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Trade shows focus on critical issues facing industry

"Global uncertainty, slowing demand, currency fluctuations are some of the factors pushing industries to think of ways to remain competitive. The focus of the Première Vision New York and Milano Unica New York will be on the growing demand for the Made in USA.  According to Guglielmo Olearo, International Exhibits Director at Première Vision, while American brands are sourcing more from Europe because of the price benefit, consumer demand is not quite upbeat. The year 2016, he feels, will be a year of uncertainty with rising geopolitical tensions like Cold War between Turkey and Russia."

 

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Days when trade fairs were only organised for exhibitors and visitors to showcase and understand forthcoming fashion, fabric trends are passé. Today, with numerous issues like economic slowdown, shifting production and trade dynamics and awareness about creating sustainable supply chain confronting the industry, fair organisers are roping in stalwarts during the fair days to deliberate on these topics.

 

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In fact, the trade fairs being organised this month in New York, like Première Vision, Texworld USA and Milano Unica, for instance, will witness industry experts discuss topics such as future of emerging global production trends, low demand, raw material scenario as well as new product development, among others.

Premiere Vision, Milano Unica to focus on issues

Global uncertainty, slowing demand, currency fluctuations are some of the factors pushing industries to think of ways to remain competitive. The focus of the Première Vision New York and Milano Unica New York will be on the growing demand for the Made in USA.

According to Guglielmo Olearo, International Exhibits Director at Première Vision, while American brands are sourcing more from Europe because of the price benefit, consumer demand is not quite upbeat. The year 2016, he feels, will be a year of uncertainty with rising geopolitical tensions like Cold War between Turkey and Russia.

For Ercole Botto Poala, President of Milano Unica, the US is emerging as a potential and strong market for the Italian companies because of the quality and price these players are able to offer. While Milano Unica will be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center’s River Pavilion from January 24 to 26, 2016, Premiere Vision will host the show on January 19 and 20, 2016. And Texworld USA, with a focus on new fibre innovations and sustainability returns to the Javits Center from January 24 to 26, 2016 featuring 331 exhibitors representing 15 countries.

Seminars, workshops highlight at events

With 353 exhibitors compared to 296 last January, Premiere Vision will also have a dedicated ‘Made in New York’ area supported by the city of New York and the Council of Fashion Designers of America focusing on local manufacturing and industry. Bob Bland, CEO of Manufacture New York, will discuss “Urban Manufacturing for the 21st Century: Global Problems, Local Solutions” at the show.

Texworld will have exhibitors from the US, China, Peru, Portugal, the U.K., Colombia, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan and India along with dedicated country pavilions from Taiwan and Turkey. With several US yarn and fabric companies present at the fair, the fair will also have a panel discussion as part of the Lenzing Seminar Series on ‘Made in NYC’ in which Bland will join Erin Kent, programs manager at the CFDA, and Tina Schenk, owner and founder of Werkstatt to discuss resources that can assist companies make their lines in the city.

Sustainability will be another focus area at two of the Texworld talks. At ‘Designed with Sustainability in Mind’, Issac Nichelson, Chief Sustainability Marketing Officer at Recover Tex; Jerker Ligthart, Senior Chemical Engineer at Chemsec, and Lewis Perkins, Interim President at Cradle to Cradle, will discuss how to integrate sustainability into a collection, from conception to finished garment to a second life.

In ‘Latest on Standards and Sustainability’, Sandra Marquardt, North America representative for the Global Organic Textile Standard; Lenzing’s Carey, and Nikki Hodgson, corporate responsibility coordinator for the Outdoor Industry Association, will talk on how to select materials that have a preferred environmental status and can be sourced responsibly and certified to a standard.

Texworld USA seminar series will take a comprehensive look at several areas of importance to the textile, apparel and sourcing industries. Key topics include: social media strategies and tips, sustainability and design, fibre innovation, the future of trade and TPP, Spring 2017 colour trends, and more.

www.texworld.messefrankfurt.com

 

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