2021 Digital Textile Printing Conference

December 8, 2021 - December 9, 2021

ATTENTION Printing United Alliance and Idealliance Members: Click on the Register button below; select "Register as a Non-member"; click on the dropdown arrow and select Printing United Alliance/Idealliance member then complete the registration process.

2021-12-08 12:00 AM 2021 Digital Textile Printing Conference AATCC/PRINTING United Alliance 2021 Digital Textile Printing Conference December 8-9, 2021 Sheraton [...]

Event Overview

AATCC/PRINTING United Alliance 2021 Digital Textile Printing Conference
December 8-9, 2021
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, NC

Join AATCC and PRINTING United Alliance at the Digital Textile Printing 2021 Conference on December 8-9, 2021, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC. This event will explore the new state of digital textile printing with industry experts and leaders.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, this conference stands above all others in delivering relevant, cutting-edge content. In addition to presentations, the program committee is bringing back the ever-popular panel sessions where participants can get their questions addressed by the experts.

Don’t miss this exciting event! Register today!

  • Digital Textile Printing TimetablePresenters

    8:00 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
    Diana Wyman, AATCC Executive Vice President
    Ray Weiss, Printing United Alliance
    8:15 AMPanel Discussion: Digital & Donuts
    Digital Textile Printing Advisory Committee
    8:45 AMCoatings
    David Clark, Huntsman Textile Effects
    9:15 AMTechnologies and Applications that are Driving Digital Textile Printing Growth
    Victoria Nelson Harris, Mimaki USA
    9:45 AMBreak
    10:00 AMKornit Xdi Technology: The Next Evolution in Digital Printing
    Heftsy Elgar, Kornit Digital
    10:30 AMTechnology Advances in Digital Textile Printers, Inks and Production/RIP software
    Scott Donovan, DuPont
    11:15 AMPanel Discussion: Soft Signage
    11:45 AMLunch
    12:45 PMYoung Designer Spotlight
    Myrna Gutierrez (in-person) and Kaijie Chen (remote presentation)
    1:30 PMTopic and Speaker TBA
    2:00 PMPrint and Fabric Trends
    Rachel Crumbley, Cotton Incorporated
    2:30 PMBreak
    2:45 PMThe Left Brain-Right Brain for Digitizing Workflow
    Shoshana Burgett, Pink Elephant Productions
    3:30 PMTextile Print-on-Demand Design, Product, and Production Opportunities
    Kristen Dettoni, Design Pool LLC and Domanda Design
    4:00 PMPanel Discussion: Designing for the Future
    • Myrna Gutierrez
    • Rachel Crumbley
    • Shoshana Burgett
    • Kristen Dettoni
    4:45 PMClosing Remarks and Adjourn
    5:00 - 6:30 PMReception with Tabletop Displays
    8:00 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
    8:30 AMDissecting Your Color Profile
    Roy Bohnen, Coloronsite.com
    9:15 AMBreakthroughs in Managing Named Spot or Pantone Colors
    Dan Gillespie, Alder Color
    9:45 AMBreak
    10:00 AMG7 for DTG
    Travis Barcelona, Nazdar
    10:30 AMPanel Discussion: Color Management
    • Roy Bohnen
    • Dan Gillespie
    • Travis Barcelona
    11:00 AMAdvancements in Digital Cutting
    Nick Buettner, ISW
    11:45 AMThe effects of O2 Plasma Treatment to Increase Colour Saturation in Polyester
    Tasneem Sabir, Manchester Fashion Institute (remote presentation)
    12:15 PMLunch
    1:15 PMSourcing Inks to Answer Growing Sustainability Demands
    Samantha Shintay, Hohenstein Institute America
    1:45 PMRecycled Textiles
    Chad Bolick, Unifi
    2:15 PMThe Sustainable Future of Textile Dyeing and Finishing
    Simon Kew, Alchemie Technology
    2:45 PMBreak
    3:00 PMPanel Discussion: Sustainability
    • Samantha Shintay
    • Chad Bolick
    • Dee Roche
    3:30 PMClosing Remarks and Adjourn
    By attending this meeting, you give the Associations consent to use any photos, videos, or images of you or your likeness in any of the Associations’ media or materials.
    The Digital Textile Printing Conference will be located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. To learn more about Durham’s local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements, please visit City of Durham COVID-19 Guidelines and Service Update.

    For everyone’s safety, please plan on practicing appropriate hygiene measures including regular hand washing and sanitizing, wearing a face covering over both nose and mouth, and avoiding unnecessary contact with others. Please stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days. All onsite attendees will be expected to follow all national, state, and local laws regarding COVID-19. Thank you!

