Advanced Textiles Conference

Innovative suppliers highlight partnerships throughout the supply chain plus education, demonstrations, and workshops.

October 11-14

All Access Registration Required to Attend Advanced Textiles Conference

The Advanced Textiles (AT) Conference starts on Tuesday, Oct. 11 with a full afternoon dedicated to advanced textiles education, including a welcome lunch with plenary session at 11:30 am, followed by a networking reception after the education for the day concludes at 5 pm. The AT Conference continues with additional advanced textiles sessions at Expo on Oct. 12-14.


Tuesday, October 11

11:30 am–12:45 pm

Dr. Andrew Dent, EVP of Materials Research, Material ConneXion

Materials have never been more important yet more polarizing – they can be a blight on our most beautiful landscapes but also save countless lives. Materials innovation continues to give us stronger, more durable, more efficient solutions, yet has not managed to solve some of our most basic recycling and ‘end of life issues’. This presentation brings together both good and bad developments in the material world related to industrial fabrics and how this industry compares to others with similar challenges. It will also attempt to provide some insight into what we might expect both from material innovation as well as customer demand in the coming decade.

1–1:50 pm

Dr. Jesse Jur, Director of Ecosystem Technology, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

For E-textiles to truly make the shift from producing small volume products for highly specialized markets to a widely adopted toolkit of technologies used to enable products across a diverse set of applications, the industry must mature in a number of ways that go beyond the demonstration of new capabilities. Industry infrastructure development must be undertaken in order to support lower product development costs and faster time to market for e-textile products.  These infrastructure elements include simulation environments, digital threads, and addressing standards gaps to name a few. Through collaborative R&D work enabled by a public-private partnership, AFFOA is resolving manufacturing technology gaps through investments in technology maturation and broad industry infrastructure road mapping and development. Example projects combining government needs with industry driven technology roadmaps will illustrate the current methods our Institute is using to address technology and infrastructure gaps to increase manufacturability and scalability of E-textile products.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand current industry challenges to develop and scale e-textile products
  2. Identify approaches to addressing those challenges
  3. Learn about specific on-going projects focused on helping to scale and mature e-textile technologies/products

Colton Mehlhoff, Applications Engineer, Stratasys

Explore how 3D printing is changing the textile world. From 3D printed dresses to handbags and shoes, the impact is just beginning.

Learning objectives:

  1. A brief history of 3D printing
  2. Technologies available for 3D printing
  3. How the fashion industry is printing on fabric today
  4. Where 3D printing and textiles is going in the future


Drew Hoyle, Aerospace Textile Engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC)

What does it take to make functioning and long lasting space suits, crew clothing, and technical textiles for Moon missions?

Each session will discuss the current textile challenges NASA is facing in its effort to return to the Moon, what the Apollo program did about these issues, and how the textile industry can get involved.

2–2:50 pm

Dr. Reinhold Schneider, Head of Research Group Color and Functional Printing, German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF)

Smart Textiles and E-Textiles represent a fast-growing market and proximity sensors and electrical switches represent key components for this market. A textile based proximity sensor on the basis of capacitance measurement was realized by printing technology and enables contact-free switching of electronic devices. The sensor signals were analyzed with a miniaturized integrated electronic circuit as well as with the help of a resonant circuit to control a switching function. The sensor provides good abrasion resistance.

Learning objectives:

  1. Basics of printed sensors and electrical switches
  2. Formulation of electrically conductive printing pastes and printing inks
  3. Electrically insulation of printed circuits and sensors


Dr. Gang Sun, Professor, University of California, Davis

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in the need of reusable, antiviral, and biodegradable PPE materials for improved personal protection with reduced environmental impact. In this presentation, desired biological protective functions on biobased polymers are discussed. Two chemical approaches, halamine and daylight photo-sensitizers have been utilized to produce rechargeable biocidal functions on PPE materials. The daylight induced antiviral and antibacterial face masks will serve as examples of reusable and safe functional textile materials.

