ASIAN ALLIANCE: The next edition of Interstoff Asia in Hong Kong will run concurrently with Source It, a trade fair focused on garments, accessories and machinery and organized by the ASEAN Federation of Textile Industries, show officials said.

“AFTEX really wants to make a one-stop sourcing stop for buyers,” said Katy Lam, general manager for trade shares at Interstoff organizer Messe Frankfurt. “Each country really specializes in something different — some are strong in garments, others in yarns and fibers. This gives them a chance to show all the products at once.”

The first edition of Source It, which took place in the Philippines in January, had about 50 exhibitors and attracted 200 visitors, compared with the more than 10,000 visitors Interstoff Asia typically attracts.

“Hong Kong is an important hub to help ASEAN go into the China market, which is an important goal beyond 2005,” said Lam. She noted that between 100 and 150 companies are expected to take part in Source It. “The ASEAN region can do a lot in textiles, but there are things that they do not specialize in. We can help them complement these areas with our exhibit.”

The fairs will be held March 23-25, 2005.

— Constance Haisma-Kwok

HUMMING ALONG:
The triennial Japan International Apparel Machinery Trade Show, or JIAM 2005 Osaka, will be held for the eighth time at Osaka's INTEX exhibition site May 18-21 under the theme of “Total Fashion Technology,” with a sub-theme of “Integrating Technology and Ecology.”

The four-day show is organized by the Japan Sewing Machinery Manufacturers Association and the Osaka Trade Fair Commission, and is supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and other organizations.

“In the past few years, there have been significant changes for the sewing and textile industry,” the organizers said, noting that the industry has shifted more and more to global production systems with a high growth in manufacturing in Asia.

JIAM 2005 will showcase a range of textile and apparel technologies, including supply-chain management systems and sewing technologies related to human life and ecology, the sponsors said.The last show, held in 2002, had 308 exhibitors from all parts of the world and attracted more than 35,000 visitors.— Tsukasa Furukawa

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