SGIA and AATCC call for speaker submissions by July 31 for their November Digital Textile Printing Conference

Johnny Shell.
Johnny Shell.

Plans are underway for a digital textile printing conference, jointly hosted by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals (AATCC), November 29–30, 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The two-day event will feature industry experts focusing on solutions-based topics and case studies in three primary categories – image workflow and design, technology and markets, and sourcing and supply chain. “Digital textile printing is coming of age,” said Johnny Shell, Vice President of Technical Services, SGIA. “SGIA and AATCC are committed to providing opportunities for digital textile printers at every level to advance alongside their technology.” SGIA and AATCC have issued a call for abstracts for the conference, their second collaboration. “Presenting at the AATCC/SGIA digital textile printing conference will benefit speakers as much as it does the conference attendees,” Shell added. “It’s a great way to raise your company’s profile and your own – and to give back to the industry.”

Topics should incorporate the following areas:

  • Image Workflow and Design
  • Designing for Textiles
  • Colour Management/G7/RIP Software
  • Adobe
  • Technology and Markets
  • POP/Signage
  • Home Furnishings
  • Apparel
  • Pre/Post-Treatment and Finishing
  • Testing
  • Sourcing and Supply Chain
  • Fabric Sourcing (common and not so common)
  • Fabric requirements for digital textile
  • Cut-n-sew
  • Cutting innovations/capabilities/limitations for business models aimed at digital textile printing
  • Ink supply – pricing, range of colorant types, consolidation
  • Cutting Edge Innovations in Hardware/Materials/Print Heads
  • Case Studies
  • Why Digital Textiles?
  • Emerging Business Trends
  • Emerging Markets
  • Panel Discussions
  • Cutting Edge Innovations in Hardware/Materials/Print Heads

Submissions are due to Shell (jshell@sgia.org) no later than July 31, 2017. To be considered, potential speakers must include a presentation title, abstract, three learning outcomes/take aways and contact information. Omitting any of these components will disqualify the submission. A program committee will review the abstracts and notify speakers of their status as soon as possible. Presenters will receive complimentary registration to the conference.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.