Mega Showing In Atlanta
In 2006, the Megatex umbrella incorporates collocated events IFAI Expo, ATME-I® and AATCC's IC&E in Atlanta.
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the first time ever, the Industrial
Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2006 and the American Textile Machinery
Exhibition-International® (ATME-I®) 2006 — along with the collocated 2006 International Conference
& Exhibition (IC&E) of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Research
Triangle Park, N.C. — will come together under the Megatex umbrella this fall in Atlanta. The
gathering is expected to draw up to 1,000 exhibitors and an estimated 15,000 visitors. As part of
the Megatex concept, each show will remain independent, taking place in separate exhibit halls in
the Georgia World Congress Center, and offering in a single venue a multitude of machinery,
equipment, and other products and services for the textile industry’s diverse needs and interests.
IFAI Expo 2006 — Roseville, Minn.-based IFAI’s event, occurring October 31-November 2 — and ATME-I 2006 — the October 31-November 3 show produced by ATME-I Inc., a joint venture between England-based show organizer Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd. and Falls Church, Va.-based show sponsor American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA®) — will serve as event co-anchors in Halls A and B, respectively. IC&E, taking place October 31-November 2, will feature exhibits and educational tracks in Hall B. Registered visitors will be able to move among all three shows.
“Megatex will be a huge international event joining three key textile-related trade shows under one roof at the same time,” said Dave Tellett, exhibition director, ATME-I/Megatex. “This will be a tremendous networking and buying opportunity for the textile industry as a whole. The range of exhibits and the spectrum of visitors will be unique [for] textile shows worldwide.”
Among Megatex’s many industry supporters is US Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Guiterrez, whose department selected the event as part of the International Buyer Program — a promotional program involving the 85 worldwide US Commercial Services offices. “If you are a US supplier and you want to export your products, you need to be in Atlanta … ,” Tellett explained.
As part of the Distinguished Speakers Luncheon series, occurring Tuesday through Thursday, October 31-November 2, three textile experts will discuss aspects of the US and global textile industry. On Tuesday, Herwig M. Strolz, director general, International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), will trace ITMF’s 30-year history of monitoring textile investments. The following day, Frank J. Horn, president, Fiber Economics Bureau, American Fiber Manufacturers Association, will examine the state of the manufactured fiber industry; and Peter Kilduff, Ph.D., chair, Apparel Merchandising and Management Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will end the series on Thursday with a look at the US textile industry’s business performance and supply-chain structure.
Other special events occurring during Megatex include IFAI Expo and ATME-I 2006’s Halloween-themed networking reception Tuesday evening. The Turkish Machinery Association will offer an overview of the Turkish economy and textile machinery sector on Wednesday, November 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. Also on that day, the National Textile Association will host a seminar that will be open to all from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to discuss opportunities for US textile manufacturers in the Western Hemisphere. ATMA will present Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) seminars — including an overview of CAFTA-DR; spotlights on the textile industries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; and a Central American Networking meeting — all occurring Thursday; and “ Shifting Markets for Textile Machinery” on Friday morning, November 3.