Learning objectives:

  1. Desired antimicrobial functions for biological protection
  2. Environmentally friendly materials and technology
  3. Reusable and rechargeable antibacterial functions

Erin Parker, Graduate Research Assistant, Mississippi State University

Differences in use case and working environment require a clear vision for wearables across different markets. How can designers, developers, and engineers know what fabric, sensor, or body placement is going to work for their customers? This session will discuss Athlete Engineering’s four athlete personas and what each sector requires of wearables.

Learning objectives:

  1. The differences between sports, tactical, industrial, and at-risk athletes.
  2. Considerations for each sector relating to wearable design and development.
  3. How E-Textiles can serve to eliminate frustrations with current wearable solutions.
3:10–4 pm

Ben Mead, Managing Director, Hohenstein

How do you balance risk and budget while protecting customers and reputations? Good testing plans align quality with customer expectations and fulfill legal requirements. Fewer programs adjust testing intensity for supplier and product category risk. We’ll discuss what goes into an efficient and effective product testing strategy.

Learning objectives:

  1. Types of quality testing
  2. Risks in target group expectations, laws, supply chain quality, product types
  3. How to leverage existing certifications, audits, and spot checking

Dr. Andre West, Director of Zeis Textiles Extension at Wilson College of Textiles, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

Dr. Andre West is the Director of the Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Textile Apparel Technology and Management at the Wilson College of Textile at NC State University. His role as the Director of ZTE is to keep sustainable textiles at the forefront of future textiles, cultivating a more responsible ecosystem for the fashion industry. This is achieved by education and mobilizing students, industry, and consumers to be positive advocates while leveraging industry-related partnerships. He is involved in sustainable manufacturing techniques with Wholegarment knitting for zero waste. He has made numerous national and international presentations on how textile production should achieve a total circular economy.


Dr. Braden Li, Materials Engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

As part of the emerging Air Force Arctic Strategy, the Air Force has identified critical needs to develop and acquire next generation clothing solutions to prevent cold-related injuries for the warfighter operating in extreme weather conditions (-55°C). This presentation will review the collaborative efforts between the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), towards next generation textile-based (1) sensing technologies and (2) responsive solutions for arctic and austere environments.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the key requirements driving extreme cold weather textile development
  2. Discuss systematic materials design approaches to address extreme cold weather challenges
  3. Identify novel material sets for potential applications outside cold weather
4:10–5 pm

Dr. George Sun, CEO & Founder, Nextiles, Inc.

Despite mass adoption, the wearable industry has relied on accessories such as straps, snaps, rings, and watches to make today’s electronics wearable. The innovation has been electronics first with wearability second. This presentation discusses the next wave of wearables, Wearables 2.0, where we merge the intelligence of semiconductive devices with the comfort and flexibility of textiles. This innovation revolves around new fibers, conductive materials, and intelligent connectors between fabric and circuit.


Anıl Kırcalıali, Head of Automation, Orbital Composites

There is huge demand for composites across a wide range of industries including energy, clean mobility, infrastructure and aerospace. The broader adoption of composites can lead to significant CO2 reduction. However, cost is a huge barrier. There is also a desire to use ‘sustainable’ composite materials, so that they are recyclable.

The session will focus on how the textile industry can play a pivotal role in driving the adoption of composites, by reducing cost.

Learning objectives:

  1. Variety of manufacturing processes will be reviewed
  2. The advantages of textiles will be discussed
  3. Application examples will be provided such as a sustainable footwear design where robotic 3D printing is used along with sustainable materials.

Holly Harris, Senior Textile Engineer, ResMed Corp.

Providing a sustainable product has never been more important than it is right now. As the global leader in the design and manufacture of medical devices for the treatment of sleep apnea, COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases, ResMed has made a concerted effort to design sustainable products. This can present many new challenges to the textiles incorporated into masks and devices.

