Showcasing the New and Innovative

The Show Stopper program was created to recognize the best of the best on the show floor, everything from improved applications to revolutionary designs. All IFAI Expo 2016 exhibitors are eligible to enter their new and innovative products/services for the chance to be honored as a Show Stopper!


To further benefit exhibitors and increase visibility of the new and innovative products/services, IFAI Expo 2016 will feature an updated Show Stopper program. This year, the popular program will drive attendees directly to participating exhibitors to learn more about their exciting Show Stopper.

Entries will be highlighted on-site with exclusive Show Stopper promotion and featured in IFAI Expo media. Promotional opportunities include:

  • September issue of Specialty Fabrics Review *must submit by July 4 to be included
  • IFAI Expo website and event app
  • On-site marketing materials in IFAI Expo 2016 common areas drawing attendees directly to participants’ booths
  • Exclusive signage to highlight each Show Stopper on the show floor

Winners will be announced onsite. A committee of industry specialists will determine the winners for IFAI Expo 2016.

  • All IFAI Expo 2016 exhibitors are eligible to enter
  • 6 submissions per company limit / one entry per submission form
  • Entries must be new as of June 2015
  • Entries cannot have been entered in previous IFAI Show Stopper program
  • There must be a significant improvements to products to enter (ie: new colors of a product submitted in previous years will not be accepted)
  • Entries must be manufactured/provided by the entering company
  • Participating exhibitors must prominently display their Show Stopper in their booths with signage provided by IFAI


  • Complete Show Stopper form by July 20th deadline
  • All valid entries will be promoted on IFAI’s website and those submitted by July 4th will be published in the 2016 September issue of Specialty Fabrics Review


  • All participants will have their Show Stopper prominently displayed in their booth
  • IFAI will provide signage to highlight the Show Stoppers on the show floor


  • A committee of industry experts will determine winners
  • Winners will be announced onsite at IFAI Expo 2016 and by IFAI’s official Twitter account
  • Awards will be distributed and pictures of winners will be taken
  • Winners will be published online and in the December issue of Specialty Fabrics Review
More Information

Entries include:

  • Products that are revolutionary in design and application
  • Products that have been around for years but have been redesigned for new efficiencies, new markets and new applications
  • New products that are more versatile, more effective, more efficient, more economical, more environmentally sound

Entries are separated into six categories:

  • Fabrics, fibers and films (bunting, netting, webbing, yarn)
  • Chemicals, coatings and compounds (adhesives, cleaners, coatings, dyes, inks, paints, protectants, sealants, sprays)
  • Hardware, findings and accessories (anchors, fasteners, frames, keder, lighting, pipe, thread, tubing, zippers)
  • Equipment and tools (attachments, cutting, printing, sealing, sewing, software, welding, winching)
  • Services to manufacturers (advertising, cleaning, consultants, converting, design, graphics, rental, repairs, training, treating)
  • End products (awnings, covers, curtains, enclosures, geomembranes, shelters, structures, tarps, window products)

Take the industry to the next level, become a Show Stopper!