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AAFA Announces Material World New York Programs, Adds Africa Pavilion

The Arlington, Va.-based American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), organizer of Material World New York, has laid out its educational program plans for the three-day exhibition for the sewn products industry. The event will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 26-28, 2006, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City.

AAFA’s Supplier Resource Committee will kick off the educational programs Tuesday morning with a headliner event titled
“Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) : Integrating People, Processes and Information.” The program, subject to an admission fee of $50 in advance or $75 onsite, will offer case studies from three industry brands and their PLM users; as well as open panel discussions of business practices, technologies, and improvement and growth opportunities for businesses that implement PLM.

A new event this year will be Tuesday afternoon’s Designer Conversations, featuring a panel of New York-based designers discussing issues related to the current designer business. The free program will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

AAFA also announced a pavilion presenting more than 30 textile and apparel companies from Africa will be included among the numerous country and regional pavilions on the exhibit floor. The Africa Pavilion — organized by Trade Links LLC, a Washington-based company that promotes African products and services in the US market — will present a panel discussion on Tuesday afternoon titled “Brand Africa Presents: What’s New — Sourcing Apparel in Africa,” moderated by Bill Releford Jr., D.P.M., US president and CEO, Made in Africa Inc. — a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based manufacturer and marketer of apparel made in its network of facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. That program also is free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Material World New York will present programs on security and trade as well, in addition to numerous color and style trends. A complete schedule of events is available at www.material-world.com.

June 20, 2006