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ATME-I® To Continue With Techtextil North America In Atlanta

Messe Frankfurt USA, Atlanta-based organizer of Techtextil North America, and the American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA®), Falls Church, Va.-based sponsor of the American Textile Machinery Exhibition - International® (ATME-I®) have agreed that ATME-I will be included with Techtextil North America's East Coast edition in Atlanta in even-numbered years beginning in 2012. The two shows first colocated in Atlanta in 2010.

ATME-I — which will present textile machinery and equipment, products and services targeted to the overall textile and apparel industry — traces its origins to the International Cotton Machinery Exposition, which debuted in Atlanta in 1881. Other textile machinery expos followed, organized primarily by New England-based manufacturers. ATMA, which was founded in 1933, became involved with the expo and moved it to Greenville, where it was held at the Palmetto Expo Center from 1969 through 2004, traditionally as a quadrennial event. Recognized as the largest textile machinery exposition in the Western Hemisphere, the show moved back to Atlanta for its 2006 edition and has been held biennially at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) since then.

Techtextil North America has been held biennially in even-numbered years in Atlanta since 2000, and in 2009 added a West Coast edition to be held in alternate years. Techtextil moved its location to the GWCC in May 2010 to colocate with ATME-I and SPESA Expo — organized by Raleigh, N.C.-based Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) — as part of Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week. The exposition includes a trade show and symposium and presents the full vertical spectrum of the technical textile/nonwovens sector of the textile industry.Techtextil North America 2012, including ATME-I, will colocate with Messe Frankfurt's inaugural Texprocess Americas expo incorporating SPESA Expo and presenting machinery; plant, processing and information technology systems; and services for the textile and textile product making-up sector.

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