ATLANTA -- The mounting interest in the North American Free Trade Agreement -- including its impact on 807 manufacturing -- should be evident at the 1994 Bobbin Show.
The number of seminars touching on NAFTA and 807 has doubled since last year. The topics should also make for a lot of informal conversation during the show, which runs Sept. 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center here.
The show will feature 900 exhibitors and is expected to draw a total of 30,000 attendees. Exhibitions will be 50 percent machinery and technology, 30 percent fabric and trim, and 20 percent contracting and other services.
The event will have a decidedly international air, with over 100 exhibitors representing 75 countries outside of the U.S.
Thirty-six exhibitors will show in an International Sourcing and Contracting area, with over half of these expected to come from Latin America.
The seminar program will start on Sept. 26, a day before exhibits officially open. A listing of seminars dealing with 807 and NAFTA follows.
Monday Sept. 26
8-10 a.m.: Item 807 and Apparel Products, directed by Thomas G. Travis, senior partner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, and geared to executives involved in off-shore apparel 807 operations and those with interests in this area.
10 a.m.-noon: The NAFTA Advantage, directed by Irving Vigdor, managing consultant, Redwood Associates, designed for senior and middle managers, sales marketing, production, credit/finance, shipping and personnel directors. It will explore current options in selling textiles and apparel to Mexico and Canada.
10 a.m.-noon: Structuring for the Single North American Market, directed by Bennett Marsh, deputy executive director, Caribbean/Latin American Action, aimed at corporate managers of international operations and trade development with a discussion of how Central American and Caribbean governments are guiding business policy toward integration of production and markets at the regional level.
2-4 p.m.: Apparel Sourcing in the Nineties -- GATT, Quotas, Tariffs and New Trade Agreements and Trends, directed by Beth C. Ring, of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, geared for all apparel importers and manufacturers.
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