FRANKFURT -- The Messe Frankfurt has taken over the Paris textile fair Texworld.
Texworld runs concurrently with the Premiere Vision fabric fair. It is a forum for non-European fabric makers, who are not allowed to exhibit at PV, to reach buyers in Paris for the major fabric event.
Daniel Rubinstein, the founder and former owner of Texworld, will continue as general manager of the next edition of the show, to run Feb. 20-22, Messe Frankfurt said. The German organization also said Rubinstein and his wife, Nadine Rubinstein-Grinbert will assist the Messe Frankfurt as consultants in the future.
In a statement, Michael von Zitzewitz, chairman of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, said there would be no change in the concept of Texworld. "It is our aim to give the garment industry and other interested visitors in the trade a general survey, based in Paris, of the fabrics for apparel on offer worldwide," he said. "We do not wish to position ourselves as a competitor with other trade fairs, but as a complement to them."
The Messe Frankfurt produces 80 fairs annually, of which 48 are held outside of Germany. The last edition of Texworld, held in October, featured more than 500 exhibitors, although buyer attendance was down. Attendance at last fall's European textile trade shows was off as a result of a reluctance to travel following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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