A: IFAI Expo 2021 will be held on Tuesday-Thursday, November 2-4, 2021 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with education happening Monday – Thursday, November 1-4.
A: IFAI is currently planning to host the 2021 Expo live and in-person, in Nashville, TN USA, November 2-4, with education happening November 1-4. We are optimistic that with the current pace of COVID-19 vaccinations, the event will occur as intended. IFAI is in constant contact with leadership at the Music City Center and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. to receive the latest updates on current restrictions on gatherings, safety measures, and other news related to COVID-19 that may affect Expo 2021.
Please visit https://www.visitmusiccity.com/covid-19-information for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Nashville.
A: In partnership with our hosts in Nashville, we have detailed information about the current COVID-19 status that is updated regularly as new information and data is made public. You can view that information here.
The Music City Center’s facility guidelines outline all current (and frequently updated) rules in place for COVID mitigation: https://www.nashvillemcc.com/sites/default/files/media/media-kit/healthandsafetyguidelines.pdf.
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.
For 2021, in limited capacity, we plan to offer up to 4 hours of accredited American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education at our Fabric Structures Summit on Thursday, November 4. Note that this is subject to change at any time without notice or explanation.
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 250+ exhibitors on the IFAI side and 150+ Sun Shading Expo exhibitors. Show floor education 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: For 2021, IFAI Expo is contracted with three downtown Nashville hotels, all within 5 minutes walking distance to the Music City Center: The Omni Nashville Hotel, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, and the Westin Nashville. Nightly rates start at $274 and you can book online via our housing reservation page.
Note: IFAI Expo’s hotel blocks are open to both Expo and Sun Shading Expo North America attendees!
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 will open publicly around May 1, 2021. Pricing varies based on IFAI membership status, as well as when you register. The earlier you register, the more you save! Registration details will be live on this website in early April.
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: We have both a schedule at a glance and a daily schedule, which you can find here! Please note that the schedule is subject to change and will be updated frequently as more presenters and activities are confirmed.
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 November.
A: Yes! 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. 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 Monday, November 1. Visit our Advanced Textiles Conference page for details.
A: IFAI Expo 2021 will offer more education than ever before! Our Advanced Textiles Conference is a half day on November 1 that features 12 hours of division specific education. During show floor hours on November 2-4, you can also engage in over 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 sponsored content on our Innovation Stage, and division membership open meetings.
If you are looking for deeper dive education, you’ll find 28 hours of 50-minute sessions spanning Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protection, Specialty Fabrics, and General Business topics!
For 2021, we are also introducing our first ever “Fabric Structures Summit”, an all-day event on Thursday, November 4 that begins with a keynote, includes 4 hours of AIA-accredited education, a tour of select show floor booths, and Fabric Structures specific panels and roundtable discussions. We are excited to pilot this new summit!
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 Nashville Historical Fun Run/Walk, a night on the town supporting our Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), a networking breakfast honoring IFAI Annual Award Winners, and an adopt-a-pet fundraising booth.
Full details about special features will be available in the coming months.
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, we have not yet made any determinations about potential virtual or hybrid elements of Expo 2021, though items being considered are the inclusion of virtual exhibitors (in addition to in-person), as well as live-streaming education to those not able to attend in person. When more information is known about potential virtual or hybrid events, it will be posted on this page!
A: Our friends at the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. have set up a fantastic website for IFAI Expo attendees to learn about everything Nashville has to offer! Click here to check it out!