AATCC 2018 International Conference



2018 AATCC International ConferenceGreenville, South Carolina is the site for AATCC’s 2018 International Conference.  The Hyatt Regency is the conference venue for the March 6-8 event. The Hyatt is located in the trendy downtown area of Greenville and is near the area’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment.

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

Participate/Follow on Twitter using hashtag #a2ic18 during Conference!

Wednesday, March 7, 9:00 am
“The Retail Rebels – Who Will Conquer the Connected Consumer”

This insightful presentation from retail expert, Jerry Inman will explore how you collaborate, communicate and connect with the next generation of shoppers ­and employees – Generation Z, as they are definitely different.  Bye bye Baby Boomers and Gen Y –  Generation Z is now the largest demographic in America and represents 1 in 4 Americans. Retailers for years have strategized how  to engage and capture the mindset of the Millennials, the most researched group ever and now everything they have learned is turned upside down with GenZ.  The industry has changed radically in the last 36 months with the “Direct-to-Consumer” Shift and “Seasonless Story Telling” and now is the time for product development and manufacturers to come to the forefront to be a real trusted partner to retailers/brands. Discover what it takes to be a “Retail Rebel” and what has to change to capture this new shopper with mobilization and an abundance of influence today.  He will introduce strategies, progressive technology and teamwork needed to be “cray cray” and OK with
Gen Z.

Mr. Inman is a retail expert and motivational speaker who is regularly invited to speak at leading industry conferences and events. Focused on the retail, style and technology industries, Jerry  brings his innovative approach to concept to consumer strategies, Unified Commerce, “direct to consumer”  and season-less storytelling for the next generation of shoppers. He also sits on multiple boards in the technology and retail sectors.

2018 International ConferenceEducational TracksConference EventsTabletop ExhibitsSponsorships

AATCC International Conference
March 6-8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Register Early and Save!

Registrations and remittance must be received by February 12 to take advantage of the reduced fees. After February 12, you must register on-site and increased fees will apply.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

AATCC will honor written cancellations received by February 12, 2018. A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds will be given after February 12.

Conference Proceedings

Conference papers and/or PowerPoint presentations will be made available for download to attendees prior to the conference.

The program will consist of three concurrent tracks reflecting the Association’s three Interest Groups: Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C), Chemical Applications, and Materials.  For a list of topics, speakers, and available abstracts visit the individual tracks listed below.

Stay to the End to Win

As an added incentive for all attendees to remain for the entire program, we will have a drawing at the conclusion of each educational track on Thursday, March 8, for an Apple Watch. Tickets will be provided to all in attendance and you must be present to win.

Pre-Conference Tutorial

Fibers for High Performance Textiles
Tuesday, March 6, 2:00 – 5:15 pm

Presenter: Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor of Advanced Materials, Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory, Texas Tech University

High performance textiles are basically functional textiles that provide added value to the textiles in addition to common attributes of clothing materials. The functionality is achieved due to the starting material, i.e., fibers, structural aspects and finishing imparted to the final product.

This tutorial will focus on the first pillar, which is the raw material for advanced textiles product. The seminar is aimed at starters in the field as well as those who have the basic understanding of textiles and industrial textiles in particular. Subject areas covered will include: an outline of high performance textiles, classification of fibers, fibers that provide different functionality, functionality provided by 3-dimensional and structural fibers such as bi-component, sustainability aspects, micro and nano structural fibers, and what’s next?

The tutorial is not included with the conference registration. A discounted tutorial registration fee will be available to individuals attending the conference.  To register.

Welcoming Reception

Socialize with your colleagues and visit the tabletop exhibits while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages during the 6:00 – 8:00 pm reception on March 6.

Full registration includes ONE ticket to the Welcoming Reception. Additional tickets may be ordered in advance at US$40 each.

Keynote Presentation

Jerry Inman, Demand Worldwide, will provide the keynote presentation. This insightful presentation, “The Retail Rebels – Who Will Conquer the Connected Consumer”, will explore how you collaborate, communicate and connect with the next generation of shoppers ­and employees – Generation Z, as they are definitely different.

The presentation will be given at 9:00 a.m. on March 7.

Poster Session

Posters will be available for viewing March 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and all day on the 7th. Presenters will be in attendance on March 7 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm to discuss their research and address questions.

Additional information available soon.

Olney Medal Address

The Olney Medal Address will be presented on Thursday, March 8, from 8:15 – 8:55 am

Awards Luncheon

The Awards Luncheon will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 8. The program will feature the presentation of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in textile chemistry, the Harold C. Chapin Award for service to AATCC, the TCR Service Award, the J. W. Weaver Award for best paper published in AATCC Journal of Research, and the winners of the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition.

Full registration includes ONE ticket to the Awards Luncheon. Additional tickets may be ordered in advance at US$45 each.

Herman & Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition

The Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition will be held Wednesday, March 7, from 2:15 – 4:00 pm. Papers are judged on originality, scientific value, and presentation. AATCC Interest Groups provide the judges whose balloting determines the order of finish. Results of the competition will be announced at the Awards Luncheon.

Tabletop exhibits will feature color management software, systems, and solutions; auxiliaries, dyes, and chemicals; and testing equipment and services for the apparel and textile wet processing industry.

Exhibits will be open March 6 during the Welcoming Reception and from 7:30 – 8:45 am and 4:15 – 6:00 pm on March 7. A continental breakfast will be served in the exhibit area on March 7 and a reception will be held in the exhibit area that afternoon. Admittance to the exhibit area will require a conference badge.

Information on reserving a tabletop can be found by visiting the links below.

Reserve Your Tabletop Today!

Sponsorship opportunities are available to promote a company’s presence at our conference. These include having your company’s name and logo on the front cover of our conference program booklet or Awards Luncheon program; sponsoring a morning break or carving station at our Welcoming Reception; being a sponsor of our Welcoming Reception or keynote presentation and more.

A list of these sponsorships and the minimum contributions can be found on the sponsorship form.



Cotton Incorporated – Conference Registration Packet

Microban – Conference Program Booklet