Learning objectives:

  1. Introduce a new material and design concept that work towards a circular future for a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask.
  2. Highlight challenges currently faced incorporating more sustainable materials (e.g. recycled and natural fiber materials) in the medical device industry.
  3. Explain the overall vision, challenges, and opportunities around materials sustainability and our call to action for solutions that will enable more sustainable products in the medical industry.

Wednesday, October 12

10–10:50 am

Dr. Reinhold Schneider, Head of Research Group Color and Functional Printing, German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF)

An electrically insulating ink for inkjet printing and screen printing has been developed. The insulating ink is based on textile binders with a solid content of > 15%. This new ink enables electrically insulation of printed electrically conductive paths and sensor structures on smart textiles at a layer thickness of > 10 µm binder. However, most often a layer thickness of >150µm binder is required for mechanically stressed applications on textiles. The ink provides good abrasion resistance and good flexibility as well as it is stable against washing up to 60°C.

Learning objectives:

  1. Formulation of electrically insulating inks and pastes and their application
  2. Required layer thickness for electrically insulation and reasons for it
  3. Performance of printed insulating layers
11–11:50 am

Lucas Tyson, Senior Business Developer, Hologenix

Do you know what is happening at every stage of your supply chain, and is this information you would be willing to share with your customers? How do you confidently stand behind your sustainability claims and provide transparency without unknowingly venturing into the territory of greenwashing? As the emphasis on social and ecological responsibility only heightens, Lucas illuminates listeners on these questions and more.

Thursday, October 13

9–9:50 am

Ben Mead, Managing Director, Hohenstein

Specific and accurate data is essential to sustainable progress. OEKO-TEX® has developed a method for calculating the carbon and water footprint at each stage of a textile product’s life.  This impact calculator is based on a two-year pilot project with in-depth research for best practices, current methods of data collection and calculation, recognized standards, proof of concept and stakeholder input.  Join us to learn how the tool was developed, how data will be continuously improved and how the system can be used. We’ll discuss how we can leverage this data to lower our industry’s impact and communicate with customers.

Learning objectives:

  1. Approaches to lifecycle analysis
  2. Importance of data for meeting climate goals
  3. How producers can use targeted data to take action


10–10:50 am

Matthew Kolmes, CEO, VOLT Wearable Tech, a division of Supreme Corporation

We will explore how there is a synergy between combining yarns that absorb your body’s own energy and use that energy to stimulate Nano particles embedded in a parallel yarn. By using this technique, we can create fabrics that can sense and heal wounds, and infections while thermoregulating your body.


11–11:50 am

Frank Keohan, Senior Technology Manager, Bolger & O’Hearn, Inc.

Durable water repellents (DWRs) provide many beneficial properties to textiles including resistance to rain, staining, and abrasion. They can improve sustainability by extending products’ useful life and reducing cleaning-related resources. Repellents based on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have long been the performance leaders but lately have been under increased regulatory scrutiny. Many manufacturers have been transitioning to fluorine-free DWRs where possible. Attendees will learn the basics behind different repellents, regulatory issues, and the evolving technology for increasing the ecological profile of these products.

Learning objectives:

  1. Regulatory environment
  2. Test methods and performance differences
  3. Partial and total PFAS elimination
  4. Fluorine-free repellents

*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 IFAI Expo acknowledges acceptance of this provision.

Advanced Textiles Exhibitors

IFAI Expo 2022 includes exhibit hall space for AT innovators, suppliers, beginners and experts. Get inspired, make connections, discuss opportunities and find new products.  Join nearly 75 vendors, associations, and IFAI partners in this vibrant pavilion.

Advanced Textiles Campfires

Looking for show floor education?  IFAI Expo 2022 will have ten 30-minute interactive sessions in the Advanced Textiles Pavilion!  Stop by for fun, informal, and digestible sessions and keep the conversation flowing back to the exhibitor booths. 

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Advanced Textiles Product Division (ATP) – ATP supports the entire industry and offers support, networking, education and scholarships to help ensure its future. For more information on ATP including a member list, scholarship information, a list of webinars and the latest news, click here.

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Andreas Bisinger
DITF–German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research, Germany

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