The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) will serve as the academic partner of the Techtextil trade show next year from 12-14 May. This was announced by Messe Frankfurt, the organiser of Techtextil. Held concurrently with Texprocess Americas, the annual trade show has gone from strength to strength each year and this time returns to Atlanta after the 2019 showcase moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Georgia Tech is recognised as one of the largest research institutes in the South of the US and is ranked as the eighth top public university, fourth most innovative school and 71st best global university. What’s more, its Materials Science and Engineering Programme (MSE), has repeatedly made the 10 best list for both its undergraduate and graduate programmes.

With constant research efforts exploring various futuristic materials and electronic components, including: nanotechnology, light-emitting diodes (LEDS) nanocomposites and nano-sensors, the institute is seen as a fitting partner given the focus areas of the Techtextil and Texprocess trade shows.

“Georgia Tech is the perfect partner for the 2020 edition of Techtextil North America,” said Kristy Meade, Show Director, technical shows: Textiles, sewn products, equipment and technology at Messe Frankfurt North America. “Not only are they the leading university for material science and engineering nationwide, but they are a key player when it comes to industry research and innovation, with a focus on initiatives in Georgia and the Southeast.”

She continued, “The value of this partnership lies in the connections it creates – by serving as a bridge between leaders in the industry and students interested in pursuing a career in textiles.” This collaboration is said to be fruitful on both accounts; for the trade show’s exhibitors it provides a direct line to the latest research coming out of the university and provide further educational opportunities. Students of the university can in turn leverage the networking opportunity and explore potential career opportunities within the field. The partnership also serves to provide exposure for both parties, with the university able to broaden awareness around its latest work, whilst Georgia Tech students learn more about the field of textiles.