All Access Registration

Emerging Technologies Conference: 18 unique 50-minute sessions featuring tracks in e-textiles, advanced manufacturing, and applications.

Also included in All Access Registration are all Expo Plus education (15+ hours) and show floor education including campfire sessions (10+ hours).

All Access Registration includes all education listed below.



Expo Plus Registration

Expo Plus Registration includes classroom sessions touching on advanced textiles, specialty fabrics, shade/weather, marine fabricators and general business topics (15+ hours) and all show floor education including campfire sessions (10+ hours).

Expo Plus Registration includes Expo Plus and show floor education listed below but does not include the Emerging Technologies Conference.



Show Floor Only Registration

Check out the best of what the show floor has to offer: 300+ exhibitors across 4 pavilions, plus 10+ hours of campfire sessions.

Show Floor Only Registration does not include Emerging Technologies Conference or any Expo Plus classroom education.


Deep Dive Workshops

Advanced Textiles Expo Workshops offer a chance for attendees to take a deep dive into important topics that will help you better run your business. Each workshop is taught by a leading expert in the field, with concrete takeaways that you can implement in your company today. Choose from two deep dive workshops on Tuesday, October 31 from 1–4 pm. Learn more about each deep dive workshop here.

*Additional registration add-on required


More than 60 speakers will provide industry insight during Advanced Textiles Expo 2023. View current Speakers and their bios here.

Education Sponsors

Thank you, Presenting Sponsor of Specialty Fabrics Campfire Sessions:

Education Options

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Wednesday, November 1

10–10:50 am

David Proctor, Ph.D., Technical Director, International Antimicrobial Council

This presentation will explain the differences between microbial and non-biocidal odor control technologies being used in the textile industry from three perspectives: technologies that are being used and how they work, regulation of these technologies in different locations, and how these technologies are tested. The presenter will also answer attempt to address what the appropriate options are for the specific textile product uses of presentation attendees.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how microbial odor control differs from non-biocidal odor control for textiles.
  2. Understand key regulatory considerations that differ for biocidal and non-biocidal odor control technologies for textiles.
  3. Understand how testing non-biocidal odor control technologies differs from testing biocidal odor control technologies used on textiles.


Frank Henderson, CEO, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc

Supply chains today have been disrupted more in the last few years than at any time in our history and will remain, unstable, within the textile supply base, until we understand Local for Local manufacturing, Automation integration and Technology innovation and not simply, relentlessly obsess in chasing low-cost Goods, at whatever quality level is required, which we equate to low- cost labor, expensive carbon footprints and long order lead times. Robotics, Technology and Automation can help our industry attain the real objective of driving profits, sustainable growth, sustainability and circularity of textile products within the Textile value chain.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Robotic Integration into sewn products is possible today
  2. Shortened order lead times are possible
  3. Over production is Not Acceptable today
  4. Sustainability and Circularity of textile products is attainable


Tammie Miller, Managing Director, TKO Miller LLC

Tammie has spent her career helping family and founder owned businesses navigate the world of mergers and acquisitions. This session will examine the current marketplace, valuations and what “not to do” if you are approached by a potential buyer. Tammie will discuss better ways to do business and who the different players are.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Business owners will understand current market valuation multiples
  2. Business owners will know the difference between strategic, private equity and quasi-strategic buyers and what they bring to the table
  3. Business owners will be enlightened on how to respond to an unsolicited offer and best practices when they do ultimately decide to exit their company


11–11:50 am

Kevin Croneigh, Quality Manager, Situ Biosciences LLC

The presentation will cover two general topics: Antimicrobial Testing requirements for various Textiles, as well as an introduction to ISO 17034 Certified Refence Materials (CRMs) designed for use as Test Controls in Standard Antimicrobial Methods. We will review what methods are commonly used for testing Textiles for Antimicrobial properties, how to utilize CRMs in Antimicrobial Methods, the benefits of utilizing Certified Test Controls for both testing laboratories and manufacturers, and how they can be utilized to gain insight into product performance and streamline the production and R&D processes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How Manufacturers can utilize Certified Test Controls to verify a laboratory’s performance, streamline R&D and production processes, and allow for long term tracking of a product’s performance.
  2. How Laboratories can utilize Certified Reference Materials to train employees, assess measurement uncertainty, and gain/maintain ISO 17025 accreditation
  3. How Certified Test Controls can be created to increase the level of quality throughout the textile industry
The Best Kwh Is Always the One We Do Not Need

William Rooney, Vice President Strategic Development, Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.

