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Orlando event to focus on advanced textiles, sustainable design
Sep '10
IFAI Expo Americas 2010, the specialty fabric industry's one-stop-shop for connecting buyers with sellers, will host hundreds of exhibitors from the industry's top companies in fabrics, fiber, films and chemicals, end products, components, equipment, and technology services.

Ask Stephen Warner, president and CEO of Industrial Fabrics Association International if he's excited about his association's signature event, IFAI Expo Americas 2010, and he will tell you, "It's going to knock your socks off!"

Thousands of attendees are expected at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, USA, 27-29 Oct. It is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, after all, and Warner explained what makes 2010 exceptional. "This year has been very exciting because the specialty fabrics industry's activities are virtually ripped from the headlines," he said.

"Everywhere we look there are new opportunities for using specialty fabrics, such as temporary structures for disaster relief in Haiti and Chile; and of course, fabrics used in the emergency oil spill cleanup response in the Gulf of Mexico.

"This summer the world saw the soaring fabric designs of a World Cup Soccer stadium which served as a focal point for the most-watched sport in the world.

"We're providing high-performing camouflage for soldiers' uniforms; sustainable designs for green building; and environmental advances using geomembranes in coal ash containment, for example, which is currently being reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

IFAI is at the forefront of the global demand for new fibers, fabrics and technologies, and these will all be on display at Expo."

The Gulf Disaster: How the Specialty Fabrics Industry Responded

A fish jumps near workers laying protective oil booms near Pass a Loutre, Louisiana May 20, 2010. For nearly a month, roughly 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons/795,000 liters) of oil per day have been gushing from BP's broken Deepwater oil well situated in the Gulf of Mexico, in what could be named the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Several of IFAI's member companies that make oil boom were in the headlines this summer, from the Wall Street Journal, to NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered, and numerous major newspapers, magazines, and other prominent media around the world.

IFAI Expo is going to follow up with a special panel discussion on Thursday, 28 Oct., 1:30-3:00 pm entitled, "The Gulf Disaster: How the Specialty Fabrics Industry Responded," in which key industry leaders involved will review the industry response to the oil disaster in the Gulf.

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