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Urban Expositions, SPESA, AAFA co-locate three sewn products events.

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N ext month, three events dedicated solely to the sewn products industry will take place under one roof for the first time. The occasion is the inaugural edition of a triennial event that has been in the works for two years.

Material World, sponsored by the Arlington, Va.-based American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA); SPESA Expo 2004, owned and produced by Raleigh, N.C.-based Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA™); and Technology Solutions, produced by AAFA, SPESA and Atlanta-based Urban Expositions LLC - also owner and producer of Material World - will take place Tuesday, May 18, through Thursday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla.

"While each exhibition will retain its own identity and deliver its own message, the co-location of SPESA Expo and Material World will provide the attendee a seamless opportunity to visit both shows," said Benton Gardner, executive vice president, SPESA.

First announced in 2002, the  three-day event will show an expected 12,000 visitors a complete array of products and services offered by more than 500 exhibitors from 25 countries.

"Recognizing that the sewn products industry has changed dramatically over the past few years, SPESA and Urban Expositions believe that the industry is best served if visitors can see all the major components of the sewn products industry in one place, at one time," said Tim von Gal, executive vice president, Urban Expositions.

Altogether, 12,000 visitors are expected to attend Material World, SPESA Expo 2004 and Technology Solutions.

Material World
The Spring 2004 edition of Material World marks the sixth time it has been held since it was first introduced in September 2000, and the second time a Spring show has been held. Visitors will find that educational activities, networking opportunities, product packaging and trend pavilions at this year's show will be enhanced by a focus on preparation for the removal of textile trade quotas at the end of this year and the effects that event will have on the industry.

Educational programs offered will  include a pre-show conference entitled "Advanced Strategies for Today's Sewn Products Companies," to be held Monday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The AAFA Executive Sourcing Summit will officially kick off Material World Tuesday morning from 7:45 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The summit, moderated by Kevin M. Burke, president and CEO of AAFA, will feature a panel of executives from Jones Apparel Group Inc., Wolverine World Wide and VF Corp. leading a discussion of industry issues.

Cary, N.C.-based Cotton Incorporated will present its Spring/Summer 2005 Trend Presentation on Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Sessions on the textile and apparel industry in Peru, and the possible repercussions of the Central American Free Trade Agreement also will be offered that day.

On Wednesday, May 19, visitors will have the opportunity to attend seminars on the Colombian textile and apparel industry; the impact of new trade programs and the removal of textile trade quotas in 2005 on sourcing; and trend, color and textile directions for upcoming seasons, presented by London-based Worth Global Style Network.

On Thursday, a seminar on the changing supply chain, presented by David Birnbaum of Third Horizon Ltd., will conclude the educational program.

Exhibitors from the Americas, the Caribbean Basin and Europe will offer Material World attendees such products and services as fabrics, fibers and threads, trimmings, closures, linings and interlinings, product identification systems, CAD and software systems, e-commerce solutions and global production resources.

Trend pavilions will offer visitors a  comprehensive look at Spring/Summer 2005 fashion trends. The pavilions will include: fabric environments, located throughout the show floor, that will offer a sensory look at seasonal themes and trend directions; color and video presentations dedicated to upcoming trends; and an idea-inspiring showcase of exhibitors' trimmings.

Material World will take place again in Spring 2005.

Material World, SPESA Expo 2004 and Technology Solutions will take place in Miami Beach, Fla.

SPESA Expo 2004
SPESA Expo prides itself on being the only Western Hemisphere-based sewn products industry trade event organized by a supplier organization. This year's expo has continued to attract international visitors involved in every sector of the sewn products industry, including apparel, leather, footwear, upholstered furniture, luggage, technical textiles, home furnishings and fashions, defense and medical softgoods, and transportation interiors.

The theme of this year's SPESA Expo, "The Trends and Technologies that Drive the Industry," emphasizes the variety of sewn products equipment, machinery, technology, software, supplies and services that will be exhibited.

In addition, a number of exhibitors - including Paris-based Lectra; Tolland, Conn.-based Gerber Technology Inc.; and Taiwan-based Siruba Latin America - will provide demonstrations of their machinery and equipment.

The SPESA Expo conference program will offer attendees three tracks  of seminars - Speed to Market, Business Strategies and Lowering Manufacturing Costs.

The conference keynote presentation will be given Wednesday morning by Mary T. O'Rourke, The Jassin-O'Rourke Group LLC, New York City; and Michael T. Fralix, Ph.D., Textile Clothing/Technology Corp., Cary, N.C. O'Rourke and Fralix will focus on the consequences of the removal of textile quotas in 2005.

Conference attendees also will have the chance to participate in 23 seminars. Topics will include developments in digital printing, 3-D product development and product development in a full-package environment, among many others.

SPESA Expo is scheduled again in 2007.

Technology Solutions
The second edition of the Technology Solutions Exposition and Conference will address the needs of those involved at every level of the sewn products industry supply chain, including sourcing and product development executives; department, logistics, design and merchandising, and manufacturing managers; information technology personnel; logistics and distribution; and retail solutions; among others.

Technology Solutions also will offer an educational program divided into three tracks dedicated to product lifecycle management, sourcing and production management and supply chain management.

Presentation and case study topics will include successful enterprise systems, internalizing the supply chain for competitive advantage, computerized pattern making, and the use of body-scanning technology in made-to-measure clothing.

On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Paula Rosenblum of Boston-based AMR Research Inc. will present keynote addresses focused on responsive sourcing.

A technology roundtable moderated by Rick Ludolph of Productive Solutions, Marietta, Ga., will conclude the educational program Thursday morning.

For more information about Material World, contact Urban Expositions (678) 285-3976; fax (678) 285-7469; tim.von.gal@material-world.com; www.material-world.com.
For more information about SPESA Expo 2004, contact (919) 872-8909; fax (919) 872-1915; info@spesa.org; www.spesaexpo.com.
For more information about Technology Solutions, contact (800) 318-2238, (678) 285-3976; info@techsolutionsexpo.com; www.techsolutionsexpo.com.

April 2004