The presentation will cover conditions in the global sea logistics market including cargo volume, operational conditions, rates, government/regulatory involvement, labor, carrier activities, industry capacity and industry metrics. There will also be a look forward focusing on cargo volume, available capacity, operating conditions and industry structure.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Cargo market volume
  2. Available vessel capacity
  3. Operational capabilities and limits


Thursday, November 2

9–9:50 am Where Do We Go Next in our Evolution Toward Lower Carbon Performance Textiles?
PFAS Session

King Mukherjee, President, Global Impex USA and Professor, St John’s University; Bob Gazich, Vice President, Global Impex USA

The presentation will focus on how to create a successful internship program for a corporation. It will showcase how to recruit, mentor and grow a future workforce for the corporations. We will share tips where to and how to look for new pipeline of young professionals for our textile industry. We will touch on the topics of mentoring, retention strategy and diversity, equity and inclusion within a corporation’s recruitment strategies. As company CEOs and President, we will share how to lead the new generations of young professionals and motivate them for success. We will share some of the personal experiences. how to create a social incubator program through a successful internship program.

Learning objectives:

  1. Create an awareness of Internship program
  2. Showcase successful internship program through case study
  3. Retention strategies
  4. Mentoring strategies
  5. Creating a pipeline of young professionals for future workforce
  6. Showcase how to create an ecosystem of successful internship programs
10–10:50 am Emerging Technologies Session

Dr. Andre West, Director of Zeis Textiles Extension, North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textile

The legalization of hemp production in the United States (US) in 2018 triggered a research and development boom to apply the newfound resource. The textile industry, one of the most notable polluters in the world, looked to hemp as a more sustainable alternative to a multitude of fibers, including cotton. After discovering the numerous benefits of hemp, demand for hemp textile production rapidly increased.  However, currently, there is little to no guidance in the US for evaluating the properties of hemp to determine its ability to be made into a fiber. Fiber properties are measured for natural and synthetic fibers to ensure that the final product will perform adequately and is a necessary step in the textile production process. Therefore, to aid in developing more efficient industrial hemp production in the US, this research aims to evaluate the current characterization methods used for cotton, flax, wool,  hemp, etc. And determine their applicability for hemp textile fibers in the United States. The measurements chosen were based on the necessary information for spinning mills to produce high-quality hemp fiber. Test methods of fiber length, width, linear density, tensile strength, cohesion, cleanliness,  density, oil content, and color were reviewed and discussed. This review may shed new light on the hemp fiber characterization and measurement in the textile industry.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Knowledge about hemp fibers for textiles
  2. How hemp fits the sustainability model
  3. What is needed to move hemp into a viable alternative textile product
General Business Session
11–11:50 am Emerging Technologies Session

Adam Penner, Owner AP Consulting, AP Consulting and Technical Services

This presentation will introduce Rhino3D and its prevalence in the Marine Canvas industry. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Rhino3D compared to other software and why it’s implemented in so many canvas applications. We will then look at a quick demonstration project. If time allows, we will look at the tools available for making custom programs and software to automate processes unique to your business. The technology is better, cheaper, and easier to learn than ever, so now is a great time to push digital methods no matter a company’s size!

Learning Objectives:

  1. An understanding of what Rhino3D is and how it can be used for canvas projects
  2. A basic understanding of the workflow and learning curve
  3. Where to find appropriate learning resources to bring this technology to your business

Session sponsored by:

Nate Bolin, Partner, DLA Piper LLP

In this presentation, a panel of industry and government speakers will explain how textile companies can benefit from US Trade Agreements, reduce their tariff liability, and understand what new trade opportunities may soon result for future trade agreements under negotiation. The presentation will also cover what companies need to do to protect their supply chains and sell their products globally free from export control liability.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand key features of US trade agreements relevant to textile companies.
  2. Understand how to reduce tariffs on imports into the United States and take advantage of new trade opportunities
  3. Learn how to stay compliant with US export control and national security laws relevant to advanced textile technologies

Wednesday, November 1

10:30–10:55 am

Dr. Cristina Acevedo, Director, Acteev MED by Ascend Performance Materials

The health care textile industry demands more from materials and suppliers. Functionality goes beyond mere coverage or support, with materials expected to promote recovery, regulate moisture and temperature and offer antimicrobial properties. However, these benefits should not harm the environment or rely on unnecessary chemicals.

