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IFAI Expo will go virtual in 2020

In the Industry | August 10, 2020 | By:

Given the continuing uncertainty with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of the health and safety of the entire textile community, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will transition IFAI Expo 2020, set for Nov. 3-6, 2020 in Indianapolis, Ind., to an online-only, virtual event.

IFAI Virtual Expo will take place over several days in early November 2020 in a robust platform designed to provide many opportunities for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to discover, network and help grow their businesses. Going virtual allows attendees—both domestic and international—to experience IFAI Expo in a new way. Attendees will explore the knowledge-packed educational sessions from the comfort of their home or office. 

IFAI considered the impending potential cost exposure of exhibitors and attendees, and concerns for safety, as well as travel difficulties inhibiting attendance, and determined this was its best option. 

“The health and well-being of our staff, members and guests is paramount. We had a strong safety plan in place that exceeded the suggested guidelines, but with travel and border restrictions in place along with the rising COVID-19 cases in Indiana, we believe this is the right decision,” said Steve Schiffman, IFAI president and CEO. “We look forward to hosting the industry in Nashville, Tennessee next year for our 100th annual in-person Expo.”

Virtually, IFAI Expo will host numerous sessions both live and on-demand. Attendees will be able to view, hear and ask questions to speakers along with other attendees. Exhibitors and sponsors will have numerous opportunities to get their sales message in front of IFAI Expo’s qualified audience through virtual exhibit space, advertising within virtual event software, the digital show guide, sponsored sessions and networking lounges. 

Registration for the new IFAI Virtual Expo will be announced in August. For more information and answers to “Frequently Asked Questions” on IFAI Expo, please visit

IFAI Expo is North America’s largest specialty, industrial and advanced textiles event, hosting more than 300 exhibiting companies annually for an average 4,412 verified participants from 60+ countries. IFAI Expo is produced by IFAI, a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry since 1912. 

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