Programme announced for AATCC 2019 International Conference

AATCC is headed west to the Lone Star state for its 2019 International Conference. This “must attend” industry event will be held April 9-11 at the Sheraton Downtown in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Innovating Today for a Challenging Tomorrow is this year’s theme. Trey Bowles, Cofounder & Executive Chairman of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, will provide the keynote address. Bowles will present “Building the Future Innovation Ecosystem through Collaboration”. This keynote will explore the key components of an innovation ecosystem and how by working together we have the best chance of innovating today for the challenges of tomorrow.

Additional presentations and speakers include:

MADE in the USA

Stitch Texas: Apparel Development and Production in the USA

Kristopher Robin Stevens, Stitch Texas

Manufacturing in the USA

Wesley Horne, Hornwood Inc

Everest USA Scaling New Heights

Courtney Cruzan, Everest Textile USA LLC


              Higg MSI and Product Module – A New Tool for Material Selection and Environmental Assessment

Michele L Wallace, Cotton Incorporated

Visibility and Collective Action: Textiles’ New Narrative

Jessica Kosak, The Sustainability Consortium                      

California Proposition 65 – The Wild, Wild West

Louann Spirito, SGS Consumer and Retail Services

Microfibers and the Textile Industry: A Status Report

Ned Cochrane, Mount Vernon Mills, chair NCTO’s Microfibers Committee

Water Risks Influencing the Future of the Textile and Apparel Industry

Jacqueline Sewell, North Carolina State University

              Sustainability and Performance Today: Water-free Dyeing and PFC-free, Water-free DWR Finishing

Gary Selwyn, Green Theme Technologies Inc.

The Key Drivers and Impacts of the Chinese Government Regulatory Actions on the Textile Supply Chain

Ron Pedemonte, DyStar LP


Comparison of LED Lighting Adopted by Retailers to Typical LED Spectra Adopted by the CIE

Roland L. Connelly Sr., RoLyn Group Color Consultants

Working with Designers to Understand Feasibility

Christy Velez-Douglas, JCPenney

Lands’ End Universal Collection of Adaptive Clothing

Cathy Mays, Lands’ End

Retail’s Apocalypse or a New Dawn?

Tony R. Anzovino, Haggar Clothing Co.

Delivering Confidence in Color Lifecycle Management

Speaker from Datacolor


Waterless Dyeing of Denim: Real World Experiences and Learnings throughout the Introduction and Scale-up

Speaker from Pulcra Chemicals

              Insect Repellent Textiles and Apparel Value-Added Products for Today’s Savvy Consumers

Don Alexander, Anovotek, LLC

The Future of Cool: Advances in Cooling Technologies for Fabric

Apurba Banerjee, brrr° Inc.

              Intelligent Drapable Circuitry Design: A Philosophy for Scalable Electronic Textile Development

Madison Maxey, LOOMIA Technologies, Inc.

Challenges and Learnings on the Apparel Fabric Development Journey

Vikram Sharma, Honeywell Inc.


Effect of Novel Lightweight Material Innovations on the Physiological Comfort of Structural Firefighters

Meredith McQuerry, Florida State University 

Lenzing Drives Circular Economy in the Textile World through Branded Lyocell Fibers

Malvina Hoxha, Lenzing Fibers Inc.

Influence of Fiber Selection on Personal Microclimates and their Effects on Sleep Quality

Renuka Dhandapani, Cotton Incorporated

This event also includes a poster session, the Herman & Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition, the Textile Bowl, networking receptions with tabletop exhibits, and the Awards Luncheon, where AATCC’s most prestigious awards will be presented.

A day trip to Waco, Texas, is planned for attendees’ spouses and guests which includes a visit to Magnolia Market/Silos designed and owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines stars of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper.’

A pre-conference professional tour of Waco is planned for April 8 and requires a separate registration. This day trip is designed for textile professionals who are registered for the conference. Participants will learn about the city’s rich history while touring the city with stops at Magnolia Market and other businesses along the way.

Tabletop exhibits and sponsorships are available to promote a company’s presence at the conference. Take advantage of these opportunities to introduce the attendees to your company’s products and services.

The conference is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more details regarding the programme, accommodations, sponsorships, tabletops, or to register for AATCC’s 2019 International Conference, visit

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, educational programs, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.