The industry is shifting toward cleaner solutions that minimize chemical use. Improvements in the patient’s experience is also crucial, requiring materials with enhanced breathability, moisture management, durability, and comfort. Innovations are emerging in polymer production, yarn development, and fabric construction with the goal of enhancing muscle recovery, lymphatic drainage, and wound healing. We’ll explore recent materials and technologies in health care and discuss key success factors in this market.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The changing needs of the health care industry around skin contact applications such as compression, wearables, elastics and more.
  2. Textile trends that address the new needs – including new reimbursements.
  3. New technologies and fabric constructions – and traditional ones that are resurfacing.
11–11:25 am

Paul Armstrong, P.E., CBO, Principal, Paul Armstrong Code Consulting Services (PACCS)

Description coming soon!

11:30–11:55 am

Brydon Roe, Lead Shade Architect, Shade Sails Canada Inc.

You may have heard about Shade Sails, seen them here or there and think there might be a business opportunity there, well you are right!

Although Shade Sails are out there, there are many many markets where they are either unknown and certainly under utilized.

You don’t have to know how to make Shade Sails or consider the manufacturing of Sails to get in the business…. Learn what you need to know and do to start your Shade Sail business or Add to your existing business.

The market is largely untouched in North America, there is opportunity, join this session to learn and ask where and what these opportunities are.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Better understanding of the support channels to help you stay out of manufacturing yet still be in the Shade Sail Business.
  2. Education is the key to your Success in Shade Sails
  3. Persistence, visualizations and customer service- keys to success
Noon–12:25 pm NASA Campfire
12:30–12:55 pm

Andrew Nasarczyk, Global Director – Research and Development, Gale Pacific Ltd

Globally, the technical fabric market is dominated by reinforced flexible polyvinyl-coated fabric (fPVC). The majority of companies supplying these fabrics design them based on what their clients want in terms of functionality, aesthetics, and cost. A significant challenge with fPVC is that the product is incredibly difficult and costly to recycle, condemning most end-of-life products to landfill. Circular products however are designed with radically different parameters in mind. There is much more time spent in the design phase which reduces the time and cost spent at the end of the product’s life. The product is therefore more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible throughout its life. The design phase does not differ from the waste management phase, they are all incorporated into one.

This session will provide real examples of markets and applications in Australia where fPVC products have been successfully phased out, with end-of-life products being diverted to recycling, rather than landfill. We will also talk about a future where true product circularity is possible, returning end-of-life products into new-generation technical fabrics.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a better understanding of what alternate materials can be used in applications traditionally serviced by flexible PVC.
  2. Product design and development will be discussed taking into account the full product lifecycle.
  3. Examples and case studies will be provided from experiences within the Australian market.
2:30–2:55 pm

Frank Keohan, Senior Technology Manager, Bolger & O’Hearn, Inc.

Liquid repellents based on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are rapidly being regulated out of existence for many industrial applications. The PFAS regulatory climate is complex and changing rapidly. Replacements for fluorochemical-based repellents have been developed that provide some of the required properties. Their application often requires process variation from standard fluorochemical repellents. The choice of fluorine-free product and application conditions are critical for obtaining the maximum performance from these new PFAS-replacement technologies. This is especially true for critical applications in medical and outdoor textile applications. Attendees will learn the basics behind different fluorine-free repellents, regulatory issues, and the evolving technology for increasing the performance of these products.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Repellent product regulatory environment
  2. Industry specifications, test methods and performance differences
  3. Development history of fluorine-free repellents and application methods


3–3:25 pm

Rebecca Combs, M.S., Materials Scientist, Claros Technologies

Though ultraviolet (UV) protection is highly desirable for garments and other textile products, many UV protective garments are made from synthetic materials like polyester and nylon, which can have deleterious effects on the environment. Developing a greener alternative can be challenging as natural fibers like cotton and bamboo are difficult to functionalize for high UV protection performance. Join us for a discussion of UV protection factor (UPF), natural fiber chemistry, and how chemistry inspired by nature can be used to increase UPF on natural fibers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define UPF and common methods/considerations of measuring UPF.
  2. Describe the basic surface chemistry of cellulose materials.
  3. Identify conjugated organic molecules with photoprotective properties.


