The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) is to hold its next Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference in conjunction with the next Techtextil North America trade fair.

The conference will offer an insight into the major changes impacting manufacturing and the supply chain – and will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Wednesday 27 February.

The one-day event will be organised into three panel discussions that address the top technology advancements in manufacturing today, including micro-factories, automation, and software connectivity.

"Every major manufacturer, brand, and retailer that touches the textile industry is talking about speed-to-market, reshoring, quality control, and improving supply chains," says Michael McDonald, executive director of SPESA. "The Advancements Conference allows us to tackle these topics with the best experts in the industry. We're very excited about February and the opportunity to gather insights about the major changes impacting manufacturing today."

Badge holders will also have the ability to register for Techtextil North America's paid Symposium, including a session on Industry 4.0, which will discuss the barriers, solutions, and current trends of automation and data exchange in moving towards a smart textile supply chain, featuring SPESA board member Dr Mike Fralix.

"We believe that this co-location furthers the relationship between the technical textile and sewn products industries," adds Kristy Meade, show director for technical shows: textiles, sewn products, equipment and technology at Messe Frankfurt. 

"As these two industries continue to evolve and innovate, the companies in each face similar challenges and the solutions are increasingly dependent on collaboration and the incorporation of new technologies and processes throughout the supply chain."