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Monday, September 25
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
1–5 pm

Come see a 288,000-square foot facility, located in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where you will see some of largest covers being manufactured today. J&M Industries has over 44 years of experience in the specialty fabric cover industry with expertise in agriculture, industrial, and environmental industries. J&M began as a recycler of coffee bean bags that were repurposed into burlap bags for feed, agricultural and oyster industries. J&M has grown and expanded their product line to include tarpaulins, grain covers, frost protection, nursery products, containment covers, construction covers, geotextile tubes, waste management covers, and more. They are also proud to have produced ammunition covers for the army during Desert Storm.The tour is $59 for IFAI Members and $79 for Non-members. Available for purchase at time of Registration.

Schedule as follows:
1:00 PM – Pick up from Convention Center
2:00 PM – Arrive at J&M Industries
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Tour
3:30 – 4: 00 PM – Refreshments and Networking
4:00 PM – Depart for Convention Center
5:00 PM – Arrive Convention Center

Tuesday, September 26
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
8 am–7 pm Expo Plus Advanced Textiles Conference  
8 am–7 pm Expo Plus Specialty Fabrics Conference  
Noon–3 pm

Join the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) for its annual fundraising event on Tuesday, September 26. Enjoy a friendly bowling competition and “strike” up a conversation with other industry professionals. We hope you can “spare” some extra cash as proceeds benefit worthy students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. With your support, we can have a positive impact on the industrial fabrics industry. We hope to see you all there!

The price to bowl is $200 per person. Available for purchase at time of Registration.

WHERE
Fulton Alley
600 Fulton Street, New Orleans
www.fultonalley.com

5:30–7 pm Advanced Textiles Networking Reception
(Open to all Expo Plus Conference Attendees)
Presented By: J.M. Rodgers

Wednesday, September 27
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
8–9:30 am Advanced Textiles Conference  
9:30–11 am
IFAI Annual Meeting followed by keynote presentation
Business visionary, Global Soap Project Founder and CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly — sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life. Drawing on the hardships of his refugee experience, Kayongo shares how he went on to manufacture a solution to a global problem, the life lessons he learned along the way, and how they apply to one’s ability to stay relevant in today’s market.

Presented By Fasnap

Fasnap

11 am–5:30 pm
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Open Meetings
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
Selfie Station
5:30–8 pm
Join the Second Line Parade and take a stroll from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to the IFAI Expo 2017 Opening Reception at The National World War II Museum. You’ll enjoy food and beverages while learning about the history of the war that changed the world.
Thursday, September 28
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
8-9:30 am
Traditional products in the electronics, textiles, and apparel sectors have well-established standards for performance and testing. But as electronic and other capabilities are integrated into textiles and apparel, it is recognized that existing standards need to be adapted to facilitate development and market acceptance of this new generation of products. This panel will explore the state of standards development in the smart fabrics space and where development of standards for smart fabrics is headed.
More info: IFAIexpo.com/Smart
9:30–11 am
Awards Ceremony followed by keynote presentation
The Future of Work Today: Insights from the New World of Work
We are entering the greatest period of business transformation the world has ever known. The constant state of disruption we are experiencing mandates a bold new approach to leadership. This program is designed to help leaders prepare to navigate a new business landscape where the pace of change is elevating and collaboration is the key ingredient to unleashing the innovation required to compete and win. Supported with cutting edge research and category leading case studies, Seth will prepare audience participants today for what is going to be required to compete and thrive tomorrow. Audiences will gain:
– Deep insights into what’s coming next in the new world of work for leaders at all levels
– Unique perspectives on the macro drivers of change and a deep understanding how employees attitudes and behaviors evolve
– A new framework to see beyond the fads and more clearly understand the trends certain to impact the business landscape over the coming decade
11 am–5:30 am
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Open Meetings
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
Selfie Station
5:30–6:30 pm
40 or under? Gather with your peers at the complimentary Young Professionals Happy Hour. Enjoy drinks and eats all while making valuable connections.
Location:
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant (at Hilton New Orleans Riverside)
2 Poydras Street, New Orleans
Friday, September 29
8 am–2 pm Registration Open
9 am–2 pm
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Open Meetings
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
Selfie Station
9:30 am

See the most innovative e-textiles products and meet the innovators.
E-Textiles Hackathon Design Challenge winners will be announced and prizes awarded.
Projects will be displayed in the workshop all day Friday.

11:30 am–1 pm FREE LUNCH
Let’s Do Lunch on Friday, Our Treat! Free lunch on the show floor.

 

IFAI Disclaimer: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of IFAI and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or cancelled no refunds should be expected. Agreement to attend the IFAI Expo acknowledges acceptance of this provision.