    David Clark, Business Development Manager, Inks – Huntsman Textile Effects, is a 1993 graduate in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University. He joined Carlisle Finishing as a dye and printing chemist that year and spent the next five years working in production and in the laboratory with both new product development and commission printing. In 1998, he joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now Huntsman) as a Technical Representative for digital printing and has worked in the developing digital textile market since then in both technical and commercial roles.
    Victoria Nelson Harris is Senior Textile Segment Specialist, from Mimaki USA. She holds a master’s degree in textile science & design from Jefferson University formerly known as Philadelphia University. Victoria has experience in a diverse range of textile fields, from dyeing and finishing, to apparel design and production.
    Heftsy Elgar has held roles in Technology Management since 1994. Following a bachelor’s degree, Heftsy entered the tech industry as a Technology Manager for companies in many industries (Telecom, Electric vehicles, robotics and automation, wireless energy) ; mentoring internal and external customers and professional workforce for customer success in operations through pre and post-sales engineering. expert in client needs analysis, with a consultative approach and a broad understanding of enterprise technologies and business context.

    Heftsy’s passion lies in the area where technology and people meet empowering them by the virtuous circle of knowledge, insights and actions while cultivating organizational excellence through learning processes.
    Myrna Gutierrez has a M.S. in Surface Imaging with experience in print & graphic design, and branding, and trend forecasting. A non-traditional textile print designer with experience. Her original patterns are rooted in pop-culture, modern art, and abstract collages. Each design is created with the intention of provoking a sense of sophistication, boldness with a beautiful aesthetic.
    Kaijie Chen is an artist and surface designer. Her work combines engineering technology, material exploration, and visual design to create experimental designs. The synthesis of engineering and design gives her work its unique aesthetics. She holds a master’s degree in Surface Imaging and a bachelor’s degree in Textile Design & Engineering. She is the recipient of numerous international awards, including the GOOD DESIGN® Award, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and A' Design Award. Her projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally at The School of Visual Arts in NY, the MOOD Museum of Design in Italy, Budapest Projekt Galéria in Hungary, and Hebei International Industrial Design Week in China. She has also given keynote speeches at SEGD (Society for Experiential Graphic Designs) and in DesignPhiladephia. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Boston, MA.
    Rachel Crumbley is a Senior Trend Forecaster at Cotton Incorporated. As an expert on global trends, Rachel researches and develops comprehensive seasonal trend forecasts 18-24 months ahead of the selling season for major apparel brands, mills, manufacturers, and retailers. Travel is a critical aspect of Rachel’s work and enables her to develop a more comprehensive composite of emerging global trends in color, fabric, and apparel silhouettes before they become mainstream.

