LOS ANGELES — June 27, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Commerce and MAGIC are hosting an Americas
Pavilion and Summit — “Sourcing in the Americas” — to highlight the United States and Western
Hemisphere supply chain network. “Sourcing in the Americas” will showcase apparel, footwear, fabric
and yarn mills, trims/component suppliers, and service providers, as well as promote business and
investment in the Western Hemisphere. This summit brings together the U.S. Department of Commerce’s
Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR),
along with endorsement and support from major U.S. and Western Hemisphere textile, apparel and
footwear associations. Exhibitors in the Pavilion will include Denima Trix, Buhler Yarns, Fessler,
Kaltex and more.
“Sourcing at MAGIC is the optimal platform to address the Western Hemisphere supply chain
and highlight the Americas as the emerging leader for sourcing opportunities,” said Chris DeMoulin,
MAGIC International President and Executive Vice President of Advanstar’s Fashion Group.
Obama Administration official Mr. Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary for the International
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce will be a keynote speaker. Sanchez will address
the Western Hemisphere regional textile and apparel supply chain, and as part of the National
Export Initiative (NEI), will highlight export successes and potential opportunities for U.S.
fiber, yarn and fabric manufacturers.
“I am pleased to participate in this dynamic collaboration between MAGIC, Commerce, USTR the
coalition of industry associations and the companies involved in the regional supply chain,” said
Sanchez. “Full sourcing in the Western Hemisphere underscores the key elements of quality, speed,
flexibility and availability which are cornerstones shaping the competitive advantages of sourcing
in the region.”
“Sourcing in the Americas” will feature exhibitors representing the entire America supply
chain and a series of seminars with top import suppliers and executives, as well as U.S. government
decision makers. Highlights include:
The New Western Hemisphere Supply Chain — Way Beyond the Basics Sourcing Summit
(Sunday, August 21 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) — The Western Hemisphere Sourcing Summit will bring key
sourcing executives to hear from brands, manufacturers and experts regarding the new opportunities
for sourcing in the Western Hemisphere. Successful supply chain performers will present examples of
the “New Western Hemisphere Supply Chain” during a panel discussion and new data will be presented
to showcase the region’s competitive advantage. Whether it’s speed to market or a competitive cost
structure, the Western Hemisphere is an emerging leader for sourcing opportunities. Obama
Administration official Mr. Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary for the International Trade
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce will be a keynote speaker.
“National Export Initiative & Sourcing in the Americas” Seminar (Monday,
August 22 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) — A special one hour seminar that highlights the U.S. National
Export Initiative (NEI) and the Western Hemisphere. The seminar is open to all MAGIC participants
and includes panel discussions with leading manufacturers and producers in the region, a new
analysis of Western Hemisphere supply chain costs and a roll-out of a DR-CAFTA sourcing database.
Posted on June 27, 2011