The 5th edition of the International Conference on “Advances in Textiles, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles-ATNT 2008” will be organized by Texas Tech University in collaboration with Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, India from July 14-16, 2008. Several leading international professional bodies such as INDA, TAPPI (Nonwovens Division), IFAI (Safety and Protective Products Division) and Society of Dyers and Colorists (SDC-India) serve as honorary sponsors of this international meet.

The theme and venue of the international conference is timely as India offers enormous potential for the growth in technical textiles. A recent study by researchers at Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech University shows that the technical textile industry's growth in India will be in double digits for the next three to five years.

As the industry is growing with support from both public and private sectors, it is extremely important to bring leading scientists and industrialists from many parts of the world in one platform. The 5th edition of ATNT 2008 will focus on cutting-edge research and marketing papers spanning the entire segment of the textile industry from fiber to finish, nonwoven, technical textiles to marketing and economics. This year, the organizers will have a special/dedicated session on cotton.

For the first time in its history, the conference will also present awards to individuals who have played major roles in the growth of the technical textile industry in India.

A call for papers has been extended and brief abstracts should be sent to the organizing secretary listed below no later than May 15, 2008. Table-top presentations and sponsoring opportunities are also available. More information on this conference can be obtained at: www.atnt2008.com

Please contact: Dr. Seshadri “Ram” Ramkumar at s.ramkumar@ttu.edu.