MIAMI — The mood at last week’s Material World was one of apprehension. Global issues — war in Iraq, competition from China and looming trade legislation were foremost concerns. But attendees kept focus on current realities, seeking product, sourcing and technology solutions to keep business competitive in the Western Hemisphere.

The first spring edition of the show ran March 17-19 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It included three-main areas: sourcing and trade, which featured many groups of Latin American apparel contractors; fabrics, trimming and supplies, and technology. Those last exhibitors were grouped together in a "Technology Solutions" area, a new element of the show.

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