted at universities associated with the center as well as poster sessions showing recent student work.

Machinery for printing labels on T-shirts will be among the range of machinery to be shown at ATME-I® Megatex.

ATME-I® Megatex

Owned and organized by the Falls Church, Va.-based American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA) and United Kingdom-based Mack Brooks Exhibitions, ATME-I Megatex 2010  will draw textile manufacturers and professionals from around the world to see the latest textile manufacturing machinery, equipment, accessories, supplies and services for the yarn and fiber, weaving, knitting, dyeing, printing, finishing, and nonwoven industries, among other industries.

ATME-I was first held in 1915 in Greenville as the Southern Textile Exposition. In 1969, ATMA became involved with the expo, and the show’s name was changed to American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International. It continued to be held in Greenville until 2006, when it moved to Atlanta. The show last took place in October 2006, and was colocated under the Megatex umbrella with IFAI Expo 2006 and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ (AATCC’s) 2006 International Conference and Exhibition. That overall event saw a combined total attendance of more than 13,000 visitors and suppliers from more than 80 countries. According to 2006 show registration records, nearly 25 percent of attendees were owners, CEOs or other management personnel; 13 percent were responsible for technical, operations, planning or purchasing; and 13 percent were involved in manufacturing/production and research and development.

Exhibit categories at this year’s ATME-I Megatex will include:

  • machinery for spinning preparation, man-made fiber production, spinning, winding, texturing, twisting, auxiliary machinery and accessories;
  • testing and measuring equipment
  • pneumatic equipment and air-conditioning plants;
  • transport, handling and packing equipment;
  • equipment for liquid, air and solids recycling;
  • software for design, data monitoring and processing (CAD/CAM/ CIM) and integrated production;
  • automatic controls and data collection systems including process controls;
  • technical information sources, education and associations and professional services;
  • machinery, apparatus, accessories, supplies and services required for the general maintenance of plants and equipment;
  • allied industrial activities;
  • weaving preparatory and weaving machinery, tufting machinery, auxiliary machinery and accessories;
  • knitting and hosiery machinery, auxiliary machinery and accessories;
  • washing, bleaching, dyeing, printing, drying, finishing and making-up machinery, auxiliary machinery and accessories;
  • other machinery and accessories;
  • cut and sew machinery and accessories for the making-up industry;
  • textile testing and measuring equipment, laboratory equipment, electrical equipment, air compressors and air dryers, lubricants and lubricating equipment;
  • mill and process supplies for weaving, knitting and finishing plants;
  • dyestuffs and chemical products for the textile industry;
  • associated goods and services for the textile industry; and
  • agents and distributors.

ATME-I Megatex will conduct a series of educational, networking and business seminars in tandem with the show as well. The ATME-I Megatex Golf Day, organized by ATMA, will be held prior to the show. As part of TASPIW, ATME-I Megatex also will host an exhibitor networking party for all visitors and exhibitors. Show organizers will release event details as the show nears.

Colocating alongside ATME-I Megatex will be the AATCC International Conference, which will feature three educational tracks, a poster session, student paper competition, student textile bowl, welcoming reception and awards luncheon. The educational tracks will feature presentations applicable to all aspects of the textile industry; and will include Concept 2 Consumer®, Chemical Applications, and Materials.

Demonstrations of machinery and technology for the sewn products industry will be offered by many SPESA Expo exhibitors.


SPESA Expo 2010 and its concurrent symposium, owned and produced by the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), Raleigh, N.C., covers the entire concept-to-delivery sewn products lifecycle. The expo will offer a complete range of equipment technology and services for all sectors of the global sewn products industry including apparel, footwear and accessories; home furnishings and upholstery; luggage and leather goods; technical and industrial textiles; safety and protective gear; and automotive and transportation interiors. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe live demonstrations and new product introductions from exhibitors specializing in cutting, spreading, sewing, pressing, finishing, design and production software solutions, sewing threads, needles, purchasing, logistics, and more.

As of Textile World ‘s press time, SPESA reported booth sales had already surpassed the total exhibit space occupied in the previous SPESA Expo, held in Miami Beach, Fla., in May 2007. The organization also reports that attendee registration is very strong, surpassing the numbers seen at the same point prior to SPESA Expo 2007.

As a result of strong exhibitor and attendee response, SPESA has added several new exhibit categories to this year’s expo, including fabrics and materials, trims and components, product development services, production and supply chain services, and information technology.

The expo also will feature a variety of new attractions, including the first-ever “Made in USA Supply Chain,” pavilion, presented by Columbia, S.C.-based SEAMS, the National Association for the Sewn Products Industry. The pavilion is expected to cover more than 2,000 square feet and will feature products made by SEAMS member companies, as well as individual exhibits by U.S.-based companies that provide manufacturing and other services for the soft goods supply chain.

“Supply Chain of the Americas” will highlight opportunities and resources available to sewn products manufacturers, brand marketers and vertical retailers in the Western Hemisphere. Designed to complement the expo, this exhibit will expand the event’s coverage to the entire concept-to-delivery sewn products lifestyle – adding a new direction for the show, which in the past primarily has showcased machinery and technology.

Other new attractions include the IT Showcase, which will display innovative enterprise- and industry-specific software solutions; the Cool Zone 2.0 exhibit, featuring exciting new technologies that are changing the sewn products industry; and numerous country and regional pavilions from Latin America, Asia and Europe.

SPESA will hold several pre-show events on Monday, May 17, beginning with a workshop from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. titled “Exploring Lean Business Practices” and an executive conference from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. titled “Building the Supply Chain of the Future – Case Studies From Today.” Both will feature speakers from Cary, N.C.-based [TC] 2, a provider of technology development and supply chain improvement solutions for the apparel, sewn products and related soft goods industries.

On Monday evening, SPESA will host an Industry V.I.P. Opening Gala to benefit the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Education Foundation, which supports and recognizes students and institutions that contribute toward the advancement of the apparel industry. The event, to be held at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., will offer an evening of networking and entertainment.

The SPESA Expo Forum will offer 30 workshops and seminars during the course of the expo. Activities will kick off with a headliner breakfast Tuesday morning that will include a program titled “Global Sourcing Perspectives – Things to Consider,” led by Laura Rowen, director of manufacturing, Brooks Brothers; and Dr. Mike Fralix, president and CEO, [TC] 2. Other presentations will cover a wide range of topics of interest to sewn products industry leaders.

For more information about Techtextil North America and TTNA Symposium, visit For more information about ATME-I® Megatex, visit For more information about SPESA Expo, visit Online registration for the exhibits is free. In addition, registration for activities associated with each exhibition is available at the respective websites.


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