Exhibit Space Sales For ATME-I 2000 Underway

Planners for the American Textile Machinery Exhibition – International 2000 (ATME-I 2000) reported
that they have received applications from 300 companies requesting almost 70 percent of the total
exhibit space.ATME-I 2000 is scheduled for October 23-27, 2000, at the Palmetto Expo Center,
Greenville, S.C., and will feature machinery, equipment, supplies and services for fiber, yarn and
nonwovens manufacturing and general plant engineering maintenance.The most applications have come
from the United States, with 174 companies exhibiting at ATME-I 2000. Germany is second with 42,
while Italy has 32 exhibiting companies.Other countries that will have exhibitors include France,
Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Hong
Kong, India, Iran, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Scotland.The second segment of ATME-I
cycle (ATME-I 2001) is scheduled for machinery, equipment, supplies and services for the weaving,
knitting, dyeing, printing and finishing processes.

March 1999