The Advanced Textiles Conference is part of All Access education and requires an All Access registration to attend. During each breakout time, attendees have the choice of 3 sessions and are free to move between session rooms throughout the afternoon.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

12 - 1 pm Advanced Textiles Conference Welcome Lunch
1 - 1:50 pm

North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles.  Presenter details and description coming soon!

Sasha Stolyarov, CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

Description Forthcoming!

Justine Decaens, Head of Technical Innovation – Smart Textiles, Groupe CTT

Smart textiles technologies have existed for over a decade but are only recently starting to reach the market. Offering various active functions such as lighting, heating and sensing, smart textiles are mostly present in the protection, sports & leisure and medical sectors.

Despite few successful examples of commercialized products, the production process of smart textiles remains challenging for most manufacturers. Automation is a key element to getting easier access to the market, while better managing cost efficiency and lead time. Moreover, product reliability and performance are essential to earn customers trust and acceptance.

The presentation will review the key elements in smart textile manufacturing (conductive yarns and fabrics; technology blocks and functions; specialised processes) and outline some examples of success and failure through case studies.


2 - 2:50 pm

Thomas Stegmaier, PD Dr.-Ing, DITF Denkendorf and Götz Gresser, Prof., DITF Denkendorf

The tumultuous events of this year have forced our industry to look closely at how we can take great ideas from concept to commercialization.  Achieving this in the most time and cost effective way that does not compromise safety is the challenge.  The alignment of technological advances with testing and standards is of vital importance.

In this presentation we use our own case studies to show how this is achievable at different scales from SME through to million dollar programs involving multiple stakeholders across disciplines and geographical boarders.

Seth Casden, CEO and Co-Founder, Hologenix

Recent studies in the effectiveness of responsive materials have clinically proven they can enhance performance and recovery among healthy individuals by recycling InfraRed energy. Infusing fibres with certain minerals into the core gives products the ability to absorb electromagnetic light energy emitted by the body. These minerals then alter the wavelengths of this energy into InfraRed and reflect it, even through multiple layers of fabrics, making it possible for the tissue to absorb it. This process triggers vasodilation in the capillary bed and makes more oxygen available to your cells, allowing for more efficient use of it by the body.

This presentation will look at developments in responsive materials and the use of InfraRed technology for recycling human energy, with an emphasis on enhanced performance and recovery. We’ll review some case studies, outline some of the challenges made evident during research and development and discuss best practices for design and production. We’ll also discuss possible paths towards innovation concerning industrial methods, retail approaches and cultural education.

Matt Kolmes, CEO, Supreme Corporation

When the Olympic committee announced it was endorsing CBD oil for pain relief in athletes, Supreme Corporation was already incorporating those yarns into products through our vendor.  When our vendor pulled out of the project, and our customers were demanding pain relief yarns, we sprang into action.  This is the fastest concept to fully developed product that we have ever done.  It was rough, and it was painful, and it involved a lot of hard work, scientific testing, and technical textiles experience.

Supreme Corporation now has phenomenal performance in pain relief previously unavailable in the Market.  Here: It’s not about the destination, this time it’s about the Journey.  Come inside our Lab and see how we got this fast tracked and developed in 6 weeks.

2:50 - 3:10 pm Afternoon Break
3:10 - 4 pm

Dr. Jan Beringer, Senior Scientific Expert, Hohenstein

The new standard (DIN SPEC 91418 (PAS) “Actively Illuminated High-Vis in addition to EN ISO 20471 and EN 1150 resp. EN 17353 – Requirements and Testing Methods”)  will set requirements for enhanced high-visibility personal protective equipment (PPE) with active lighting. Currently there are no testing standards or EU certification guideline for PPE that signals the presence of a person at night, when retroreflective elements are ineffective.

Although these methods are focused on requirements and testing methods for CE-type examination (CE-marking), some of the methods and technologies could have implications for other markets like sports, performance and workwear. Current research focuses on the merging of illumination and garments for smart, actively illuminated high-visibility garments to ensure that wearers are highly visible for drivers or operators of other technical devices.

The presentation shows updates from the project, plus lighting technology, safety requirements and garment care methods.

Jordan Schindler, Founder/CEO, Nufabrx

No longer is the day where clothing purchase is based on color, price or brand; what if primary decision making is driven by what benefit we want our clothing to impart on our bodies. Consumer health and wellness totally reimagined, and simplified, by delivering medications, vitamins and supplements directly through the garments that touch our bodies every day. Welcome to the world where textiles are the next forefront in drug delivery; and learn how everyday clothing is actually one of the best ways to solve patient compliance.

TBD - Lab to Market Topic
4:10 - 5 pm

Steve Schiffman, President, Industrial Fabrics Association International
Kim Glas, President and CEO, National Council of Textile Organizations

Full Details Coming Soon!

Join us for the Advanced Textiles Conference closing plenary session, featuring key industry association leaders including IFAI President Steve Schiffman and Kim Glas of NCTO!

This session will dive deep into the state of the textiles and industrial fabrics industry as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss ways that the associations serving the industry have positioned themselves to support the continued development, production, and sales of advanced textiles.

5 – 6:30 pm

Mix and mingle with fellow Advanced Textile Conference attendees over drinks and appetizers!

*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.