Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina

Join us on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina for the ninth edition of SPESA’s 'Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies' Conference in collaboration with Techtextil North America.


Successful manufacturers lead change in disruptive times through innovation.


Innovation is about the successful exploitation of new ideas and technology and is essential for sustained competitiveness and wealth creation. Companies that innovate generally stay ahead of their competition. New technologies, new solutions, new processes and methods are all part of the total processes of innovation.


'Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies' conferences are always designed to help fashion apparel and sewn products manufacturers improve their qualities and manufacturing efficiencies to stay ahead of competition.


This year’s conference theme is Manufacturing in an On-Demand World and will focus on the most innovative topics of the industry including Automation, Micro-Factories, The Internet of Sewn Products, Software Connectivity, and others.


You’ll hear from industry experts about the most innovative methods and technologies offered today and learn insights about where the sewn products industry is heading.




  • 9:00am-9:30am | Breakfast


  • 9:30am-11:30am | Micro-Factories & On-Demand Manufacturing
    Join our panel of experts for a discussion on how micro-factories exist in the market today, how they can change the supply chain as we know it, what potential hurdles exist in micro-factory technologies, and much more. Panelist include:
    Michael Rabin, President at Morgan Tecnica America, Leonard Marano, Vice President at Gerber Technology, Yoram Burg, Regional Sales Director, Americas at EFI Optitex


  • 11:30am-1:00pm | Lunch & Networking


  • 1:00pm-3:00pm | The Internet of Sewn Products & Industry 4.0
    Sewn products manufacturing is taking the concepts of Industry 4.0 & IoT to a new level. This panel will discuss the challenges our industry has faced in connectivity, and how we continue to push the industry towards a fully-connected supply chain. Panelists include
    Kirby Best, President & Chairman at PAAT International, Limuel Sagadraca, Vice President Professional Services at Lectra, Roberto Mangual, CEO at Exenta, and Mariano Amezcua, President at DAP America.


  • 3:00pm-3:15pm  | Coffee Break & Networking


  • 3:15pm-5:30pm  | Advancing Automation: Will robots take our jobs one day? Hear from our experts on the role of automation in the sewn products industry, what it means for manufacturing, what challenges still remain, and how the industry can work together to solve them. Panelists include Rick Frye, Director of Engineering at Brother International, Frank Henderson, CEO at Henderson Sewing Machine Co., and Dr. Mike Fralix, President & CEO at [TC]2.


  • 6:00pm-8:30pm  | Networking Reception
    SPESA attendees are invited to attend the Techtextil reception at the North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles. Transportation will be provided from the Raleigh Convention Center. Tickets are required for this event.


*This event was rescheduled from November 2018.