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James M. Borneman, Editor In Chief

Textiles In 2007: Off And Running

By James M. Borneman, Editor In Chief

L ooking ahead, 2007 promises to be an interesting year for US textiles. Although technological developments seem to enter the market without any predictable cycle these days, ITMA 2007, to be held in Munich this September, will be a strong opportunity to catch the latest innovations. Textile World editors are already taking a peek at what’s new and planning coverage for this “Super Bowl” of textile technology.

If you are drawn to technical textiles, INDA’s IDEA show, set for April in Miami, will provide a chance to warm up, see the ocean and learn about the latest nonwovens trends. Then it’s off to Frankfurt in June for TechTextil — fans of the North American edition will appreciate the size and scope of this show. Save time for Las Vegas in October, when the ever-popular IFAI Expo will continue to attract new exhibitors and visitors. The 2006 colocation with ATME-I® in Atlanta was a great chance for many members of the industry to see IFAI in action.

The apparel sector, though smaller in recent years, has some very strong innovations. Whether it’s fiber, yarn, fabric, finishing, apparel manufacturing or the ever-elusive relationship with retailers and brands — striving to collaborate in a lean, proactive supply chain — there will be plenty of activities in 2007. It is a little late to mention the January Outdoor Retailer show, which has grown in popularity. MAGIC is set for Las Vegas in February, and AAPN has announced two networking meetings this year beyond its regular slate of activities. In mid-March, AAPN will host a meeting in Santa Monica, Calif., to mix it up on the West Coast, and in early August, it will support the Apparel Conference of the Americas in Antigua, Guatemala. AAPN has been working hard to link everyone from fiber suppliers through retailers in a no-politics environment — it’s all business.

VESTEX has organized the 16th edition of the Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala for mid-April, and don’t forget Material World this May. This is the expanded edition — with the SPESA Expo, Material World and Technology Solutions colocated in the triennial event format that brings together the major components of the sewn products industry. One badge allows access to all three events. Material World will also head for New York City in mid-September as it pursues the NYC market. And Messe Frankfurt’s second edition of Texworld USA will move to the Javits Center for the July show in NYC.

In other sectors, AFA’s FloorTek Expo is scheduled for October at the NorthWest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton. It is always interesting to see the latest in flooring manufacturing.

This just scratches the surface of the many textile industry events. As the US industry continues to change, so do the events industry participants choose to support. Learning the market, learning the technology and engaging the entire supply chain helps. As TW ‘s Economics Editor Robert Reichard points out in this year’s economic outlook, the US industry has entered a stabilizing trend. Having invested more than $36 billion over the past decade in plants and equipment, some of the payoff has happened, and many believe there are significant signs of more to come.

January/February, 2007



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