A: IFAI Expo 2022 will be held on Wednesday-Friday, October 12-14 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, USA with education happening Tuesday-Friday, October 11-14.

A: IFAI will host the 2022 Expo live and in-person! IFAI is in constant contact with leadership at the Charlotte Convention Center and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to receive the latest updates on any potential effects on gatherings, safety measures, and other news related to COVID-19.

A: Attendees constantly point at complementary industries as being an area for potential growth for their businesses. This co-location will open opportunities for attendees to increase their business in textiles used for both internal and external textiles applications. IFAI Expo features specialty, advanced and industrial textile solutions with the largest contingency of attendees and exhibitors representing exterior sun protection. Messe Stuttgart’s Sun Shading Expo will deliver a show and education focused on the internal sun protection marketplace, in part, as they do through their R+T Trade Shows in Germany, China and Turkey.  R+T produces the leading world trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems.

These two events will bring together the textiles industry’s leading companies, latest innovations in equipment and textiles and valuable education, highlighting ways textile companies can provide high quality solutions for commercial businesses and consumers. Co-locating shows will provide unprecedented value in the opportunity to connect with customers, suppliers, end-product manufacturers and industry counterparts.

 

A: Our colocation with Sun Shading Expo North America will create the largest, most diverse, and engaging trade show floor we’ve ever had!  Both IFAI Expo and Sun Shading Expo attendees will have access to a combined show floor that will feature 300+ exhibit booths. Show floor education (campfires) will be open to attendees of both shows, as will keynote speakers and all networking receptions.  IFAI Expo classroom education will only be available to IFAI Expo registrants, and Sun Shading Expo classroom education will only be available to Sun Shading Expo registrants.

A: IFAI Expo 2022 is contracted with five hotels in downtown Charlotte. All of these hotels are within a five minute walk to the Charlotte Convention Center. The hotels are: The Westin Charlotte, Embassy Suites Uptown, Courtyard City Center, Hyatt Place Downtown, and Hilton Garden Inn Uptown. Nightly rates vary between $209 and $239 and you can book online via our official housing reservation page.

Note: IFAI Expo’s hotel blocks will be open to both Expo and Sun Shading Expo North America attendees!

A: A few days before the show, you will receive an email from IFAI Expo with a QR Code to scan and print your badge onsite at IFAI Expo 2022. There will be self-service kiosks located in the registration area at the Charlotte Convention Center.

A: We have a process for applying to receive a letter of invitation that first requires an individual to be fully registered and fully paid.  Once that is complete, please follow the instructions outlined here.

A: Registration for IFAI Expo 2022 is open now! Pricing varies based on IFAI membership status, as well as when you register. The earlier you register, the more you save! Early bird pricing will end on June 30.

A: Anyone and everyone within the textile industry is invited to attend IFAI Expo. This event is designed to serve those who are in any way a part of the industrial fabrics industry. 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.  We also offer dozens of hours of classroom education relevant to specific markets and divisions of IFAI’s membership.

To view a full list of exhibitors and do an advanced search for your specific interest area, view our show floor map!

 

A: Companies from around the world will be displaying their products, services and solutions in our exhibit halls! Attendees can visit exhibitors to discover new products and services, see a product demonstration, chat with exhibitors, and learn about existing products and services available to help move their own businesses forward.

What else can you expect to find on the show floor?  A wealth of engaging content!  Over 15 hours of “campfire” education – exciting 25 minute interactive sessions, demos, and more spread out across three separate campfire spaces.  Our innovation stage will include hours of sponsored content brought to you by IFAI partners.  The IFAI Hub is your central location for all things IFAI!  Chat with membership benefits partners, IFAI staff, or check in for our member division open meetings. And don’t forget about our Adopt-a-Puppy Fundraising booth!

There is more than enough to keep you busy all week!

 

A: Yes! The Expo Show Guide will be your place to find out everything happening at the show from the list of exhibitors and products/services on display to information on education and networking. The Expo Show Guide will be available for you as a hard copy publication when you arrive at Expo in October.

A: Yes! Join us for a selection of 12 unique 50-minute classroom sessions that will cover themes such as e-textiles, aerospace, sustainability, medical, health & wellness, and innovation in product and materials. In 2022 the Advanced Textiles Conference will expand to feature additional deep-dive workshops and a greater, more interactive presence on the show floor. Note you must purchase an All Access Registration to attend the Advanced Textiles Conference.

The Advanced Textiles Conference takes place the day before the show officially starts, on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 11.

Visit our Advanced Textiles Conference page for details.

A: IFAI Expo 2022 will offer more education than ever before! Our Advanced Textiles Conference is a full day on October 11 that features 12+ hours of industry specific education. During show floor hours on October 12-14, you can engage in 15+ hours of 25-minute “campfires”; interactive sessions, product demos, and more on the topics of Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protection, and Specialty Fabrics. Show floor education also includes Division Market Meetings which feature engaging content from IFAI member division leaders.

If you are looking for deeper dive education, you’ll find 20+ hours of 50-minute sessions spanning Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protection, Specialty Fabrics, and General Business topics!

 

A: IFAI does not typically provide accredited continuing education credit at our annual Expo. We are able to provide a certificate of attendance for specific sessions if needed upon special request.

A: Yes!  As always we are delighted to offer opportunities to our attendees beyond the show floor and classroom education.  Attendees can expect to engage with each other, catch up with old friends and make new friends at our Expo Opening Reception! Or connect with emerging leaders at our Young Professionals Happy Hour. We will also be hosting a downtown Charlotte Fun Run, our legendary offsite party – Industry Night and an adopt-a-puppy fundraising booth. There may also be offsite shop tours based on interest.

A: Like every year, IFAI Expo will have a companion mobile app to help you plan your conference agenda, find exhibitors and products, and connect with your peers, available to download for free in the weeks leading up to the event.

Beyond that, there will be additional options for networking, matchmaking, and sourcing via online platforms.  There will be no “virtual only” aspect of IFAI Expo 2022.

A: There is so much to do in Charlotte!  From dining, nightlife, live music, theater and museums, you will never be bored. Want to learn about everything Charlotte has to offer? Visit https://www.charlottesgotalot.com!

A: Please email our events team at events@ifai.com!  We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

A: CVS on North Graham Street near the Bank of America Stadium. Can schedule online and results will currently be available between 1-2 days for PCR test.

CVS on East Trade Street in the Epicentre. This is walking distance. Only have rapid tests available- results immediate.

Walgreens on Providence Road by Mint Museum Randolph. Approximately 8-10min car ride. Have both PCR/NAAT and rapid tests available.

Walgreens on South Boulevard. Approximately 15min car ride or 30min combination of light rail and walking. Have PCR tests available.

Find a Walgreens here. Find a CVS here.