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Techtextil Symposium to be held: a look at the line-up of discussion topics and speakers for this month's conference.

Concurrent with the Techtextil North America 2006 trade show, which is scheduled to take place March 28-30 in Atlanta GA, the Techtextil-Symposium North America will offer 65 lectures and is expected to provide a glimpse at the state of the industry and its outlook.

The conference will cover a plethora of application areas, ranging from automotive textiles and protective clothing to the latest in research and emerging technology, including a major segment devoted to the promising nanotechnology area, its application and impact on the industry. Below is an outline of the schedule as well as a listing of topics and speakers.

March 28, 2006, 8:30-11 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Welcome from Messe-Frankfurt USA: "A Word About TTNA"

Daniel McKinnon, executive director North American trade shows, and David Audrian, president, Messe-Frankfurt USA

Session 101-General Session

Session Chair: William Smith, principal, Industrial Textile Associates, Greer, SC; symposium director

Keynote: "Navigating the New Global Economy" Greg Rogowski, president, CEO, Performance Fibers, Colonial Heights, VA

"Putting The Industry In Perspective" William Smith, principal, Industrial Textile Associates, Greer, SC

"Dealing With An International Marketplace" Dr. Stephen Metzger, president, International Competitive Assessments, Cortlandt Manor, NY

"Relevant Trade Issues--A Changing Industry" Jim Leonard, deputy assistant secretary, textiles, Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

"The Challenge Ahead--Where We Are And Where We Are Going" Karl Spilhaus, president, National Textile Association, Boston, MA

1:30-4 p.m.--Three Concurrent Sessions

Session 102--National Textile Center Research Related To Technical Textiles

Session Chair: Dr. Martin Jacobs, executive director, National Textile Center, Spring House, PA

"NTC: Technology Transfer To The Fiber-Textile Industry" Dr. Martin Jacobs, National Textile Center, Spring House, PA

"Coated and Laminated Fabrics for Fuel Cells" Dr. Sabit Adanur, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

"Cellular Encapsulation Into Porous Alginate Fibers Dr. Phil Brown, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

"Micro-flow in Textiles" Dr. Johannes Leisen, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

"Protective Clothing: Demand Activated Toughening in Fabrics" Dr. Karl Jacob, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

"Boundary Lubrication and Molecular Assembly in Fiber Processing" Dr. Juan Hinestroza, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

"High Modulus Aliphatic Nylon Fibers" Dr. Richard Kotek, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

"Shape Memory Polymer Fibers for Comfort Wear" Dr. Fred Cook, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Session 103 Emerging Technology

Chair: Edward Gregor, president, Edward C. Gregor & Associates, LLC, Charlotte, NC

"Nanotechnology Excels In High-Performance Interior Fabrics" Marty Gurian, director of Engineering Resources and Technical Education, Designtex (subsidiary of Steelcase, Inc.), New York, NY

"Reducing Critical Heat and Flame Risk in Protective Apparel" Tyler Thatcher: President, Chapman Innovations, Salt Lake City, UT

"Self-Decontaminating Textiles Destroy Chemical and Biological Toxins" Dr. Alok Singh and Walter Dressick, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.

"Three Dimensional Fiber-Based Fluid Management Components" Dr. Bennett Ward, VP R&D; Jian Xiang, principal scientist, Filtrona Fibertec, Colonial Heights., VA

"High Modulus Thermoplastic Fibers for Use in Thermoset Composites" Dr. Brian Morin, president, Innegrity, LLC, Greenville, SC

Session 104 Protection-Law Enforcement and Military: Special Needs and Materials

Chair: Everett Smith, national sales manager, Hatch Inc., subsidiary of Armor Holdings, Oxnard, CA

"Forgotten Body Armor--The Development Of Protective Gloves and Riot Control Gear For Law Enforcement And Military" Bill Hatch, director R&D, Hatch Inc, Oxnard, CA

"What The Desert Has Taught Us--Lessons Learned About Protective Apparel For U.S. Soldiers" Speaker T.B.A., U.S. Army SSC, Natick, MA

"Developing Specialized Protective Products--FR Cooling for Body Armor" Skip Gehring, president, Gehring Textiles, NY

