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Guide to IFAI Expo 2018

Posted: 7/23/2018

By: Collin Barnwell

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo is the nation's most premier industrial fabrics expo - complete with over 12,000 suppliers, manufactures and end users. In 2018, the IFAI Expo will be hosted in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Dallas.

2018 will be a HUGE year for the IFAI Expo as it is being held in conjunction with the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) - located in the same Convention Center hall.

To help with your preparation attending the IFAI Expo - we have created a brief guide to aide you in:

  • Navigating the Show Floor
  • Which Keynote Speakers you Have to See
  • Dallas Attractions and Entertainment

Navigating the Show Floor

The Show Floor at IFAI 2018 is packed with over 800 exhibitors and navigating your way around the Floor can be a daunting task.

DirecTex is excited to offer complimentary trade show floor admission to any participants who use our DirecTex VIP code.

VIP code: EP032

Register here: IFAI Expo 2018

Here are a few tips for ensure you take advantage of everything IFAI Expo 2018 has to offer:

  • Plan your trip - a Show Floor map and list of current exhibitors can be found here
  • Get there early - trade show floors get busier as the day progresses
  • Don't be afraid to network - the IFAI Expo is all about connecting with industry professionals and end-users

To help planning, a schedule of events for IFAI Expo 2018 can be found here.

Keynote Speaker and Campfire Chats

This years keynote speaker is Emmy award winner, Mark Scharenbroich. Mark Scharenbroich has spoken all across the country at industry expos and company events with a message that inspires audience members to be more engaged and passionate about connecting with others.

Campfire Chats are 20-minute education sessions on the show floor specific to an industrial fabrics market. These short presentations are informative and are must see for first-time visitors. Topics of Campfire Charts include: Advanced Textiles, Specialty Fabrics, Shade and Weather Protection.

More information on Mark Scharenbroich and other speakers can be found here.

Attractions and Entertainment

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Dallas, as so it is centrally located to hotspots of Dallas attractions, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

There are several 5-star restaurants located a short drive from the Convention Center. has a complete list of attractions and entertainment options for visitors. You can see their list here.

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