General Event Questions
How will COVID-19 affect IFAI Expo in November?
As the organizer of IFAI Expo, IFAI’s primary concern is and will always be the safety of our members, attendees, exhibitors, vendors, industry partners, staff and others involved in the show.
Based on the information we have today (June 11, 2020), we are planning for IFAI Expo to happen as planned on November 4-6, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN USA. Unless restricted by government order, Expo will happen in person with some virtual elements to compliment the show. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will follow any protocols provided by international, federal and local government and health agencies including Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the state of Indiana Department of Health.
We recognize that the situation is rapidly evolving and that alternative plans may be necessary as the date of the event gets closer. If the situation changes, we will update this statement and inform all IFAI Expo participants.
The Indiana Convention Center, host of IFAI’s Expo in November, has released a COVID-19 mitigation plan for all events in the foreseeable future. Our host hotels, all Marriott properties, have also release their new cleanliness policies, all to ensure attendees have the safest, healthiest experience possible.
Who can attend the IFAI Expo?
The IFAI Expo is designed to serve those who are a part of the industrial fabrics industry. Please visit IFAI.com/divisions to see a full list of our divisions and find out if this event will meet your needs. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the industry or source new materials for projects you have in development that you need assistance with. Our exhibitors offer a wide range and depth of options in the industrial fabrics markets. To view a full list of exhibitors and do an advanced search for your specific interest area, click here.
When and where is IFAI Expo taking place?
IFAI Expo 2020 takes place November 3-6, 2020 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. The Advanced Textiles Conference takes place on Tuesday, November 3 and the Exhibit Hall will be open November 4-6. All education and exhibit events are taking place at the convention center.
What is the Advanced Textiles Conference?
Tuesday, November 3 is dedicated to the Advanced Textiles field. Join us for a selection of 12 unique 50-minute classroom sessions that will cover themes such as sustainability, medical, health & wellness, and innovation in product and materials. The day concludes with the Advanced Textiles Networking Reception. Advanced Textiles-focused education will also take place on November 4 and 5! Please note you must purchase an All Access Registration to attend the Advanced Textiles Conference.
What is an Expo Plus Registration?
Expo Plus registration includes 16 hours of classroom education that occurs November 4-6 and provides education content specific to the Specialty and Shade and Weather Protection markets. Content is focused on awnings, tarp, graphics, inflatables, fabric structures, tent, cut and sew an equipment. Classroom sessions take place in meeting rooms near the show floor. Please note: Expo Plus Registration does not include the Advanced Textiles Conference on November 3.
Is there any education available on the show floor?
IFAI Expo offers daily education on the exhibit show floor open to all and included in all registration packages. These are called Campfires. There are three camp fire areas; Advanced Textiles, Shade and Weather Protection and Specialty Fabrics. Campfires are 25 minute casual and intimate presentations covering a wide range of topics within the Industrial Fabrics arena. There are over 30 campfire sessions over the course of three days!
What are Open Meetings?
Open meetings are a forum for members and non-members of IFAI and its Divisions to discuss the program activity and industry impact of each Division, swap ideas regarding industry changes and network with peers. Meetings are held daily and categorized by 14 divisions. See the Daily Schedule for Open Meetings coming soon.
What is the IFAI Hub?
The IFAI Hub is a large space in the exhibit hall dedicated to all things IFAI. The Hub is where you can explore membership and get questions answered, check out division kiosks and gather more information, interact with IFAI staff and explore all IFAI has to offer. You can also check out some great activities and exhibits celebrating IFAI Expo’s 100th Anniversary!
How many people attend?
On average, the Expo attracts 5,000 people with 300+ exhibit booths on the show floor.
Who are the exhibitors and what kind of products do they sell?
You can view the show floor and a current list of exhibitors here. At this site you can explore the full show floor plan for IFAI Expo and do an advanced search for any specific products you are looking for. You can also create an account to favorite the booths you would like to visit that you will also be able to access by signing into the events app to save you time and effort onsite.
Can I exhibit or sponsor at the IFAI Expo?
Exhibitors and sponsors at IFAI Expo are entitled to numerous event and promotional opportunities. We want you to have the best show possible, so please take advantage of any and all benefits. Please visit https://ifaiexpo.com/exhibit/ to learn more and book your space.
General IFAI Questions
Who is IFAI?
IFAI is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry. We invest more than $8 million each year to advance the industry and support member companies. IFAI provides events, publications, education, networking, business resources, industry advocacy and more. We work with members to provide sourcing solutions and referrals throughout the sales and production cycle. We deliver timely industry content to help you stay informed about your marketplace. Our divisions provide market-specific activities and benefits to members. www.ifai.com
Does IFAI have other events throughout the year?
