General Event Questions
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 2019 takes place October 1-4, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The Expo takes place in the South building. The Advanced Textiles Conference takes place on Tuesday, October 1 and the Exhibit Hall will be open October 2-4. All education and exhibit events are taking place at the convention center. Shuttle service will be provided to and from IFAI hotels.
What is the Advanced Textiles Conference?
The Advanced Textiles Conference is 14 hours of classroom education that occurs over the span of 4 days (Oct. 1-4). The Advanced Textiles conference provides educational content specific to the Advanced Textiles market. Content is focused on military, medical, safety and protective, smart textiles, aerospace and other interactive textile products. The conference takes place in meeting rooms near the show floor. The Advanced Textiles conference includes a networking cocktail reception on Tuesday, October 1. Please note: You must register for an All-Access registration in order to participate.
What is an Expo Plus Registration?
A Expo Plus registration includes 10 hours of classroom education that occurs October 2-4 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: You must register for a Expo Plus registration in order to participate.
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. Campfires are 25 minute casual and intimate presentations covering a wide range of topics within the Industrial Fabrics arena. Each day offers between 10 – 20+ different campfire sessions.
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 Meeting dates and times.
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.
How many people attend?
On average, the Expo attracts 5,000 people with 350+ 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.
How can I make a donation to the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) or The Manufacturing for Good Demo booth?
To learn about IFF and to donate, please go to http://indfabfnd.com to learn more about this important part of the industrial fabrics industry. IFF has a vision of a well-educated workforce, with the knowledge and skills to bring quality, innovation and growth to our industry. The Foundation’s programs provide unique opportunities and access to education for current employees and their family members, as well as future employees. To accomplish this, the Foundation collaborates with individual, corporate, academic and other nonprofit partners who share the belief in education as the cornerstone of a strong and vital specialty fabrics industry.
The Manufacturing for Good demo booth is a working booth on the show floor where several exhibitors come together to share their materials, equipment and expertise to make desperately needed items for local charities. To donate to the Manufacturing for Good demo booth, please visit (LINK COMING SOON).
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 Orlando hotels at discounted rates. Click here to view the Travel and Hotel page for a full list of hotels and rates.
What other things can I do while in Orlando?
Learn more at Visit Orlando. https://www.visitorlando.com/en
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 registration desk on select days. Please view the availability schedule here(coming soon). 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 ala 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 email@example.com or
I need special accommodations to attend, what should I do?
When you are in the registration form, simply check the box that says “Please check here if you have ADA or dietary requirements” and a staff member will be in contact shortly. If you have registered already please email Annie Kassel at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the Pre-Expo Conference, 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.visitorlando.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 email@example.com or 1-800-328-4324.
May I receive certifications or continuing education credit (CEU) for attending this event?
While IFAI does not provide CEU for this event, we are happy to provide you with verification of attendance once the event is complete. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 Orange County Convention Center, please go to https://www.occc.net/Attendee