Back together for the first time since 2018, the anticipated reunion of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas assembled the entire textile supply chain for three days of networking, education and business development. Unparalleled networking, thought-provoking education and lead quality among high marks were received at these recent events.

From the show’s opening on day one, the excitement to meet, in-person, with industry peers and learn about the latest innovations could be felt throughout the Georgia World Congress Centre. The co-location of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas is known for creating the largest event in the Americas for the sourcing of materials, machinery and equipment, technology, services, and more representing the entire technical textiles, nonwovens and sewn products industries.

“After such a long hiatus, it was really wonderful to finally hold these events together under one roof. COVID-19 proved to be a challenge for everyone, but it is clear that these industries are resilient overall, and more motivated than ever to continue to push for innovation and advancement.  We’re happy to be able to provide a platform for them to do so,” said Kristy Meade, vice president of Technical Textiles & Technology Shows.

This year, the joint exhibit hall brought together hundreds of exhibiting companies from across the textile industry spectrum, showing the latest in textile research and development, raw materials, advanced textile production, processing, manufacturing technology, sustainability and more, the fair organizer said in a press release. Throughout the three days, visitors were able to see products up-close, watch live demonstrations, and meet with exhibitors providing the latest solutions across the supply chain. Exhibitors were also able to take advantage of the shared exhibit hall, sourcing suppliers and strategic partners for their own businesses.

“We’ve had such a great time at Techtextil North America, being able to not only meet with our customers, but also finding great equipment suppliers as well,” said Megan Hartford of Mid-Mountain Materials. Visitors and exhibitors alike attended sessions addressing today’s hottest topics in textile innovation and sewn products manufacturing, with access to 16 paid symposium sessions and over 20 complimentary sessions on the show floor. Sessions ranging from automation and robotics in sewing to military and protective textiles brought leaders from across industries to learn about the latest innovations, technologies and trends.

“We attend the symposiums every year and there is always something new to learn, not only from the speakers but also the questions asked during the sessions. The show is a very good experience, we will continue to attend because it is always going to be very helpful,” Edwin Rosado, visitor, Fruit of the Loom, said. “The robotics and automation in the sewing session was super informative. We got a ton out of it; I had a lot of questions that now I have the answers to. Moving forward, I now know how to ask the right questions and the right people to go to,” said Michael Rhoades, visitor, MSA Safety.

“I’ve been really enjoying the show. For me, this is an entirely different side of the manufacturing that I’m getting to see. It is eye-opening in how much innovation is happening and how much investment there is in the area of manufacturing,” said Shini Arora, visitor, Amazon. “Lots of quality people, a great restart. It was nice to be able to truly focus on meetings with people who are ready to make purchases. We will definitely be back next year,” Bruce Stroupe, an exhibitor, Perlon (Hahl Inc), said. “BastCore had an amazing show with constant traffic at our booth.  It’s great to see buyers with a real interest in sustainability,” said Coleman Beale, an exhibitor, BastCore.

“As of now, it being the third day, I can say that the show has been amazing for us. We got a tremendous response from all of the companies and suppliers we have met with, and have been able to gather approximately 20+ prospects, which is a huge amount for any event,” Ashutosh Mishra, an exhibitor, Threads India Limited, said. The next edition of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will be from May 10-12, 2023 in Atlanta.