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Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will colocate in Atlanta, presenting a one-stop shop for the technical textile, traditional textile and sewn products and equipment industries.

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From Tuesday, April 24, through Thursday, April 26, 2012, the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta will host a comprehensive textile trade event gathering machinery and technology suppliers for the technical textiles and nonwovens as well as traditional textile sectors, in addition to sewn products equipment and services suppliers. The event will comprise two shows: Techtextil North America — the ninth edition of the annual North American trade show for the technical textiles and nonwovens industries; and Texprocess Americas — the inaugural U.S. edition of the biennial exhibition presenting machinery, plant, processing, information technology systems and services for the textile and textile product making-up sector. Techtextil North America, produced by Atlanta-based Messe Frankfurt USA, will incorporate the American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International (ATME-I®), which is sponsored by the Falls Church, Va.-based American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA®) and will present textile machinery and equipment, products and services targeted to the overall textile and apparel industry. Texprocess Americas, co-produced by Messe Frankfurt USA and the Raleigh, N.C.-based Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), will incorporate the SPESA Expo sewn products and equipment trade show.

Together, more than 575 exhibitors are expected to show their products and services to more than 9,000 attendees at the two shows, which will be colocated in GWCC Hall A. Although visitors need register for only one show, they will have access to both.

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will occupy Hall A of Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.

"With the launch of Texprocess Americas (incorporating SPESA Expo) and the incorporation of ATME-I into Techtextil North America, Messe Frankfurt is truly proud of what has been accomplished in bringing the textile machinery, technical textiles and sewn products industries together for 2012," said Stephanie Everett, vice president, domestic shows, Messe Frankfurt USA. "Co-locations have proved to be extremely valuable and satisfying for exhibitors and attendees alike who are both more time and budget challenged since the recession. These two events together with the support of our partners will deliver the largest event the industry has seen in more than a decade here in the U.S."

Techtextil North America
Techtextil North America has been held biennially in even-numbered years in Atlanta since 2000, and in 2009 added a West Coast edition to be held in alternate years. After the show first colocated with ATME-I and SPESA Expo in 2010 for Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week, Messe Frankfurt USA and ATMA agreed that ATME-I would be incorporated into Techtextil North America's East Coast edition in Atlanta beginning in 2012.

Techtextil North America is focused on the technical textile/nonwovens sector of the textile industry, and is touted as the only trade show in the Americas that covers the full vertical spectrum of that sector — including research and development, raw materials, production processes, conversion, further treatment and recycling.

To help attendees find providers of the products, services and technologies relevant to their needs and interests, Techtextil North America exhibitors are classified according to 12 application areas: Agrotech; Buildtech; Clothtech; Geotech; Hometech; Indutech; Medtech;  Mobiltech; Oekotech; Packtech; Protech; and Sporttech.

Product groups and services offered include: research, development, planning and consultation; technology, machinery and accessories; fibers and yarns; woven fabrics, laid webs, braiding and knitted fabrics; nonwovens; coated textiles and canvas products; composites; bondtec; associations; and publications.

The fair also will feature six country pavilions showcasing companies from China, Italy, Germany, Canada, Portugal and Belgium/France. In addition, ATME-I will sponsor an area on the show floor where exhibitors will demonstrate their latest equipment.

The 2012 Techtextil North America Symposium — a three-day educational forum held concurrently with the exhibition — will present recent developments in the technical textiles/nonwovens sector. The symposium lineup includes 12 sessions and more than 50 presentations by leading industry experts covering new technology, sustainability, composites, military textiles, automotive textiles, protective textiles, nonwovens, medical textiles, fibers, and technical textiles in sports and outdoor applications; and will feature a more structured program than was offered at previous Techtextil North Americas to allow attendees more question-and-answer time with presenters during and after each session.

Texprocess Americas
Following the 2010 establishment of Texprocess — which was created through a partnership between Messe Frankfurt GmbH and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Garment and Leather Technology Association, and debuted in 2011 alongside Techtextil in Frankfurt — Messe Frankfurt USA and SPESA announced a cooperation to co-produce and launch Texprocess Americas, and colocate the show alongside Techtextil North America's East Coast edition with the goal of creating a comprehensive trade event that would attract technical textiles, nonwovens and sewn products professionals alike. Texprocess Americas is the second show worldwide to be produced under the brand, and is dedicated to equipment and technology for the development, sourcing and production of sewn products.

Product groups and services offered include: computer software and information technology; contract manufacturing and sourcing; cutting, spreading and ancillary equipment; digital, screen, transfer printing, and ancillary equipment; embroidery, monogramming and ancillary equipment; laundry, finishing and ancillary equipment; pressing, fusing, vacuum and ancillary equipment; product identification, labeling and ancillary equipment; sewing and ancillary equipment; other supplies and equipment; fabrics and materials; findings, trimmings, components and accessories; manufacturers; recycling and sustainability; services, associations, publications and academia; supplies; supply chain services; and warehousing, distribution and materials handling.

Automated sewing machinery will be among the range of sewn products equipment and technology presented on the show floor at Texprocess Americas.

The fair also will feature Source It Americas! — a platform highlighting companies from the Western Hemisphere that manufacture to brand specifications, provide additional supply chain services, or offer their own unique or licensed products to the apparel industry; and a SPESA IT Pavilion offering fashion and sewn products retailers, brands, manufacturers and suppliers a one-stop shop for information technology (IT), software solutions and technology-driven services that enable fast and efficient design-through-delivery business processes.

The Texprocess Americas symposium — a three-day educational forum held concurrently with the exhibition — will present recent developments in the sewn products and equipment industry. The symposium lineup includes nine sessions and more than 40 presentations by leading industry experts covering design, product development, manufacturing, supply chain management,  sustainability, global sourcing and international trade updates.

Keynote Address
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will kick off Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. with a keynote address by Colombian designer Miguel Caballero, who launched a bulletproof clothing label in 1992 and is renowned as the "Armani of bulletproof clothing." Caballero will discuss the origins of the concept for his company; its evolution into a leading personal protective solutions brand; his clientele; and his view on the industry's future.

For more information about Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, contact Stephanie Everett +678-732-2424; stephanie.everett@usa.messefrankfurt.com; or Lorie Gross +678-732-2433; lorie.gross@usa.messefrankfurt.com; techtextilna.com; texprocessamericas.com. Detailed symposium schedules may be found on each of the show's websites.

January/February 2012