Assisted NC businesses in winning 3,168 contracts minimum value of $10.3 billion

2019 FEDTEX: SESSION SUMMARIES

Acquisition and Supply Chain Opportunities: Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear and Accessories.  Acquisition officials from DoD and federal agencies will discuss current and near-term procurement of uniforms, apparel, footwear, outerwear and accessories, existing contracts and prime contractors/vendors for these items, and acquisition processes utilized by their agencies.  Panel members will also discuss budgetary, regulatory, supply chain and other resource challenges, and will seek iniput from industry on capacity and methods to meet agency requirements.  Interactive discussion with the audience is encouraged. 

Planned Future Requirements: Uniform and Product Development, Design and Standardization Initiatives. Requirements officials from DoD program offices, major commands and other agencies will discuss future requirements, ongoing product development, testing and evaluation, and design capabilities for textile-based uniforms, apparel and individual and organizational equipment.  Panel members will also identify their current industry, government and academia partners for ongoing product development and testing, and will identify resource, technical and other challenges in the product development process.  

Acquisition and Supply Chain Opportunities: Individual Tactical and Protective Equipment.  Acquisition officials from DoD and federal agencies will discuss current and near-term procurement of tactical (non-weapon) and protective equipment for the individual soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman and agency official. Panel members will also highlight existing contracts and prime contractors/vendors for these items, agency acquisition processes and budgetary, regulatory, supply chain and other resource challenges, and will seek iniput from industry on capacity and methods to meet agency requirements.  Interactive discussion with the audience is encouraged.

The Future of Military Textile Technologies: The Military Perspective. Representatives from research and development (R&D) organizations of DoD and federal agencies will present their perspective on the future of military textiles, and outline their priorities for future soldier systems, including uniforms, protective and tactical gear and textile-based organizational equipment.  The panel will also address military R&D capacity, and resources and programs to engage academia and industry in military textile R&D.

Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry. This session will focus on the recruitment, training, employment and retention of a skilled textile workforce. Panel members will also focus on specific resources, programs and initiatives in K-12, Community College and UNC systems, as well as textile-focused apprenticeships, internships and other sources of talent – including the transitioning military workforce.

The Future of Military Textile Technologies: The Industry and Academia Perspective.  Representatives from industry-leading universities and the Manufacturing Innovation Institute at MIT will discuss the future of textile technologies and the “Art of the Possible” in the next ten to twenty years.  Discussion will address, among other topics, the manufacturing-based revolution in transforming traditional fibers, yarns and fabrics into integrated, multi-functional and even networked devices and systems that will enhance lethality and survivability on the future battlefield.

Acquisition and Supply Chain Opportunities: Medical and Other Unit Equipment. Acquisition officials from DoD and federal agencies will discuss current and near-term procurement of traditional and non-woven textile-based organizational equipment, including service-wide (shelters, parachutes, filtration) and specialized (medical, camouflage) materiel.  Panel members will highlight existing contracts and prime contractors/vendors for these items, agency acquisition processes and budgetary, regulatory, supply chain and other resource challenges, and will seek input from industry on capacity and methods to meet agency requirements.  Interactive discussion with the audience is encouraged.

Research, Development, Testing and Professional Education Assets: Resources for Government and Industry.  Representatives from university- and community college-based institutions in North Carolina will present their capabilities to support defense and federal agencies and contractors with textile-specific research and development, materials testing, prototyping, product development and improvement and technology transition from industry to federal agencies.  Interactive discussion with the audience and federal representatives is encouraged. 

  • Denny Lewis (moderator), Director, North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
  • Dan St. Louis, Director, Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College
  • Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center, Kimbrell Campus, Gaston College
  • Dr. Roger Barker, Director, Textile Protection and Comfort Center and Burlington Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Tom Daugherty, Deputy Director, The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University

Mini-Session On the Expo Floor: Introduction to Federal Contracting and Business ResourcesThis session will include a presentation and discussion of tools and resources available from institutions in North Carolina to help businesses start, grow, and to leverage new markets, and to identify, preposition, compete for and successfully execute federal textile business. 

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