Sewn Products Industry to Converge on Texprocess Americas

Next month, retailers, brands and manufacturers will converge on the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for the third edition of Texprocess Americas, co-sponsored by SPESA. The conference, which will take place May 3-5, will open its doors on an international group of manufacturers presenting the latest in machinery and equipment, factory, processing and IT systems and services for developing textiles and other flexible materials. 

Special Areas
Texprocess will feature special areas including: a Graduate Student Poster Program where students can present their research; a  “Cool”  Zone, presented by [TC]2, for demonstrating new products and innovations; a special SEAMS pavilion; and a Global Booth where you can find social media gurus as well as information on other textile and sewn products conferences. 

Co-Located Events
As part of an ongoing co-location strategy, Techtextil North America and JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences will run concurrently alongside Texprocess Americas, making it the largest, technical textile, nonwoven, machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.

This V.I.P Dinner and Networking Event for today’s fashion, sewn products, and textiles professionals will be held by SPESA on May 3 at the new College Football Hall of Fame (adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center), a state-of-the-art facility featuring 50,000 square feet of unique event space, including an indoor Playing Field that can accommodate up to 1,450 people for the SPESA Tailgate Party. The event is expected to exceed 2014’s attendance of 450, and the proceeds will benefit the American Apparel Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to students who are studying for careers in the apparel and sewn products industry, and to date has given out more than 2,500. To learn more and reserve tickets visit

Texprocess Americas Symposium 2012
Texprocess will also feature a lineup of educational sessions to address some of the most topical issues of today’s sewn product industry. A full schedule follows: 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 

8:30 am – 11:00 am
Automation and Robotics – Present and Future Trends in Product Development
The sewn products industry is dynamically evolving with automation providing opportunities to reduce outsourcing. Processes involving robotics will soon be considered the way to go in advanced product development. Panelists will discuss what’s available, what’s coming and the effect this will have on the industry in the coming years. 
Moderator: Yoram Burg, President, Optitex, USA

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
How Technology Is Implemented Across the Globe to Increase Productivity in the Apparel Industry
Panelists will debate if the attention of the industry is shifting to — some would say back to — productivity improvements. This discussion will focus on technology’s  role in improving productivity globally and examine whether this is new tech, or a re-use of existing methods tabled previously. Also addressed will be whether large improvements in productivity can bring back production to high-cost economies, such as the United States, and if this will create a shift in competitive advantage or if lower-cost economies will make the same investments and retain their advantages. 
Moderator: Matthijas Criettee, IAF

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Long- and Short-Term Future of Technology in Apparel 
This session will address what brands and retailers need to know and how to choose the right technology for their business. 
Moderator: Ram Sareen, CEO, Tukatech

Creating a Competitive Advantage with an Integrated Cutting Room 
An integrated cutting room ? which includes marker making, spreading and cutting operations — has a profound impact on a company’s margins. This session will focus on how it can be a source of competitive advantage through the integration of custom equipment, advanced hardware, innovative software, and advanced production systems. The end results are lower cost structures, fewer errors/mistakes (as data is seamlessly transferred between functions instead of being input manually), better quality, and reduced speed to market. Work orders are therefore managed more effectively and processed more efficiently, allowing for a greater value for your end customer. 
Moderator: Dave Gardner, Managing Director, SPESA

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

8:30 am – 11:00 am
Reshoring. Is It for Real or Still Just Talk?
In this session, industry leaders from across the sewn products supply chain will discuss their companies’ domestic success and how reshoring has been a strategic part of their business. Topics covered will include: Current challenges and how to overcome them; opportunities within the domestic marketplace; profitability; importance of supply chain integration; the role of technology; and keys for success moving forward.  
Moderator: Will Duncan, Will Duncan and Associates 

3D Evolution: Using 3D in the Apparel Fit Process 
We have all seen 3D visualizations of garment designs, heard about avatars, and read how many physical samples this new evolution in technology will eliminate. But is it true or just hype? How does it work to aid in the fit process? How do companies compare? In this panel discussion on “fit” and the features of  each technology, all panelists were given identical parameters of fit problems and avatar types to present so you can easily compare across offerings, and see where this technology might fit into your company’s process.
Moderator: Pat Trautman, Global Garment Engineering 

11:30 am – 1:00 pm 
Connecting Technical Textiles and Composites 
Developed by Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas and JEC Americas 
Learn how companies have made the connection between technical textiles and composites. Three industry experts will discuss their experiences during an open forum panel. 

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm 
Wearables: Current Applications and Future Possibilities 
A discussion with product developers, researchers and ‘mad scientists’ regarding the current and future state of wearable technology within the industry. Topics will include: Wearable solutions, concepts and products; challenges in design and production; regulatory and standardization issues; opportunities for the industry; and changing our ways of thinking to accommodate wearables. 
Moderator: Kilara Le, Independent Consultant 

Advancements in Sewing Room Technologies 
Moderator: Mike Fralix, [TC]2

Thursday, May 5, 2016 

8:30 am – 11:00 am 
Welding and Stitch-Free Seam Technologies for Industrial and Apparel Products (joint session with Techtextil North America) 
Industrial fabrics and apparel with a seamless construction are gaining in popularity and this session will cover both welded and bonded stitch-free seam technologies, which are not the same thing. Welding is the process of joining pieces of synthetic fabrics with various methods: hot air, hot wedge, RF, ultrasonic, plunge, laser, and impact. Bonding, on the other hand, can be performed on two pieces of fabric by placing a heat activated material (adhesive) between them. Stitch-free seaming technologies are extensively used in performance apparel, sportswear, and fitted active wear. Technical outerwear is becoming less bulky and more form-fitting while retaining the latest advances in waterproof and breathable capability.

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