"Overview of New Fire Service Standards and Testing From NIOSH" William Haskell, NIOSH, Natick, MA

"Business Development and Product Introduction To The Public Safety Market" Wayne Barte, Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization, Wheeling, WV "Body Armor--Where Technology Has Brought Us And Where It Can Take Us, A Body Armor Technology Review" Speaker T.B.A., Armor Holding Inc., Jacksonville, FL

March 29:, 8:30-11 a.m. Three Concurrent Sessions Session 201--Developments In High Performance Fibers

Chair: Doug Jackson, principal, LMRA, Weaverville, NC

"Making Nanotechnology Real--Creating Permanent Performance Advantages In Natural And Synthetic Fibers" Dennis Schneider, director of marketing and sales, NanoHorizons, Inc.

"Photovoltaic Fibers Based on Dye Sensitized Titania" Dr. Russell Gaudiana, VP research and development, Konarka Technologies, Lowell, MA

"New High Performance Fiber of Polyetherimide (PEI) Resin" Ann Lak, Global Technical Manager, GE Plastics, Pittsfield, MA

"Development Of An Innovative Technology To Make Ceramic Fibers For Energy Harvesting And Active Structure Control" Richard Cass, president, Advanced Cerametrics, Lambertsville, NJ

"Metal Clad High Performance Polymer Fibers" Albert Abel, Production Manager Syscom Technology, Columbus, OH

Session 202: Nanotechnology 1--Research: What and How

Session Chair: Maurice Larrivee, materials team leader, Individual Protection Directorate, U.S. Army Soldier Center, Natick, MA

"Novel Customizable Fiber Surfaces" Dr. Juan Hinestroza, professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

"Polymer/Carbon Nanotube Composite Film and Fibers" Dr. Satish Kumar, professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

"Electrospun Magnetic Nanofibers with Anti-Counterfeiting Applications" Dr. Carlos Rinaldi, assistant professor, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

"Control of the Interfacial Interactions in Inorganic/Organic Nanocomposites" Dr. Rina Tannenbaum, associate professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

"Processes and Applications for Electrospun Nanofibers in Advanced Textiles" Dr. Gregory Rutledge, professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Session 203 Innovative Applications: High Performance Textiles Make Things Happen

Chair: Thad Fredrickson, ILC Dover, Frederica, DE

"Sea-Based XBR Radome Material Development" Sharon Elsworth, lead materials engineer, Raytheon Electronic Systems, Lexington Laboratory, Lexington, MA

"Defense and Comfort: New Advances in Impact Protection Textiles" Shane Ladwein, textiles global business manager, Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI

"Unique Applications of Electronic Textiles, Including Biophysical Monitoring and Energy Activated Textiles" Brian Wheeler, application development director, Textronics, Wilmington, DE

"Narrow Woven Fabrics for Innovative Solutions for Technical Applications" Louis Franconi, new business development, Bally Ribbon Mills, Bally, PA

"Nanofiber Process Technology and Unique Applications of Nano fibers" Jayesh Doshi, president, eSpin Technologies, Chattanooga, TN

Afternoon: 1:30-4 p.m.--Three Concurrent Sessions Session 204: Dealing With An International Marketplace

Chair: Dr Stephen Metzger, president, International Competitive Assessments, Cortlandt Manor, NY

"Playing Offense: Using Existing International Agreements and Rules to Expand Business" Brenda Jacobs, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, New York, NY

"Strategies for International Market Entry" Louis Franconi, new business development, Bally Ribbon Mills, Bally, PA

"Evaluating Overseas Projects: How to Proceed Using Methods That Work" Jorman Fields, president, TNC Global, Greensboro, NC

"Increasing Your Export Sales While Minimizing the Risks" Sharyn Koenig, senior business development officer, Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Washington, D.C.

"U.S. Government Resources for International Market Participation" Larry Brill, director market expansion division, Office of Textiles and Apparel, USDOC, Washington, D.C.

