Join ORCO at the AATCC International Conference – “Going Green in Greenville”!

Please come and visit the ORCO Team at the Splash, located in the Exhibit Room.

The ORCO Team will be at the AATCC International Conference, March 10-12 at the Hyatt in Greenville, SC.  We will be there to discuss your needs and present solutions from our extensive line of dyes, chemicals and auxiliaries for Textiles and Coatings.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Sustainability”, which is well reflected in the Educational Program (see below).  All attendees will receive a metal, reusable hot/cold travel mug, sponsored by Organic Dyes and Pigments LLC. Our own Barry Brady is the Moderator for the Educational Session “Navigating the Sustainability Landscape”

Online registration for the conference can be found HERE.

Make sure you come by and say Hi!



Keynote Presentation

9:00 am  You. In the Pilot’s Seat—Elizabeth McCormick, former Black Hawk Pilot

10:00   Break

10:30 am – 2:45 pm   Navigating the Sustainability Landscape

Moderator:  Barry P. Brady, Organic Dyes and Pigments LLC


10:30   Microfibre Release from Textiles: The Evolving Journey of Understanding—Craig Lindemann, W.L.Gore & Associates Inc.

11:00   Reducing Synthetic Microfiber Pollution—Andrea Ferris, Intrinsic Advanced Materials

11:30   Recycled Content in Textiles—Robert Demianew, Control Union Certifications North America

12:00  Lunch (on own)

1:45     Sustainability and Employee Engagement—Dave Burreson, Lands’ End

2:15     Developments in Digital Textile Printing Technology—Katelyn Lee, Cotton Incorporated

2:45     Break


3:00 – 4:15 pm   Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition

Moderator: Kanti Jasani, Performance & Technical Textile Consulting


4:15 – 5:15 pm   Young Professionals Presentation/Panel Discussion

Session Leader: Apurba Banerjee, Milwaukee Tool, Young Professionals Committee Co-Chair




9:00 – 11:45 am  Engineering Textiles for Technology and Innovation

Moderator:  Nelson E Houser, HTC Consultants


9:00     Visible Light Photocatalytic Functional TiO2/PVDF Nanofibers for Dye Pollutant Degradation—Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University

9:30      Squid-Inspired Tandem Repeat Proteins: Functional Fibers and Films—Melik C. Demirel, Pennsylvania State University

10:00      Break

10:15      Green, Recyclable and Paradigm Shifting Radiant Blocking Fiber—Frank McCullough, Carbtex Technology Inc.

10:45      How Graphene Fiber Technology Can Work for You: Application of Graphene Fiber in Textiles—Matt Reid, Graphene One

11:15      Advances in Polyester Yarn and Fiber—Alex Gudac, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.


2:15 – 3:45 pm Discover Advances in E-Textiles

Moderator: Chris Jorgensen, IPC International Inc.


2:15      Wash Durable CNT Yarns for Wearable E-Textile Applications—Md. Milon Hossain, North Carolina State University

2:45      Smart Fabrics for the Furniture Industry – What Might They Be? What Problems do They Solve?—David Dean, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics

3:15      E-Textiles @ Warp Speed—Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills



9:00 – 11:45 am  The New Science of Comfort and Wellness

Moderator:  Dennis C. Scheer, SST Technology Solutions, Inc.


9:00      Renewable, Cost-effective, Comfortable, High Moisture Regain Fabrics Based on Bio derived Polymers Phil Brown, Clemson University

9:30      Practical Consequences of Radiant Heat Exchange Theory to Clothing Design—Emiel DenHartog, North Carolina State University

10:00      Break

10:15      Textile Odor Testing—Methods Development to Meet Changing Industry Needs—Siqi (Lance) Li, Microban International Ltd.

10:45      Using Three-Dimensional Body Scanning to Investigate the Ergonomic Fit of Personal Protective Clothing for Female Firefighters—Meredith McQuerry, Florida State University

11:15      Novel Modeling Method to Evaluate the Thermo-regulating Behavior of Micro Encapsulated PCMs Coated Fabric—Muhammad Owais Raza Siddiqui, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan


2:15 – 3:45 pm  Textiles for Health and Protection: Exploring Disease, Toxicity and Safety

Moderator:  Robina C. Hogan, Frankl & Thomas Inc.


2:15      Progresses in Development of Biocidal Textiles for Personal Protection—Gang Sun, University of California, Davis

2:45      Flammability Testing for Protective Clothing—Amanda H. Newsom, UL LLC

3:15      Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis Methods for Assessment of Contamination on Firefighter Turnout Gear—R. Bryan Ormond, North Carolina State University