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Techtextil North America Symposium from April 21
21
Nov '08
Symposium is Prime Opportunity to Learn of New Technologies, Applications and What Will Be Shaping the Industry in the Near Future.

The latest technology, applications, and the overall direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by experts and leaders from around the world during Techtextil North America Symposium(TNAS) being held April 21-23, 2009 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Held concurrently with the exhibition, the symposium will contain thirteen sessions with more than 65 presentations in a variety of formats that will cover a wide range of topics from composites, automotive, defense textiles and nanotechnology to performance textiles and materials technology.

“I am confident in the success of the upcoming Techtextil North America in Las Vegas,” comments Bill Smith, Symposium Director. “Though we are certainly in tough economic times, most individuals I speak with are still upbeat. Some are even reporting record sales while others are new suppliers entering the market. And the chance to expose in greater detail our industry to those in the Western part of the United States is receiving a growing enthusiasm.”

Keynote Address and General Session

Performance Fiber's CEO, Richard C. Brown, will present the keynote address “Adapting to Changing Times” which will focus on how the fiber industry has changed and how companies adjust to changes in order to remain competitive. Other topics in this opening session will include global participation, the state of the manufacturing industry in North America, and a look at the current state of the industry.

Buildtech / Architecture
Led by Dr. Barbara Pause, President of Textile Texting Solutions, this session will delve into the new developments of technical textiles in use for building and architecture. This is a fast growing segment of the industry and applications in this field are becoming more sophisticated and setting new design standards.

Introduction to Technical Textile Markets
For the first time ever there will be a session for those who are new to the industry which will provide a general introduction to technical textiles with an international team of presenters. This special session presents ideas and methods learned from several international conferences on the subject by the staff of International Newsletters

Military / Defense Textiles
This topic has always been one of the most successful in the history of the symposium and will once again be led by Eugene Wilusz, Ph.D. from Natick Soldier RD&E Center. The 2009 program will present an update on many new developments for the military that may be applicable for commercial use.

Composites / Aerospace
A fast growing major sub-set of technical textiles involving materials ranging from commercial products to ballistic protection to aerospace. This program will include information on the growing use of composites in products, including carbon and new materials and techniques. One topic will feature the growing use of structural composites in aircraft such as the Airbus 380 and the Boeing Dreamliner

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