The ATP board is excited to announce the new name of the division: Emerging Technologies Division (ETD). ATP has strived to bring programming and education to its members that harnesses the newest in textile innovations and cultivates the future generation of professionals. The Division now has an evolved purpose statement to be an “…international resource providing members with the most current information on research, best practices and innovative knowledge available to advance emerging technologies within materials, products, processes and more.” Click here to read the Emerging Technologies Division’s full purpose statement.
The name change comes along with the update of the Association’s rebrand to the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA), formerly known as the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). ATA’s new name prompted the assessment of the similarly named Advanced Textiles Products Division. The Advisory Board thoughtfully considered the current and future initiatives of ATP, with the determination that emerging technology, regardless of markets served, was at the forefront of the division’s existence.
ETD looks forward to expanding its updated initiative and bringing value to its members. We hope to see you at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, NC from October 12–14, and at the Advanced Textiles Conference on October 11. The Division update meeting will be held October 12 at 1 pm – this is a great chance to ask questions about the name change and understand how you can get involved. You can learn more at ifaiexpo.com or please reach out to Member Programs Manager Janelle Buerkley at Janelle.Buerkley@textiles.org for more information.