    Rachel joined Cotton Incorporated in 2002 and has since provided innovative ideas and product direction to top apparel retailers in the United States. In addition to domestic companies, Rachel has worked with influential clientele throughout Europe and Asia and is a frequent presenter at major industry trade shows around the world. Rachel serves on the Menswear committee on the Color Association of the United States.
    Shoshana Burgett is owner of Pink Elephant Productions, LLC. She is a Global Marketing Strategist with extensive experience in voice-of-the-customer, analyzing markets, product development, and competitive research. Able to understand complex customer requirements and technical information turning it into compelling marketing messages and go-to-market strategies. Shoshana brings together creative, design thinking, development, manufacturing and marketing together to help businesses streamline their product launches and innovate. She has held positions at X-Rite, Pantone, and Xerox advancing customers’ needs by incorporating their voices into the company’s product, pricing, marketing, sales, and innovation strategies. Shoshana holds a Masters in Science in International Business and Personalization, and a B.A from School of Visual Arts and currently lives outside of Boston.
    Kristen Dettoni is the Founder of Design Pool LLC, the only pattern library created exclusively for interior designers. Based in New Hampshire, Design Pool is an innovative online resource of licensable patterns designed for residential and commercial interior products, such as upholstery, wallpaper, acoustic panels, flooring and more. Design Pool’s sister shop, Domanda Design, is an e-commerce print-on-demand store selling items directly to consumers. Kristen is an accomplished designer with twenty-seven years of experience in design, management, and marketing. She has designed and developed printed and woven products for the automotive, home furnishings, office, hospitality, and healthcare industries. She is extremely passionate about print-on-demand and the opportunities it presents for customization. Kristen believes strongly in the power of good design to transform our environments and ultimately, our lives.
    Roy Bohnen began his career in the graphics industry at Deluxe Corporation in Shoreview, Minnesota in 1976. Beginning as a stripper/dot etcher, he moved to the proprietary scanning and color layout systems in the early 1980's and applied traditional approaches to the electronic workstations. In the mid 1980's, Mr. Bohnen evolved into Systems Administration and Quality/Process Control for the various print locations across the country. In the early 1990's, he moved into Research and Development which concentrated on digital printing and workflow. In 1996, Mr. Bohnen founded Digital Attributes, which was a consulting organization for workflow and color control. In the early 2000's, Mr. Bohnen merged Digital Attributes with Chromaticity and became the Chief Technology Officer. As a consultant, Mr. Bohnen worked with many of the largest graphics providers in North America by providing consulting on color control for commercial print, packaging and packaging prototyping, large and grand format printing, dye sublimation on hard and soft goods, newspaper, ad agencies and more. These experiences ultimately lead to Epson America. As part of the Epson Team, Mr. Bohnen became a Member of the ICC Committee, the Flexographic Technical Association, CGATS and the Idealliance / Print Properties committees. Mr. Bohnen was asked to become part of the Epson dye sublimation rollout by providing dealer training on the setup, maintenance, use and positioning of the Epson F Series printers. Mr. Bohnen created and provided Color Setups for all competitive RIP’s on the F Series printers which were shared with the dealer channel and end users if the customer chose to use a RIP other than the bundled version. Mr. Bohnen retired from Epson in 2019 and started Color Onsite where he spends most of his time and efforts on dye sublimation and the DTG market.
    Travis Barcelona has been in the printing industry for over 30 years and has a technical background in screen printing and inkjet technology. He holds service certifications for several wide and grand format inkjet brands along with certifications for most of the major RIP software programs. Travis is a G7 certified expert and Printing United Color Instructor. He teaches courses in color management, inkjet technology, and root cause analysis. Travis understands all principles of inkjet printing from data processing, color management, media, ink chemistry, equipment operation, UV technology, fluid dynamics, amongst other topics that relate to the inkjet printing process. Travis has travelled globally teaching this technology along with working with clients and industry partners to solve ink, equipment, and printing issues. Travis resides at Nazdar’s Corporate office in Kansas City with whom he has been employed with for 25 years.
    Tasneem Sabir is a senior lecturer within Manchester Fashion Institute, at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Tasneem has 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering high quality learning & teaching material in the areas of Fashion Technology, applied to the Textile and Fashion Industries. In her role, Tasneem has research and enterprise experience in areas of material science, plasma processes, textile testing, quality management, colour science and recently in the area of functional and performance textiles to improve rehabilitation from sports injuries. Tasneem continues to support the textiles industry with product-specific projects.
    Chad Bolick has spent over 25 years as a sales and technical leader in the global textile industry. In his most recent role as Vice President Global Key Accounts at Unifi Manufacturing Inc., he leads the charge for adoption of sustainable synthetic fibers - driving global demand for REPREVE® recycled polyester and nylon fibers. Mr. Bolick works with large multinational companies like Nike and Target to help them integrate REPREVE fibers into their existing supply chains, and products while maintaining their high quality and performance standards. He sits on several working groups for Textile Exchange – the RPET group and Accelerating Circularity - and is a frequent speaker at industry and university events.
    Prior to his 12 years at Unifi, Chad held several management positions at Spectrum Yarns. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Technology from North Carolina State University.
    Dr. Simon Kew, Managing Director, leads Technology and Business Development at Alchemie Technology. He has over 17 years of experience in new product and process innovation applied to chemistry-enabled products. Working across industries, including consumer goods, foodstuffs, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, he has been responsible for delivering new products and process innovation programs worldwide including EU, US, Americas, and Asia. He specialises in the delivery of innovation using digital manufacturing technologies including inkjet printing and additive manufacturing technologies. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is a named inventor on 15+ patents.

  • Online Registration*
    Registration Form** (fillable PDF Form using Adobe Reader)

    *Note to Printing United Alliance and Idealliance Members: When registering online click on the Register button then select “Register as a Non-member”; click on the dropdown arrow and select Printing United Alliance/Idealliance member then complete the registration process.
    **AATCC Corporate members please complete the downloadable registration form and return it to Kim Nicholson to receive the discounted member’s rate.

    AATCC / Printing United Alliance / Idealliance MembersNonmembers
    Early Registration
    (on or before November 23)
    Final Registration
    (after November 23)

    Registration cancellations received in writing by November 23 at the AATCC Technical Center will be honored minus a US$75 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after November 23. Cancellation requests may be e-mailed to Kim Nicholson.

  • Sheraton Imperial Hotel
    4700 Emperor Blvd
    Durham, NC

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, North Carolina, USA, telephone +1.919.941.5050. Reservations may be made online or contact the hotel directly and specify attendance at the AATCC / Printing United Alliance conference to receive the group rate of US$149.00/night.

    The group rate will be available until 5:00 PM (ET) on November 15 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Once the room block is filled the group rate will NOT be honored.

    A first night’s room and tax deposit are due with each reservation. Deposits may be made by check or charged to an accepted credit card. Any changes to your hotel reservation must be made directly with the hotel.


    On Wednesday evening, December 8, there will be a suppliers’ reception with tabletop displays. Each supplier requesting display space will be asked to contribute US$500 to the suppliers’ reception to cover the cost of the reception. In order to sponsor a tabletop display you must be registered for the program.

    Contributing companies will receive the following:

    • signage displayed during the reception
    • company logo displayed on the event website
    • recognition during opening remarks

    Upgrade your sponsorship to include all of the above plus a two-minute promotional video to be shown during the event.

    You may be a sponsor of the reception and not request display space.

    Tabletops will be reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. Displays need to be confined to the surface of an 8′ table. Backdrops may be used as long as they can be contained on the table surface.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reach potential customers.  To reserve your tabletop complete and return the tabletop sponsorship form.

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