AATCC 2017 International Conference


Wilmington, North Carolina
is the site for AATCC’s 2017 International Conference.  The Hilton Riverside is the conference venue for the March 28-30 event. The Hilton is located on the Cape Fear Riverfront in Wilmington’s famed historic district. The hotel is an easy walk to popular attractions, including the Battleship North Carolina, Henrietta III sightseeing cruise, Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, shopping, dining and nightlife.

Information on things to see and do while in Wilmington can be found by visiting  this website.

A tutorial session will be held Tuesday, March 28, from 2:00-5:15 p.m. and will feature a LED Lighting and the Retail Supply Chain Tutorial taught by Ann Laidlaw, ACL Color Consulting LLC and Roland Connelly, RoLyn Group Color Consultants. A discounted tutorial registration fee is available to individuals attending the conference.

Keynote Presentation: Walmart: Investing in American Jobs
9:30 am, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Joe Quinn
Senior Director, Walmart Public Affairs and Government Relations

Mr. Quinn will talk about the company commitment to purchase and sell an additional $250 billion in US made products over a ten-year period.    His presentation looks at the efforts by the world’s largest retailer to work closely with large and small suppliers to bring jobs back to the United States from overseas location.   Quinn will talk about why Walmart customers indicate they are looking in store for products made in the US, and why this work is critical to the resurgence of thousands of communities.

The education portion of the conference will feature three tracks reflecting the Association’s Interest Groups: Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C), Chemical Applications, and Materials. Sessions in the C2C track will focus on advances in digital printing and product design, standardizing in a colorful world, designing products – quality, care, sustainability and creativity, and approaching business for growth and innovation.  The Chemical Applications track will address advances in dyeing technology, polymer and fiber modifications, odor management & evaluation, and the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition. Presentations in the Materials track will include natural and nature-inspired, healthcare, protective and military, and materials analysis.

The conference is open to anyone who would like to attend.

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Sponsorship opportunities are available to promote a company’s presence at our conference. Sponsorships include the conference program booklet, plenary speaker, Awards Luncheon program; morning breaks, carving stations; Welcoming Reception; exit giveaways in each education track and much more. A list of these sponsorships and the minimum contributions can be found on the IC Sponsorship Opportunities Form.

AATCC New England Section – Concept 2 Consumer® Track Exit Drawing Giveaway
Color Solutions International, a division of DyStar LP – Concept 2 Consumer® Track and a Carving/Specialty Station at the Welcoming Reception
Consumer Testing Laboratories Inc. –  Carving/Specialty Station at the Welcoming Reception
Cotton Incorporated
– Conference Registration Packet
GTI Graphic Technology, Inc. – Welcoming Reception Contributor
Huntsman – Awards Luncheon Program
Microban Products Company – Conference Program Booklet and the Chemical Applications Track
Organic Dyes & Pigments LLC – Chemical Applications Track Exit Drawing Giveaway
Pulcra Chemicals LLC – Carving/Specialty Station at the Welcoming Reception
SDL Atlas Textile Testing Solutions – Materials Track Exit Drawing Giveaway
TenCate Protective Fabrics – Keynote Presentation
X-Rite Pantone – Welcoming Reception Contributor