The Launch Of Texprocess Americas Exceeds Exhibitor And Attendee Expectations

ATLANTA — May 2012 — The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the
Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North
America and created a synergy creating the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery,
nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas!

The 2012 Texprocess Americas event hosted 161 exhibitors from 11 countries including
international pavilions from China and Germany, as well as a SPESA-IT and SEAMS pavillion with a
total co-location attendance of 6,800 from 62 countries.

John Gallagher, President of Messe Frankfurt USA, on the conclusion of the 2012 edition
commented “I am extremely pleased with the results of Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North
America. Our attendees experienced three days of informative symposiums and a busy exhibit floor
with business being conducted. The positive comments I heard bode well for the industry. We look
forward to these events continuing to be the meeting place for these industries.”

The kick off to the event was the keynote address by Miguel Caballero, known as The Armani of
Bullet Proof Clothing. Miguel’s speech regarding his business and how far he has come with his
innovative ideas which brought his designs to life filled the audience with excitement which they
took to the show floor.

SPESA EXPO Incorporation

The launch of Texprocess Americas incorporated SPESA EXPO to bring to the Americas the
largest and best sewn products and equipment trade show of its kind. Messe Frankfurt USA and SPESA
concluded agreements in April 2010 to cooperate, co-produce and launch Texprocess Americas every
even year in Atlanta.

Dave Gardner, Managing Director of SPESA reported on the results of the show stating “from
2010 to 2012… what a difference two short years makes! From SPESA EXPO to Texprocess Americas.
From a business climate that was just recovering to one with more positives and more stability.
From off-shoring to on-shoring. As evidenced by the inaugural 2012 edition of Texprocess Americas
business is back. As the co-producer of Texprocess Americas, the SPESA association is completely
pleased with and proud of our partnership with Messe Frankfurt and our agreement to merge SPESA
EXPO into Texprocess Americas. As we predicted, the co-location of Texprocess Americas with
Techtextil North America proved to be advantageous for our exhibiting members and for the industry
as a whole. The results from this year’s successful, inaugural launch of Texprocess Americas will
designate this exhibition and symposium series as a “must attend” event for the entire textile and
sewn products industry in the Americas.”

SPESA is the only US-based association representing suppliers of equipment, technology, and
services to the sewn products industry. SPESA members are the primary exhibitors in Texprocess

Symposium 2012

Held concurrently with the exhibition and developed by industry experts the symposium
contained nine sessions with more than 40 presentations in a variety of formats that covered a wide
range of topics from Sourcing to the European Market, Manufacturing Technology, World Supply Chain
and an International Trade Update Session.

Those who attended the symposium felt the sessions were insightful and that the speakers
presented high quality presentations. One attendee, Oscar Chavarria, Director of Manufacturing,
Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., USA, stated “I thought the event was very insightful. My main purpose
for attending was to gather up intel on the different market outlooks for our industry. I thought
the panelists were very knowledgeable in their fields and came prepared with a well of

Other attendees such as Fernando Lobo, Sr. Manager, Costing Engineering, COACH, USA,
commented, “I participated in two symposiums: New Technology and Manufacturing Technology. The
quality of the material presented the high energy of the presenters and the eye-opening
presentations featured a great deal of innovation and improvements to the technology throughout the
years. The best part of it was that all that technology was available for all to see at the show. “

Attendee Statements

Atayne, Jeremy Litchfield, President & CEO, USA: “Texprocess Americas and
Techtextil North America is a must go to show for anyone whose business is connected to the textile
industry. Having the ability the see the latest in materials and manufacturing equipment all under
roof is a great time and travel expense savings.The quality of companies exhibiting was
outstanding. In just a day and a half I made many new connections that will help to drive our
business forward and help us compete in the global marketplace as a US based manufacturer.”

COACH, Fernando Lobo, Sr. Manager, Costing Engineering, USA:
“This was my first time
attending the Texprocess Americas show. I was rather impressed with the technology available to the
visitors and the extensive variety of well renowned companies around the globe dedicated to enhance
the production of textiles, leather and fashion industries.”

Kohls, Sophie Alamachere, Apparel Engineer, USA: “For many years I attended the
Bobbin show and SPESA Expo, and this year Texprocess Americas. It is a truly relevant investment of
time and money in this fast moving industry that one needs to remain current of new developments
and technologies. The symposium; Product Development Technology was very informative, the speakers
knowledgeable and engaging.”

Exhibitor Statements

American & Efird, Mark Hatton, Director Marketing and Sales Administration,
“A&E felt that Texprocess Americas was a tremendous success, and we were honored
to be a part of the inaugural “Americas” event. The co-production with SPESA, and the promotional
activities undertaken by all clearly made a difference in developing a “buzz” that seemed to draw
people to the show. Also word about the show traveled fast, as we have already heard from some who
were disappointed in their inability to attend. We tell them,”look for us in 2014″ and make your
plans early.”

Brother International, Matthew Rhome, National Account Manager, USA:
“We’ve been
swamped everyday. I’ve never been to a trade show with such a good response.”

Henderson Sewing Macine Co., Inc., Frank Henderson, CEO,USA: “Best Trade EXPO
Event we have participated in the Last 10-Years”

OptiTex, Yoram Burg, President, USA: “One of the best shows we’ve had in years.”

[TC]², Mike Fralix, President and CEO, USA: “The show was outstanding, and the
energy on the floor was extremely positive. I heard many comments from others about the success of
the show,that people were making meaningful connections with current and potential customers.”

Tuscarora Yarns, David Roberts, Chief Operating Officer, USA: “The show had been
helpful in both meeting new clients and building existing relationships. It has been an excellent
show in terms of the traffic and the quality of clientele. It’s bigger, there’s more critical mass,
and so it’s drawing more people.”

Texprocess Americas 2014

The second edition of Texprocess Americas, the only show in the Americas for the equipment
and technology for the development,sourcing, and production of sewn products, will be held in May,
2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia and will once again be co-located
with Techtextil North America. For the more information, please visit

Texprocess 2013

The next Teprocess in Frankfurt will take place from June 10-13,2013. The leading
international trade show for processing textile and flexible materials will be co-located with
Techtextil (June 11-13, 2013). Interested companies can register online for Texprocess 2013 at

Posted on May 22, 2012

Source: Messe Frankfurt USA