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Outlook Conference 2017

May 21-23, 2017
Williamsburg Lodge, Colonial Williamsburg, VA USA

Created by the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), the Outlook Conference is a forum for industry leaders to discuss important issues and challenges ahead. Enhance your competitive edge, share your knowledge and help your business grow through networking opportunities, updates on important industry issues and expert educational seminars.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Chairman’s Golf Event
Monday, May 22, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration Open
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Anna Urman, Fairfax, VA PTAC office

This session will cover support and resources to small businesses seeking federal and state government contracting opportunities and overview of national PTAC/PTAP network.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Diana Wagner, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University

As new technologies emerge to augment, assist or restore human performance through wearable, powered robotic assistance, there is an increasing need to introduce soft materials to these devices. This talk will explore how industrial textiles are being appropriated to the functional apparel design of soft exo-suits to provide a comfortable, conformal and unobtrusive interface between human and machine.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Ron Houle, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

A new president, a new congress, and a changing national security environment brings broad changes to the Department of Defense. Changing priorities, new applications of technologies and a new focus on readiness will present opportunities and challenges. Hear about the most current trends in fundings and procurement for this year and the near future.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch

Opening Remarks and Annual Meeting Updates

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

John E. Connaughton, UNC-Charlotte

We will look at the economic effects of deregulation, corporate tax return/reduction, personal income tax reform, and infrastructure spending. Will theses changes generate an increase in U.S. GDP growth?

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

William B. Bonvillian, Director, MIT Washington Office

Review of the major challenges that developed for US manufacturing in the decade of the 2000s, and the resulting problems and decline. Summarize the new innovation policy approach for manufacturing that developed following the major industry university reports of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership starting in 2012. Evaluate the potential role of the 15 new advanced manufacturing institutes, as well as additional steps that need to be considered.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Alasdair Carmichael, PCI Wood Mackenzie

The presentation will review the global and local impacts of supply and demand on the synthetic fiber industry. We will also look at the influence of raw material pricing on synthetic fibers.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Michael Woody, Trans-Tex LLC

Since China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in December 2001, the U.S. has offshored millions of manufacturing jobs and left many domestic industries on life support. Michael McKeldon Woody, author of the book American Dragon: Winning the Global Manufacturing Wars Using the Universal Principles of Fewer, Faster, and Finer, explains the economic assumptions and questionable trade policies that placed us in this predicament, and what Washington DC should do to level the playing field. He also outlines general strategies that individual companies can implement to compete more effectively against imports.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner and Keynote, Jimmy Kemp, The Jack Kemp Foundation
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Lloyd Wood, Lloyd Wood Group

This session will recap USIFI & NFI activities in Washington on policy items of interest. Additionally, it will give outlook on ongoing and upcoming policy challenges.

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Break
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Aubrey Hilliard, Texican

This session will provide an overview of the economics behind shale oil and gas production.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jimmy Kemp, Jack Kemp Foundation

The American Idea: The Declaration of Independence applies to every individual; everyone should have the same opportunity to rise as high as their talents and efforts can carry them; and while people move ahead, we should endeavor to leave no one behind.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Revolution City Tour
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Annual Golf Tournament
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner

*schedule subject to change