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April 1, 2004

Dear Members and Guests:

The Spring Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting is planned for May 5 and 6, 2004. We look forward to having you back in Raleigh, at the NC State University College of Textiles as we have an exciting program planned. A detailed agenda for the TAC meeting is attached.

In addition to the ITT Fellows Class of 2005 presenting their thesis research topics, one of the highlights of the Spring TAC Meeting is an opening address on the “Current Status of Trade Policies Affecting U. S. Textile Manufacturers,” by Auggie Tantolli, of AMTAC. We also are delighted to have other industry experts discussing “International Business Development Opportunities,” “Improving Fiber Quality with Gin Process Control (GPC) Technology,” and “Industry Forecasting: What Works and Pitfalls.” NC State Professor Denis Gray will discuss his research on “Obtaining Benefits from Industry/University Research Consortia: Findings from a 20-Year Program of Research.”

Please look through the attached announcement for additional details on the conference and the presenters. Also attached are meeting registration and hotel reservation information. A block of rooms has been reserved for May 5 at the Sheraton Capital Center in Downtown Raleigh, NC at the special rate of $89/night. The cut-off date for reservations is April 16, 2004. Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-325-3535 to make your reservation.

Due to the transition with NCSU and the absence of graduating students, our program for this spring has been abbreviated and is scheduled to begin the evening of May 5, with a pre-dinner presentation by Auggie Tantolli. The topic of this presentation is of extreme interest to our industry, and we trust that everyone will attend and use this opportunity to further solidify our position on textile trade matters. Meetings on May 6 are important in that we will be formulating our research agenda for the upcoming year in which we plan to have 10 to 15 ITT Fellows. This will allow us to resume our cycle of research projects and to address critical technical issues facing our industry.

We are extremely excited about the Spring TAC Program we have planned and hope you will be able to join us!


W. Gilbert O’Neal, Ph.D., P.E.

President and CEO


                                                                            ITT/NCSU Textile and Materials Research Consortium

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