The fourteenth edition of Techtextil North America took place from June 20th to 22nd at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois (U.S.).
It was the fifth edition of Techtextil North America hosted outside of Atlanta, held in even years, and the first of its kind in Chicago. The Lakeside Center at McCormick Place provided a beautiful backdrop of the Chicago skyline, while over 3,000 attendees networked with producers, manufacturers and finishers from across the world over the course of the three-day event.
The two-in-one event, co-located with JEC Americas’ Future of Composites in Construction, resulted in the largest technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, and composites show in the U.S. this year – facilitating an active exchange of ideas and new partnerships across industries.
The 2017 Techtextil North America show hosted 167 exhibitors from 16 countries. The co-located event with JEC Americas attracted 3,096 visitors from around the world representing Apple, Tesla, Reebok and more.
Dennis Smith, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt North America, says, “We are pleased to announce that this year’s Techtextil North America, hosted in Chicago, Illinois, resulted in a 40% increase in attendance over the 2015 edition. Over the course of three days, the event garnered a dynamic audience – with visitors from geographies and verticals not represented at previous editions of the show. This significant growth in attendance indicates the industry’s increasing demand for international networking opportunities, and we are proud to provide a forum that facilitates new business relationships, and encourages global innovation for the textile industry.”
Techtextil North America 2017 saw a 15% increase in total number of exhibitors over the 2015 edition held in Houston, Texas, with 60% growth in space rented by overseas exhibitors.
The fifteenth edition of Techtextil North America, the only trade show in the Americas dedicated to technical textiles and nonwovens, will be co-located with Texprocess Americas, May 22-24, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas are set to attract upwards of 9,000 visitors, an estimated 500-plus exhibitors, and feature a symposium schedule with 120-plus speakers from across the industry spectrum.