Session 205: Nanotechnology 2--Products and Applications

Session Chair: Peter Olejarz, program manager--Fiber Processing & Technology Team, U.S. Army Soldier Center, Natick, MA

"Smart and Interactive Textiles" Dr. Mahmoud El-Sherif, president and CEO, Photonics Laboratories, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

"Reactive Nanotechnology in Textiles for Chemical and Biological Agent Protection" Tom Pease, business unit manager, Gentex Corporation, Carbondale, PA "Nanofiber Technology: Opportunities and Challenges for Technical Textiles" Frank Ko, professor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

"Multifunctional Carbon Nanotube Yarns and Textiles for Fun and Profit: Artificial Muscle, Electronic Textile, Energy Storage and Harvesting,

Display, Electron Emission and Other Applications" Ray Baughman, director, NanoTech Institute, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

"Chemical Routes to Permanent Nanofinishes" Dr. Fred Cook, professor, Georgia Institute of Technology., Atlanta, GA

Session 206: Technical Nonwovens--Updates on Research and Product Applications

Chair: Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, professor and director, Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

"From Disposable To Re-Usable--Implications" Subhash Batra, distinguished professor and co-director, NCRC, Raleigh, NC

"Hydroentangling--A Path To Technical Nonwovens" Hooman Tafreshi, visiting assistant professor, NCRC, Raleigh, NC

"Commercially Feasible Strong Nano Fiber Based Nonwovens" Behnam Pourdeyhimi, distinguished professor, associate dean for industry research and extension and director NCRC, Raleigh, NC

"High Strength Durable Coated Fabrics Made From Nonwovens" Svetlana Verenich, research scientist, NCRC, Raleigh, NC

"Advances Made In Micro-Denier Durable Nonwovens" Robert Groten, senior manager, R&D, Freudenberg Evolon, Colmar, France

"Deep Molded Nonwovens--The Next Dimension" Carol Clemens, director of business development, Novolon Dimensional Fabrics, Freudenberg Nonwovens, Durham, NC

"Nonwovens With Stretch & Recovery" Ed Thomas, vice president, technology, BBA Fiberweb, Old Hickory, TN

March 30, 2006--8:30-11 a.m. Two Concurrent Morning Sessions Plus a Summary Session Session 301: Automotive Textiles and Nonwovens

Chair: Dr. Dong Zhang, senior research associate, Industrial Textile Associates

"Opportunities for Advanced Technology Nonwovens in Automotive Interiors and Exteriors" Robert Eller, Robert Eller Associates, Akron, OH

"Innovation Drives Nonwoven Interior Trim" Stephen Foss, John Starr, Inc., Naples, FL

"Biobased Natural Fiber Materials for Automotive Acoustical and Floor Coverings Applications" D.V., Parikh, Southern Regional Research Center, USDA-ARS, New Orleans, LA, and Y. Chen, School Of Human Ecology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

"New Textile Composites With Unique Thermo-Regulating Properties For Automotive Interior Applications" Dr. Barbara Pause, Textile Testing & Innovation, LLC., Longmont, CO

"New Filtration Media in Automotive Engineering" Andre Lang, plant manager, Jacob Holm Industries (Germany) GmbH

"Automotive Adhesive Applications: Back to the Future" Raza Hayder, Nordson Corporation, Dawsonville, GA

Session 302 Textiles: Looking Forward for Future Generations

Chair: Jim Kaufmann, president, Novacomp Inc, Willow Grove, PA

"Architectural Fabrics and Building Materials Needs" Rob Fryer, Philadelphia University Engineering and Design Studio, Philadelphia, PA

"Developing Near Infrared Spectral Reflectance Requirements for Military Textiles" Francisco Martinez, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Natick, MA

"Future Needs in Protective Clothing" Gene Wilusz, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Natick, MA

"Sustainable Textiles of the Future" Dr. Chris Pastore, Philadelphia University Engineering and Design Studio, Philadelphia, PA

"A Fabric Designer's Perspective" David Byers, by Design, Allendale, NJ

"Fibrous Materials for Composite Applications" Speaker to be determined

11:15 a.m. Session 303: Summary Panel--What happened at Techtextil? What's the Future?

Chair: William Smith, conference director, Industrial Textile Associates, Greer, SC
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