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Material World is expected to attract key decision-makers from the Western Hemisphere's apparel supply chain.

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M aterial World returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Wednesday, March 16, through Friday, March 18, 2005. An official event of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), Arlington, Va., the exhibition will showcase Spring/Summer 2006 trends, once again offering the sewn products industry a convenient venue for sourcing, fabric, trim and trends. Further expanding the international exhibitor base, Material World also will run concurrently with Technology Solutions and will feature a new Global Pavilion.

"From design to delivery, Material World truly offers a one-stop product and service resource for all members of the sewn products industry," said Tim von Gal, executive vice president, Urban Expositions, Marietta, Ga., producer and manager of Material World and Technology Solutions. "The exhibition offers our private-label retailers and branded-apparel buyers direct access to global and local chains of commerce, as our international exhibitor base makes Material World the industry marketplace for shopping a complete line of fabric, trim and sourcing opportunities."

According to the organizers, Material World once again will bring together product introductions and innovations from leading companies in North, Central and South America; the Caribbean; Europe; and other regions. The companies will represent every sector including yarn; fabric; trim; components; educational institutions; contractors; manufacturers; technology; full-package providers; services such as freight forwarders, financial, and color and trend forecasting; and associations; among other sectors.

Technology Solutions

Technology Solutions, the annual conference and exposition for information technology that enables today's sewn products industries, returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center for its third edition. It will run concurrently with Material World.

"Working closely with leading industry associations like AAFA, AAPN [American Apparel Producers Network, Atlanta], and NTA [National Textile Association, Boston], we continue to strengthen the offerings of this important industry event to make sure we are bringing together all segments of the supply chain in one place, at one time," von Gal said.

Global Pavilion

Urban Expositions and the ASAP Global Sourcing Show, a division of Cyber Merchandise Exchange, El Monte, Calif., have entered into a marketing alliance designed to further expand the international exhibitor base of Material World. As part of the alliance, participating countries including China, India, Pakistan, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Africa and others will have their own country pavilions within a Global Pavilion at Material World, giving attendees the chance to explore the full range of fabrics, textiles, company production strengths, pricing structures and capabilities each country offers.

AAPN Sponsors Sourcing Executive Roundtable And Reception At Material World

The Atlanta-based American Apparel Producers Network (AAPN -  an organization that links every part of the supply chain including brands, retailers, manufacturers, private-label designers, contractors, suppliers, yarn, fabric, mills, trim, technology, transportation, industry travel and global trade - has developed a strong relationship with Material World and its organizers over the past several years.

"In 2001, AAPN was the first apparel trade organization to endorse Material World," said Mike Todaro, managing director of the network. As it turns out, the same week AAPN's Executive Director Sue Strickland went looking for a tradeshow to endorse, Material World's Tim von Gal began a search for an apparel organization to endorse his show - that their offices are seven miles apart in Atlanta helped.
Mike Todaro, AAPN's managing director

Reception Networking

Strickland had the idea three years ago to organize a small reception the evening before Material World for AAPN members and their customers.

"In 2002, we had 125 people. In 2004, it was up to 270. This year, we'll max at 300," Todaro said.

AAPN is taking this year's reception to the next level and renting Casa Casuarina (the home of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace), on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.

According to AAPN, the reception has become such a success that sponsors and members don't want to miss it.

In 2005, for the first time, the reception is for AAPN members only. "Because many of the industry's key sourcing executives have joined AAPN, this is a member benefit of growing importance," Strickland said.
Sue Strickland, AAPN's executive director

Sourcing Executive Roundtable

"In 2003, we decided to invite our guests, the sourcing executives, to a private, closed-door meeting. We scheduled it for two hours before the reception, and we had our senior sourcing member, Kim Krummell of Timberland, kick it off. Last year, nearly 50 sourcing executives came to the roundtable and then upstairs to the reception," Todaro said.

The 2005 AAPN Sourcing Executive Roundtable will be held Tuesday afternoon, March 15, at the Park Central Hotel in Miami Beach. According to AAPN, the purpose of the roundtable, as in previous years, is to harvest from this distinguished group of attendees a list of the issues, opportunities, challenges and constraints to sourcing. Following the roundtable, the group will make its way to the AAPN reception.
AAPN's Sourcing Executive Roundtable gives sourcing executives an opportunity to discuss pertinent issues.

"This year, we changed the roundtable format slightly. I have asked two impartial, highly experienced and successful industry leaders to moderate this session. They are Susan Ganz, CEO and owner of Lion Brothers Co. Inc. [Owings Mills, Md.]; and Keith Crisco, CEO and owner of Asheboro Elastics Corp. [Asheboro, N.C.]," Todaro said. "Their job will be to get the issues on the table so AAPN can run with them for the rest of the year, as we have done for the past three."

"Material World has become everything we hoped when we found one another," Strickland said, "a three-day network event for our 365-day-a-year network process."

February 2005