SGIA & AATCC Sponsor 2017 Digital Textile Printing Conference

For Immediate Release June 8, 2017 Contact: Kate Achelpohl, SGIA 703.359.1364 Fairfax, Virginia — Plans are underway for a digital textile printing conference, jointly hosted by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and AATCC, The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals, November 29–30, 2017, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The two-day event will feature well-respected 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,” said Shell. “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
    • Color 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 Johnny Shell, Vice President of Technical Services, SGIA (, no later than July 31. 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 the status; presenters will receive complimentary registration to the conference. SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community Having its origins in the screen printing industry, SGIA embraced the digital revolution early on and is now the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community — SGIA.”
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