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Material World Miami Beach: Sourcing Hub

Spring sourcing expo will collocate with Technology Solutions, offering sourcing and IT solutions for the entire sewn-products supply chain.

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M aterial World again will bring sewn products manufacturers and suppliers together Tuesday through Thursday, April 4-6, 2006, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla., for its eighth sourcing exposition in seven years in the Miami area.

As it has every spring since 2003, Material World Miami Beach will collocate with Technology Solutions, a conference and exposition presenting information technology (IT) to enable the sewn products industry. Both events are produced and managed by Urban Expositions, Marietta, Ga.; sponsored by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), Arlington, Va.; and endorsed by the American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN), Atlanta, and the National Textile Association, Boston.

Material World endorsers also include the Textile Distributors Association, New York City.

Material World will showcase sewn products contractors and manufacturers; apparel and home furnishings fabric; trim; yarn; components; full-package providers; and freight forwarding, financial, color and trend, and forecasting services; as well as publications, associations and educational institutions. Attendees will include company leaders, sourcing and product development executives, IT personnel, logistics and supply-chain service providers, and contractors from throughout the sewn-products supply chain.
Material World and Technology Solutions are expected to draw 400 exhibitors from more than 25 countries, largely from the Western Hemisphere. Textile and trade promotion organizations from countries including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras will host pavilions to present sourcing opportunities in those countries. Another pavilion will promote products and services offered by Asian countries. A special AAPN Aisle will host a group of AAPN’s expected 50 member exhibitors.

Miami has long been considered an important trading hub — its spokes radiating out to every market in the Western Hemisphere and beyond. This central location makes it attractive as the perennial site for Material World’s spring edition, which alternates with a fall show in New York City — scheduled this year to be held September 26-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center — that draws a significant contingent of European and Asian participants.

“The Miami Beach show was the original Material World, and this year’s edition is heading towards being the largest so far,” said Tim von Gal, executive vice president, Urban Expositions. “ The show continues to grow and has a strong appeal to companies in the Americas and the Caribbean, but it also is beginning to get a great deal of attention from Asia.”

Educational Programs

A full schedule of educational programs will accompany Material World and Technology Solutions.

On Tuesday morning, the Material World Headliner Breakfast Program, AAFA’s Executive Sourcing Summit — sponsored by American & Efird Inc., Mt. Holly, N.C.; and SAP America Inc., Newtown Square, Pa. — will feature an executive panel comprised of Wilbur Ross, chairman and CEO, WL Ross & Co. LLC, New York City, and chairman, International Textile Group, Greensboro, N.C.; Henry Tan, president and CEO, Luen Thai Holdings Ltd., Hong Kong; Tom Travis, managing partner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg PA, Miami; and Bob Zane, senior vice president, Liz Claiborne Inc., New York City. Kevin M. Burke, president and CEO, AAFA, will moderate the program, which will cover future global sourcing and regulatory developments, managing business under the latest US-China textile trade agreement, short- and long-term growth strategies, possibilities for duty relief, counterfeiting and other topics. Admission to this program is $100 for advance registration or $150 on-site.

Logistics will be in the spotlight on Wednesday morning, when AAFA’s Supplier & Resource Division will present “When Logistics Goes Strategic! Advanced Practices in Enterprise Logistics.” Rick Ludolph, president, Productive Solutions LLC, Los Angeles, will moderate the program, which will use case studies to show how businesses can integrate logistics activities throughout their operations to improve global product delivery to the point of consumption, highlighting the use of technology to reduce costs and increase flexibility related to transportation, distribution, compliance and finance. Admission is $50 in advance or $75 on-site.

Steve Lamar, senior vice president, AAFA, will moderate two discussions offered as part of Material World’s line-up: On Wednesday afternoon, AAFA will present “Managing Restricted Substances Lists,” with input from industry and testing experts about staying abreast of governmental, regulatory agency and customer requirements related to potentially harmful substances.

On Thursday morning, AAFA and Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C., will present “What a Cotton-Picking Mess!” — a discussion of issues related to US subsidies paid to domestic cotton growers and solutions to problems caused by any future changes in the cotton program. Admission for each program is $50 in advance or $75 on-site.

Fabric, trim and yarn will be among productsand services presented at Material World.

To round out Material World’s educational programs, Cotton Incorporated; Pantone Inc., Carlstadt, N.J.; and Promostyl, Paris, variously will present fashion trend and color forecasts. These programs will be free.

Other Material World offerings include the Home Furnishings Showcase and the Spring/Summer 2007 Color/Trend Pavilion. The trend pavilion is organized with cooperation from WGSN-Worth Global Style Network, London.

Technology Solutions programs will include free-of-charge vendor-sponsored presentations, case studies and other programs that will highlight IT solutions for sourcing, enterprise resource planning logistics management and other operations. Presenters include Business Management Systems Inc., Fair Lawn, N.J., and OptiTex™ USA, New York City; Computer Generated Solutions Inc., New York City; Geac Computer Corp. Ltd., Waltham, Mass.; Gerber Technology, Tolland, Conn.; Jomar Softcorp International Inc., Canada; Lectra, Paris; New Generation Computing, Miami Lakes, Fla.; PTC, Needham, Mass.; and TUKATECH Inc., Los Angeles.

“With the continued expansion of global operations and changing manufacturing sectors, technology plays one of the pivotal roles in a successful supply chain,” said AAFA’s Burke. “ Through Technology Solutions, we are providing an important venue for industry decision makers to interface with state-of-the-art resources through programming and the exhibition ….”

All About Networking

“Material World has proven to be one of the most important networking events in our industry,” said Sue Strickland, executive director, AAPN, which was the first apparel organization to endorse the show, in 2001.

AAPN’s Sourcing Executive Roundtable and Reception on Monday, April 3, at Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach will provide networking opportunities for AAPN members and invited sourcing executives from brands and private label retailers. “Our Sourcing Executive Roundtable each year gives us a year’s worth of work leading to the next,” said Mike Todaro, AAPN’s managing director, touting Material World as “the ultimate event for hundreds of our members.”

For more information about Material World and Technology Solutions, contact (800) 318-2238 or (678) 285-3976; Material World: inquiry@material-world.com, www.material-world.com; Technology Solutions: info@techsolutionsexpo.com, www.techsolutionsexpo.com.

March/April 2006