Flash ReportTW Special Report Material World Miami BeachWith more than 3,200 attendees and 415 exhibit booths, the Fall 2002 edition of Material World, strategically located at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla., provided a meeting place for all segments of the apparel supply chain. From design through delivery, Material World showcased fabrics, systems, transportation, equipment, software and trends.
Material World's Fall 200 edition was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center
Guatemalan companies had a presence at the show. We were very pleased with the combination of domestic and international customers, stated Asheboro Elastics Corp. President J. Keith Crisco. Its great having Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras all in one spot. Usually it takes months to meet with all of those representatives.Tim von Gal, executive vice president, marketing and development, Urban Expositions, producers and managers of Material World, said, Material World has had the benefit of great support by the American ApparelandFootwear Association (AAFA), American Apparel Producers Network (AAPNetwork), Textile Distributors Association (tdA) and the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI). Our exclusive trade show alliance with the AAFA and the support its membership gave to this years event no doubt played a key role in the success of Material World.
The Mount Vernon Mills booth
Narroflex Inc. was promoting its line of elastics for apparel end-uses. Kevin M. Burke, president and CEO, AAFA, concurred. Its obvious that this new alliance has expanded the scope of the show through increased exhibitor participation and visitor attendance. Material World has become the one-stop shopping event for sourcing executives, he said.The pre-show conference, titled How to Position Your Company Now for 2005, featured a keynote address by industry consultant Robin Lewis and presentations by Mary T. ORourke, Jassin-ORourke Group LLC; Carl H. Priestland, industry consultant and economist; and Thomas G. Travis, Sandler, TravisandRosenberg, P.A.
Unifi Inc. was at the show promoting its Reflexx yarns.
Left to right: Kevin M. Burke, president and CEO, AAFA; Tim von Gal, executive vice president, marketing and development, Urban Expositions; and Rick Ludolph, executive vice president, Justwin Technologies, announced the debut of Material WorldTechnology Solutions, the new IT-focused annual event within an event that will be held at the Spring edition of Material World. Regarding the importance of Material World, Travis stated, It brings together sourcing and buying personnel from the United States with vendors, not only throughout the Americas, but from all over the world. [At the] conference, we had representatives from Asia, from Africa, as well as from the Caribbean Basin and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. This sort of meeting sets the stage for the development of meaningful commercial relationships. I am very bullish that Western Hemisphere apparel trades will continue to be successful. However, there are issues that need to be addressed by the industry to make sure that that success is realized.
Companies from the Dominican Republic were represented at the show.
The Coats North American booth In my discussions with buyers all across North America, I am convinced that they see a critical role for the Western Hemisphere, especially in providing quick response, Travis continued. Therefore, it is important that these entrepreneurs invest in the infrastructure necessary to make quick response a reality.Material World was sponsored by AmericanandEfird Inc., Unifi Inc. and Seaboard Marine. Endorsements included the AAPNetwork, The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), tdA, Textile Clothing Technology Corp. ([TC]2) and ATMI.Material World is held in the spring and fall to accommodate seasonal color, design and fabric trends. The next edition will take place March 17-19, 2003.
Cotton Incorporated participation in Material World ranged from a Fall/Winter 2003-04 Fashion Trends presentation to sponsorship of an AAPNetwork reception. Above: Dean Turner (left) and Mike Tyndall chat on the show floor.
Material World featured a trend pavilion. December 2002