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November 2-3, 2016
November 4-5, 2016

in Manufacturing


"Localization and Globalization"

Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas


About the Conference

Designed to help manufacturers
improve their quality and
manufacturing efficiency
while reducing the lead-time
required for production.

The SPESA Advancements in
Manufacturing Technologies
conference showcases the
technical knowledge
and expertise of SPESA member
companies in a non-commercial,
educational-only event.

About the Conference

Learn from and share with
industry, government and academic
leaders on a wide range of current issues
and trends including domestic and regional manufacturing, workforce training, economics, government legislation, and more.

The SPESA Annual Executive
Conference has become a
“must attend” event for everyone
from suppliers to manufacturers
to brand and retail executives.



Members in the News

American & Efird
Celebrates 125

Founded here in 1891 as Nims Manufacturing, the company has grown to become the largest U.S. manufacturer and the world's second-largest manufacturer and distributor of premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. 

 The values on which the company was founded – including integrity, an uninterrupted quest for quality and innovation, a respect for its associates safety and wellbeing and a commitment to the communities in which it operates – still define A&E today.


Automation and Robotics Help Fuel Industry Resurgence at Texprocess Americas

Dave Gardner, managing director of SPESA and a long-time observer of the apparel industry, said he believes the recent resurgence of textile and apparel manufacturing in the U.S. is a bona fide trend.

Among the factors he cited are textile firms from India and China investing in U.S. facilities. Commenting to a group of journalists as the recent Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas exhibition and symposium was about to begin here, Gardner said, “Technology is critical to our industry. The biggest, newest thing for our show is automation and robotics.”

These industry-changing technologies were clearly evident during the three-day Atlanta event, both in the exhibit hall and the symposium rooms.

Henderson Sewing Machine Co., an Andalusia, Ala.-based supplier of industrial sewing machines, may have had the most robotic stand in Atlanta.

The company displayed several examples of the use of robotics in various types of sewing. Frank Henderson, the company’s CEO, was also a symposium panelist. He said he believes the evolving apparel industry is ripe for robotics.

“Robotics are more affordable than ever,” Henderson said. “Repetitive motion manufacturing jobs are jobs that can be automated today.”


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