By  on April 17, 2007

MIAMI BEACH — Material World Miami Beach is gearing up for the second round of its "Three Great Events" May 8 to 10.

The comprehensive trio of exhibits, which made its debut in 2004 and is staged every three years as part of the Material World Miami Beach show, includes Technology Solutions and Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas.

Tim von Gal, president of Material World, said, "All indications of a significant increase are there, from hotel bookings to pre-registration."

Von Gal expects more than half of the exhibitors to be international.

As of last week, only a few of the 400 or so booths remained unsold in the Material World segment of the show, according to von Gal. In the total show's 160,000 square feet, in three halls at the Miami Beach Convention Center, will be featured another 200 booths for Technology Solutions and SPESA. He said the event's all-in-one presentation was key to its success.

"I'm unaware of any other apparel production show that combines all these elements under one roof," said von Gal, adding the layout reflects the industry's evolution into a global landscape. "This year is a lot different than 2004 because the world is quota-free now, and companies can be more aggressive and nimble."

Duro Textile, an importing, finishing, converting and dyeing firm in Fall River, Mass., stands to benefit from the consolidation of sourcing resources and technologies available at the show, according to vice president Gail Strickland. She said the company's global sourcing strategies had grown exponentially and a typical order from fabric to end product might involve Thailand, Honduras and the U.S.

"We can hit manufacturers from all over the Americas here," Strickland said. "Plus, any company looks to spend less time and money by sending decision makers to a one-stop-shop."

Since this will be Duro's first Material World since opening a Shanghai office, Strickland said there would be wider representation of well-priced, high-tech fabrics from Asia, such as stretch outerwear, polyester spandex and breathable, waterproof laminates. The company also plans to introduce full digital printing capabilities, and antimicrobial yarns and coatings for food service and medical uniforms.

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