PARIS — Expofil, the French yarn fair, is weaving a link with Europe’s foremost fabric fair, Première Vision. Philippe Pasquier, head of the show, said Expofil would match its dates with PV starting next February. Traditionally, Expofil has convened in June and December while PV gathers September and February. The edition scheduled for June 17-19 will proceed as planned at the Villepinte exhibit halls, just north of Paris. The staging of Expofil that had been scheduled for December 9-11 has been scrapped. The first concurrent edition of the two shows will be Feb. 25-28, 2004. (These changes are not reflected in the International Trade Show calendar, Section II, which was printed before this news was disclosed.)Pasquier characterized the change as driven by recent changes in the fabric and yarn markets. “Many companies are cutting costs and want to save by having all their buying teams together at one major venue,” he said. “The move strives to create synergies and help companies better organize their buying trips.” Expofil has had a link with PV already for two seasons through its smaller preview show, Fil Event. The next edition of that show is scheduled for Sept. 18-20, inside PV. In the meantime, Pasquier said PV and Expofil were in merger negotiations. “There is strength in numbers,” he added. “We want to create the best possible fair. By teaming up with PV we hope to bring in more international visitors. PV is the must fair and the only such fair that attracts as many people from all over the world.”

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