IFAI Expo is organized for your benefit. Experience fresh ideas and creative thinking for new products, applications, markets and business practices. Connect with industry leaders from around the globe. No other textile trade event puts you face-to-face with fiber producers, fabric suppliers, equipment manufacturers and service providers.As the largest specialty fabrics event in the Americas, this show offers the broadest exposure to the foundation and the future of the entire specialty fabrics industry, with more than 400 exhibits.Connect with all levels of industry professionals at receptions, luncheons, special events and on the trade show floor. Review the schedule and program for an overview of events. Or start connecting now through IFAI Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Schedule of events

To learn more about events, dates and times, click here.

Attendee Brochure

Click here for the Expo 2017 Attendee Brochure.

Trade Show Hours

Wednesday, September 27 – 11am-5:30pm
Thursday, September 28 – 11am – 5:30pm
Friday, September 29 – 9am – 2pm

Travel and Hotel

Hotels and Shuttle

IFAI has secured room blocks at New Orleans hotels offering attendees and exhibitors discounted rates. Be sure to book your hotel accommodations at one of the three below hotels by September 4.

*Sheraton New Orleans – Headquarter Hotel
*New Orleans Marriott
*JW Marriott New Orleans

*Shuttles will run to and from the Convention Center from these hotels. CLICK HERE for additional shuttle information

ConferenceDirect is the ONLY official Housing company for IFAI Expo. Book your room now for the best rates selection.


International Visitors and Visa Letter of Invitation


Book Your Flight

Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meetings or by calling our Delta Meeting Network Reservations at

When booking online at www.delta.com/meetings, select “Book Your Flight” and enter meeting code NMQ8R in the box provided.

Discounted Airport Shuttle

About New Orleans


For close to 100 years, the textiles industry has come to IFAI Expo to see the latest products, technologies and processes and for what really matters… connections. IFAI Expo offers connections to leading and innovative suppliers, connections to people like you that face similar challenges and connections to industry experts that can work with you on your path forward.

Gain technical knowledge, be the first to see new industry innovations, learn best practices and meet visionary manufacturers and industry influencers who will help you improve your business.

Learn best practices, consider if new product development is right for you, find new market growth. The opportunity to ask questions of industry veterans alone is priceless.

IFAI Expo education, designed by your peers to solve the challenges you are facing, features real-life case studies that will help you gain the know-how you need to succeed.

The show provides the widest range of manufacturing inputs and equipment for custom and mass-produced fabric industrial products feeding all industrial markets. Other shows may showcase brands name materials, but this is the only show providing access to competitive sourcing from a wide range of suppliers.

Create and maintain lasting supplier relationships. Custom product businesses depend on building strong partnerships with suppliers to keep production lines going without delays. The average IFAI Expo attendees serves five markets. Be above average. Discovered new markets and expand your business at IFAI Expo.

What new relationship will open up new possibilities for your business? Don’t miss a year of Expo and risk missing a new connection.