IFAI expo going virtual for 2020


Given the continuing uncertainty with the spread of Covid-19 pandemic and the importance of the health and safety of the entire textile community, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), a member-owned trade association, has announced that IFAI Expo 2020, scheduled for November 3-6, 2020 in US will now be an online only virtual event.

IFAI Virtual Expo will take place over several days in early November 2020 in a robust platform designed to provide many exciting opportunities for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to discover, network and help grow their businesses. Going virtual will allow attendees both domestic and international to experience IFAI Expo in a new way. Attendees will explore the knowledge-packed educational sessions from the comfort of their home or office. Textile professionals from anywhere in the world can discover new products, chat, network and meet with exhibitors, communicate with colleagues and learn from world-class educators and presenters.

“The health and well being of our staff, members and guests is paramount. We had a strong safety plan in place that exceeded the suggested guidelines, but with travel and border restrictions in place along with the rising Covid-19 cases in Indiana, we believe this is the right decision,” Steve Schiffman, IFAI president/CEO, said in a press release. “We look forward to hosting the industry in Nashville, TN next year for our 100th annual in-person Expo.”

To prepare for this decision, IFAI consulted the IFAI board of directors, industry leaders, exhibitors as well as surveyed previous IFAI Expo attendees to see their level of interest in attending an in-person event in November 2020. IFAI learnt that there was a great appetite for IFAI Expo just not in-person this year. Although IFAI is disappointed to not to be able to host IFAI Expo in Indianapolis, the association is excited to announce that IFAI Expo can maintain its role as the #1 gathering space for innovation, sourcing and networking in the US textile industry.

Virtually, IFAI Expo will host numerous sessions both live and on-demand. Deep-dive education sessions, campfires and the Advanced Textiles Conference will take place right from your computer. Attendees will be able to view, hear and ask questions to speakers along with other attendees. Exhibitors and sponsors will have numerous opportunities to get their sales message in front of IFAI Expo’s qualified audience through virtual exhibit space, advertising within virtual event software, the digital show guide, sponsored sessions, networking lounges and more.

Attendees will be able to visit with exhibitors by navigating to their virtual exhibit booth which will offer ways to present product information that is easy to access, connect with exhibit booth staff by chat, a live call or setting up an appointment and more.

Registration for the new IFAI Virtual Expo will be announced in August.