Material World and the Los Angeles International Textile Show are set to merge, according to sources.
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Material World, owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions and sponsored by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, was set to host its first West Coast show Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sources said Material World no longer plans to host a show at the convention center and will instead merge with the Los Angeles International Textile Show, which is produced and hosted by the California Market Center. The next edition of the Los Angeles International Textile show is slated to take place April 14 to 16.
Representatives from Material World and the California Market Center declined comment.
Last May, Material World said it would close its New York show, which it had been putting on since 2005, and heading west.
The merger comes at a time of increased competition among trade shows looking to capture a larger piece of an increasingly important West Coast market. GlobalTex, produced by Dallas-based Market Center Management Co., will host its first show April 28 to 30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. According to MCM, Los Angeles produces about $36 billion in textile and apparel manufacturing, representing 15 percent of the city’s workforce.