3:30–4 pm Digital Printing: Unique Solution Offering That Differentiates

Thursday, November 2

10:30–10:55 am

Ike Dosch, Senior Multimedia Specialist, Exponent and Dr. Marika Walker, Manager, Research Consultant, Exponent

Every year, mountain rescue teams are dispatched to aid individuals in distress. These teams treat a variety of injury and ailments, including cases of moderate to severe hypothermia. While there is general guidance on the appropriate attire for outdoor sporting activities, as well as body positioning during an emergency, it is unclear what and how much impact winter protective garments have on clothing microclimates (i.e., volume, temperature, and humidity), and how these factors influence thermal comfort. This study explores the use of a novel 3D scanning method to quantify microclimate volume, void volumes, and garment compression, which are directly correlated to a garment’s ability to trap body heat. This method has the potential to aid in understanding how clothing microclimate is impacted by body positioning, and to recommend preferential body positioning in winter protective garments for optimal heat conservation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The definition of microclimate volume
  2. An understanding of how 3D scanning can be used to quantify microclimate volume in winter protective gear
  3. Potential applications of this method in investigating the impact of body positioning on microclimate volume in winter protective gear


11–11:25 am

Sara Beatty, President, White Haven Trade

Sara Beatty will update attendees on legislative developments concerning tariffs and trade, government procurement of textiles, and regulatory matters. Learn about the policy issues under debate in Washington that are relevant to domestic advanced textile manufacturers and how you can engage.

11:30–11:55 am

Robin DuBroy, Director of Operations, Shazeebo Shade Sails and Gregg Burrows, Head of Sales, Wholesale Shade

Do you keep getting calls from customers asking about “those triangle fabric things”? What is so great about shade sails anyways? Gregg and Robin are here to help demystify shade sails! We’ll cover all of the amazing benefits of shade sails, from the practical – like UV protection and energy efficiency- to the visual, and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain why shade sails are a great shade solution.
  2. Discuss the various practical and visual/aesthetic benefits of shade sails.
  3. Describe (and thus sell!) shade sails as the appealing shade solution that they are!
  4. Understand the basics of shade sail installation – it’s so easy!
Noon–12:25 pm Exploring the Power, Opportunities, & Trends of Automated Solutions to Keep Up With Demand
1:30–1:55 pm

Dr. Senay Baraki, Assistant Professor, Technical and Vocational Training Institute

The development of green dyeing technology from renewable, natural sources have attracted much attention in the field of environmentally friendly coloration of textile materials, however, the use of nanofibrils materials is still minimal. Here, we prepared a sustainable coloration of cotton fibers based on nanopolysaccharide materials. The nanopolysaccharide materials namely regenerated cellulose(RC) and regenerated chitin (RCh) were prepared by acid hydrolysis followed by mechanical process. According to transmission electronic microscope study the average length of regenerated cellulose (RC) fibrils was measured in the diameters ranged from 20 to 50 nm and lengths of a few of hundred nanometers were as regenerated chitin (RCh) fibrils have length in the range of micrometers and their diameter was 50 nanometers length. Both the regenerated cellulose (RC) and regenerated chitin (RCh) suspensions were dyed with reactive dye and a mixture of paste was prepared to color cotton fabric via a simple coating system. The results of scanning electronic microscope demonstrated that the dye paste was evenly deposited on the textile substrates and blocked in between of the fibers. Furthermore, the color fastness results revealed that the dyed cotton fabrics with RC and RCh shows comparable coloration performance to the conventional coloration method. Therefore, the use of renewable and biodegradable polymers as colorant demonstrated potential for replacing conventional dyeing method, which opened broadens prospects in coloration of textile materials.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The use of nature-based renewable nanomaterials as colorant materials
  2. Replacing the synthetic reactive dye, alkali, and salt in the dyeing of cotton fabric
  3. Promoting sustainability and nanodyeing


2–2:25 pm

Harry Centa Jr., Senior Program Manager, PartnerShip

Saving money on shipping expenses for your business is more important than ever in this challenging economy. You have options and decisions to make when it comes to shipping to receive the best value and savings.

