Professional => Vendors and sources => Topic started by: SunriseTacticalGear on January 23, 2016, 04:05:54 PM

Title: Industry conventions
Post by: SunriseTacticalGear on January 23, 2016, 04:05:54 PM
Guys, I wanted to start a thread where we can post any upcoming industry conventions. Off the top of my head it would include textile, sewing machine, laser, backpacking and law enforcement.
Please post the location, date and what benefits you could see for the users here also any other conventions that I may not have listed.
Thanks, Scott
Title: Re: Industry conventions
Post by: on January 23, 2016, 06:47:38 PM
Great idea! October 18-21, 2016 Technical fabric show.  Charlotte, NC, USA.  Brought to my attention by OCMike. January 17-20, 2017 SHOT show.  Las Vegas, NV, USA. techtextil May 3-5, 2016 Technical fabrics.  Atlanta, GA, USA. Worldwide listing of several specialty fabrics trade shows.
Title: Re: Industry conventions
Post by: essal on January 23, 2016, 09:36:01 PM
ITMA is probably THE place to be if you are interested in machinery and innovation around that area. It happens every 4 years (so next one is in 2020 I guess) and it's usually in Europe as far as I know. Probably out of the small business league but it is where all the new tech is showcased first. (

IWA in Nurenburg, Germany is probably one of the more popular European Mil/Leo trade shows. It's like an Euro Shot Show.. (

Future Forces (it was Future Soldier when I was there) in Praque is smaller than IWA but it's alright. Prague is also great for beer, hookers and getting in trouble with the mob... (

You can't be in this business and not mention OR. Happens twice a year, winter (Jan) and summer (Aug). It's in Salt Lake City in Utah.. Good luck getting a hotel room anywhere if you didn't book it like a year in advance. If you get a buyer pass then be prepared to get bombared with swag. (

ISPO is probably the biggest outdoor gear Euro show. Munich (?) in Germany. (

Techtextil also has an Euro show that I think is good, IFAI has a small one in Vancouver, BC which is mainly industrial fabric (that means marine etc.). I think it's in March but I can't remember.

I think some of the guys from DIY Tactical had a booth at SOFIC (that's where some asshole from Eagle Industries said that they were "tactical hackers" and shouldn't be allowed if I remember the story correctly). If I was a small and agile business I'd probably try to get a booth there. (