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MWNY Organizers Tout Global Participation, Educational Seminars

Material World New York (MWNY) will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City September 25-27 for three days of exhibits and educational programs related to fabric and trim, sourcing, technology and trends for the sewn products industry.

Event organizers Urban Expositions, Atlanta, and Arlington, Va.-based American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) expect 400 companies from 38 countries to show their products and services. At least 14 special pavilions will display the offerings of specific countries and regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

MWNY's Trend Pavilion will spotlight apparel and home furnishings fabric, trim and color trends for Autumn/Winter 2008. A matchmaking service, Ultimate Sourcing Solution: Global MatchMaking @ Material World New York, will help attendees locate sourcing opportunities to meet their needs.

Show organizers do not publish expected visitor numbers, but, said Tim von Gal, president, Material World, "we've been blown away with how many really significant private label retailers have signed on to participate in the matchmaking, and also to attend the show in general." Target and Macy's are two retailers he mentioned.

This year's event will highlight five key areas: Eco-Friendly; Performance; Product Lifecycle Management (PLM); Design Technology Solutions; and Home Furnishings Fabrics. Exhibitors engaged in these areas will display icons indicating their particular focus, and the educational program will include seminars relating to each of these areas as well as to trends and supply chain issues.

Seminars of special note include AAFA's headliner event on Tuesday, September 25.  "People, Planet, and Profit: Reaching for the Pinnacle of Environmental Sustainability" will examine the environmental, social and profit aspects of sustainability as they relate to the success of some leading companies.

On Wednesday, September 26, AAFA's Supplier Resource Committee will present "Winning Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] Strategies — Achieving Speed, Visibility and Control," a look at how PLM can help companies make their operations "cheaper, faster, better."

On Thursday, September 27, AAFA and The Doneger Group, New York City, will offer "Changing Trends in Trending," led by David Wolfe, creative director, Doneger Creative Services, who will discuss how the fashion system is adapting to the ever-changing retail environment and consumer culture.

September/October 2007