Shade and Weather Show highlights

Specialty Fabrics Conference –The Specialty Fabrics Conference takes place on Tuesday, September 26 as part of the Expo Plus Conference Package. Take part in a full day of education and networking with sessions pertaining to specialty, shade and weather and marine. Many sessions to choose from. Attendees are free to move between sessions as they like. More information

Mentor Meetings  Free – Confidential advice from independent experts.  More Information

Shade and Weather and Specialty Fabrics Campfires  Free, interactive, casual  education sessions on the show floor. More information

Shade Sail Installation Demonstration – A unique interactive demonstration on the show floor by a group of shade sail experts that will highlight customer needs, method and components required, job conditions, permits and finally a complete shade sail installation. Wednesday, Sept 27 1:30 – 3 pm

Testing Program– Earn testing certificates from NCState, meet experts and attend Q&As in the Testing Demo Zone, take the free Intro to Testing Seminar. More info

Show Floor

400+ exhibitors with expertise in virtually every market

Fabric Sourcing Center – hundreds of fabric samples from our exhibitors, in one show floor location 

Campfiresfree education sessions on the show floor

Networking, Keynotes, Awards

Expo Plus Conference Networking Reception – Tuesday 5:30-7 pm – For Expo Plus Specialty Fabric Conference attendees; must be registered for Expo Plus Conference

Presented By: J.M. Rodgers

Opening Reception – Wednesday 5:30-8 pm – Open to all – National World War II Museum

Wednesday and Thursday Opening Keynotes – Powerful, inspirational messages; prior to show floor hours 

E-Textiles Standards Roundtable – Thursday 8-9:30am – Open to all
Moderated by the Department of Commerce

Open Meetings –located on the show floor in the IFAI Hub, a forum for members and non-members of IFAI to discuss program activity and industry impact

Free Lunch Friday – 11:30-1 pm – Open to all   link Free Lunch Friday here

Awards – Recognition for innovation  link Awards

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About us

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a trade association comprised of member companies representing the global specialty fabrics, advanced textiles, shade and geosynthetic marketplaces. IFAI invests more than $8 million each year to advance the industry and support member companies.

IFAI divisions offer market-specific events, publications, education, networking and other resources. For more information, click here.