PartnerShip, the ATA-preferred shipping provider that manages your member-exclusive shipping benefits, will explore 6 hidden hacks that members can use to save more with FedEx. Here’s your chance to learn how to get the most out of this free member benefit, and what you can do to lower your small package shipping expenses.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The 2023 UPS & FedEx rate increases.
  2. How to get the most out of My FedEx Rewards.
  3. How to get free package testing with FedEx.
  4. FedEx Multiweight pricing and much more!



2:30–2:55 pm

Eric Petersen, Director of Marketing, Spradling International, Inc. and Steve Rye, Senior Technical Services Manager, Global Coated Fabrics, OMNOVA Solutions, Inc.

You have undoubtedly encountered vinyl coated fabrics on seating and surfaces in many applications. Exterior marine applications, such as boats and personal watercraft, require products that meet the most demanding performance requirements for the outdoor environment. Due to the way vinyl coated fabrics are constructed, they can stand up to abrasion, tough stains, exposure to sunlight, low temperature flexibility (cold crack), and daily wear and tear. The top finish or topcoat is a very thin layer, yet it provides critical properties to the finished product, such as abrasion resistance, flex resistance, and impermeability.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize how the chemical and structural composition of vinyl coated fabrics delivers durable and reliable fabrics for marine applications.
  2. Evaluate vinyl coated fabric product properties that are suitable for marine applications.
  3. Learn how vinyl coated fabrics are engineered to help reduce the occurrence of pink stain and mildew growth.
3–3:25 pm

Seonyoung Youn, Ph.D. Student, North Carolina State University

The presentation aims to evaluate and compare advanced textile digitization and virtualization technology using drape. 3D virtual prototyping has been actively used in the textile and apparel industry, improving work efficiency, cost management, and seamless communication. Typically, the virtual simulators require the input of objective physical properties of textiles, which takes about 20 minutes per fabric. Recently, researchers developed an AI model based on image scanning, which takes about 5 minutes to virtualize fabric. We compare and evaluate the virtualized materials obtained from conventional and state-of-art technology using a drape as an indicator of the accuracy of simulation technology because a drape is a total visual representation of the fabric’s inherent mechanical and physical properties. The result will benefit 3D garment simulation users (e.g., apparel/textile designers, product developers, and technical engineers) to optimize the ability of simulator technology by understanding digitized physical properties and digitization tools.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Textile digitization process: how to virtualize fabric in a 3D environment
  2. Conventional digitization vs. State-of-technology digitization
  3. Drape comparison methods

Choose from two deep dive workshops.

Tuesday, October 31

1–4 pm

*Requires an add-on purchase during registration.

Toby Payne, Partner, Sales Trainer & Consultant, Sandler Training – Portland, Maine

Do you want to identify, attract, and onboard salespeople with a winning mindset, while ensuring their accountability, unwavering motivation and commitment to your company revenue goals and objectives?

Or do you ever find yourself struggling with existing salespeople who don’t achieve and exceed their quotas – let alone maximize their true selling potential?

Join us for an educational, methodical, and inspiring sales leadership program that will revolutionize the way you approach onboarding and nurturing your sales team. Our expert speaker, Toby Payne of Sandler Training will guide you through proven strategies and techniques to develop an effective and unstoppable team that consistently exceeds targets.

This program will cover:

  1. Understanding your salespeople and unlocking their potential.
  2. Streamlining the onboarding process.
  3. Creating a culture of accountability that empowers salespeople to take ownership of their targets and outcomes.
  4. Sustaining Motivation.

Learn more about deep dive workshops

1–4 pm ***Workshop Option 2 - Coming Soon!

***Requires an add-on purchase during registration.

Stay tuned as we announce the Emerging Technologies Conference line up!