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Three Textile Shows Join Forces

Three textile industry-related shows are aligning their shows and co-locating at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Three textile industry-related shows are aligning their shows and co-locating at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta beginning May 18-20, 2010.

The three shows, TechTextil North America, SPESA Expo, and ATME-I/MEGATEX, will take place in adjacent halls during the same dates. Spokesmen for the shows said attendees will be able to move freely between the individual shows and benefit from the industry-leading educational networking seminars and special events in the same venue.

For many exhibitors, especially those in SPESA, which stands for Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas, it may seem like going home. The defunct Bobbin Show was held at the GWCC for many years.

Since the demise of the Bobbin Show in 2002, SPESA has been affiliated with Material World on a once every three years basis, the last time in May 2007. Benton Gardner, executive vice-president, said, “We had a great relationship with them. It was a true partnership. It was just time for us to do something different. We’ll focus on apparel but on the other aspects of the [fabrics] industry, as well. Material World is apparel focused.”

Tim von Gal, president of Material World, agreed, saying his show’s focus is fashion. Material World is actually comprised of two shows, Material World and Technology Solutions, and the American Apparel Footwear Association (AAFA) is its alliance partner, while four other associations, including the American Apparel Producers Network and California Fashion Association, are key endorsers.

“We just had our best show ever and we’re looking to grow the show even further,” von Gal said.

Techtextil North America just had its semi-annual show here last month at the Cobb Galleria, where it announced it was adding another show to be held in Las Vegas in odd-numbered years, with the Atlanta show in even-numbered years. Techtextil features high performance technical textiles and nonwovens.

ATME-I is an international event featuring the latest in textile manufacturing technology.

Jay White Jr., president of Morrison Textile Machinery Company and chairman of the American Textile Machinery Association, said, “The co-location of ATME-I/MEGATEX with Techtextil North America and SPESA Expo provides a dynamic platform for the textile industry in the Americas. We expect excellent customer attendance from the entire textile processing and applications chain.”

Gardner added, “The changes we have witnessed in the global sewn products industry have convinced us more than ever that all segments of the industry must work together to remain competitive.”