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IFAI Expo Asia 2011 Roared into Singapore

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 roared into Singapore, the lion city, 22-25 March, and provided a new much-needed technical textiles forum for the Asia Pacific region. The combined trade exhibition and educational symposiums held at the glittering new Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, covered the spectrum of the cutting-edge developments occurring in the industry. The event, organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), attracted more than 1,400 registered participants from 39 countries. Large buyer delegations came from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Australia and Japan, as well as a surprising number of visitors from North America, Africa, Middle East and Europe. The visitor survey overwhelmingly showed that participants were looking for match-making opportunities.

“We are very pleased with the results,” said IFAI President Stephen M. Warner. “The mission of our organization is to provide the marketplace for the industry to gather and exchange information. IFAI Expo Asia 2011 exceeded our expectations.”

Notable dignitaries attending included Sujit Gulati, Joint Secretary of India’s Ministry of Textiles; Rory Holmes, president of INDA, the nonwovens association in North America; and Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, the nonwovens association located in Europe.

ifai_1TenCate sponsored the exciting lion dance which opened the show with great fanfare. ifai_2Herculite President Pete McKernan (far right) reviews his company’s new laminated textile products with members of the Thailand delegation.

Exhibitors came from 18 countries and included the largest U.S. contingent ever to participant in a technical textile show in the Asia Pacific region. IFAI Expo Asia 2011 was supported by the Singapore Tourism Board and the U.S. Department of Commerce, and was awarded the prestigious U.S. Trade Fair certification designation.

IFAI President Warner acknowledged their contribution. “The work done by U.S. Commercial Service offices and Singapore Tourism Board in bringing buyers to the show was outstanding.”

A personal message came from U.S. President Barack Obama to exhibitors and visitors supporting IFAI Expo Asia 2011, emphasizing the importance of cooperation within the international business community.

The event was all about making connections throughout the value chain. Companies exhibiting were on many different levels within the Asia Pacific market. Some were at an entry level looking for help in connecting with partners. Others had already been marketing within China, for example, but wanted to expand in Southeast Asia.

The Industrial Fabrics Association International expects to announce the dates and location of the next IFAI Expo Asia in the very near future. There is already keen interest and many exhibitors have expressed their intention to exhibit again.

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