IFAI hosts a number of online webinars, regional workshops, conferences and trade shows throughout the year that cater to a variety of different markets and divisions within the Industrial Fabrics industry. Go to www.ifai.com/events to view upcoming events.
How do I become an IFAI Member?
Join the only trade association in the world representing the entire specialty fabrics and advanced textiles industry. IFAI’s publications, conferences, online knowledge-base, staff experts, and industry connections are all centered on member success. Members benefits include marketplace networking, product and service exposure, market sector research and consultation, sourcing referrals, business service discounts, trade advocacy, and more. To learn more and sign up, please visit https://www.ifai.com/membership/
Travel and Hotel Questions
Are there any special hotel deals?
IFAI has contracted with a number of Indianapolis hotels at discounted rates. Click here to view the Travel and Hotel page for a full list of hotels and rates.
Are shuttles available to and from the convention center from Expo hotels?
At this time, there are no shuttles available between Expo hotels and the convention center. All Expo hotels are within one block of the convention center. If you require special mobility assistance please contact us.
What other things can I do while in Indianapolis?
Learn more at Visit Indy.
Is there a place for me to keep my luggage on the day I arrive/leave?
Luggage check will be available at the convention center near the IFAI Expo registration desk November 4-5 from 8 am – 6 pm and November 6 from 8 am – 3 pm. The cost per bag/item checked is $4.00 paid by the attendee in cash. If this does not accommodate your needs, please check with your hotel to see if they have a bell service option. Please note, luggage is not allowed in session rooms or on the show floor.
What is included in my registration?
There are a variety of registration packages available to both attendee and exhibitor. There are also a la carte events that can be added to a registration package. Please click here to see the full range of options.
Why does every person in my group have to have a unique email?
Our registration system requires a separate and unique email for every person who registers for IFAI Expo. You may use a professional or a personal email to register. If you do not have an email address you may set one up for free through several available online providers. It is extremely important that every person has a unique and accurate email address so you can receive updated and personalized information regarding your registration.
How do I receive membership pricing as a member?
Please note each employee needs to be listed on their company’s membership roster for the pricing to be applied. To confirm you are on your company’s roster, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
I need special accommodations to attend, what should I do?
When you are in the registration form, simply answer the question that asks if you need any ADA or dietary accommodations and a staff member will be in contact. If you have registered already please email Annie Kassel at email@example.com
May I bring my minor child with me?
Due to the nature of the equipment displayed on the show floor you are discouraged from bringing a minor child to the show floor. If you arrive onsite with a minor child, you must register them and sign a liability waiver form at the registration desk before the minor child can attend, no exceptions will be made. For conference education sessions no minor children will be allowed to preserve the academic nature of the sessions. Please make other arrangements for minor children, you may contact your hotel or visit www.VisitIndy.com for suggestions.
Where can I find the registration policies (terms and conditions) including the cancellation policy?
Please click here to view registration and cancellation policies.
Do you offer scholarships, financial aid, special pricing or discounts?
IFAI does not provide scholarships or financial aid for attendance to Expo. Several discounts will be advertised before the event and may be made available throughout the pre-registration period.
IFAI Members will receive automatic membership pricing for their registration by signing into their IFAI account. Please note each employee needs to be listed on their company’s membership roster for the pricing to be applied. To confirm you are on your company’s roster, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-328-4324.
May I receive certifications or continuing education credit (CEU) for attending this event?
While IFAI does not provide CEUs for this event, we are happy to provide you with verification of attendance once the event is complete. Please email email@example.com to ask for verification. If you are interested in IFAI’s certification programs, please visit https://www.ifai.com/resources/certification/
I am a member of the Press and would like to cover the IFAI Expo, what do I do?
You must contact Amy Collins, Director of Marketing, to be vetted to receive press credentials. Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Onsite Experience Questions
How do I know where to go when I’m onsite?
IFAI has a mobile app to assist in navigating the show floor along with daily schedules of events and other Expo related offerings which you can download a few weeks before the Expo begins. Download the app as soon as it is available to begin planning your experience, learn about all the sessions occurring, pre-plan your path on the show floor, and connect with other attendees. IFAI provides a printed show guide to all attendees at onsite registration that contains full listings of all exhibitors and sessions available and is a valuable asset in your Expo experience.
Are translators available during this event, may I engage my own translator and bring them with me?
Translators will not be provided to general attendees of IFAI Expo. If you engage a translator you must register them for the event and must pay for their registration in full. Translators are not allowed in session rooms to minimize distractions. All sessions are presented in English.
What should I bring with me to the event?
We recommend you bring lots of business cards, comfortable walking shoes, and light layers as the temperature can vary greatly depending on where you are in the convention center. Business casual attire is recommended.
Other questions about the Indiana Convention Center, please go to https://www.icclos.com/attendees/.