The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
The event hosted 161 exhibitors from 11 countries including international pavilions from China and Germany, as well as a SPESA-IT and SEAMS pavillion with a total co-location attendance of 6800 from 62 countries.
John Gallagher, President of Messe Frankfurt USA, commented at the conclusion of the 2012 edition:
“I am extremely pleased with the results of Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America. Our attendees experienced three days of informative symposiums and a busy exhibit floor with business being conducted. The positive comments I heard bode well for the industry. We look forward to these events continuing to be the meeting place for these industries.”
The kick off to the event was the keynote address by Miguel Caballero, whose company Miguel Caballero USA (see below video profile) is known as The Armani of Bullet Proof Clothing. Miguel’s speech regarding his business and how far he has come with his innovative ideas which brought his designs to life filled the audience with excitement which they took to the show floor.
SPESA EXPO Incorporation
The launch of Texprocess Americas incorporated SPESA EXPO to bring to the Americas the largest and best sewn products and equipment trade show of its kind. Messe Frankfurt USA and SPESA concluded agreements in April 2010 to cooperate, co-produce and launch Texprocess Americas every even year in Atlanta.
Dave Gardner, Managing Director of SPESA reported on the results of the show stating:
“From 2010 to 2012… what a difference two short years makes! From SPESA EXPO to Texprocess Americas. From a business climate that was just recovering to one with more positives and more stability. From off-shoring to on-shoring. As evidenced by the inaugural 2012 edition of Texprocess Americas business is back.”
“As the co-producer of Texprocess Americas, the SPESA association is completely pleased with and proud of our partnership with Messe Frankfurt and our agreement to merge SPESA EXPO into Texprocess Americas. As we predicted, the co-location of Texprocess Americas with Techtextil North America proved to be advantageous for our exhibiting members and for the industry as a whole.”
“The results from this year’s successful, inaugural launch of Texprocess Americas will designate this exhibition and symposium series as a ‘must attend’ event for the entire textile and sewn products industry in the Americas.”
SPESA claims to be the only US-based association representing suppliers of equipment, technology, and services to the sewn products industry and SPESA members are said to be the primary exhibitors in Texprocess Americas.
Held concurrently with the exhibition and developed by industry experts the symposium contained nine sessions with more than 40 presentations in a variety of formats that covered a wide range of topics from Sourcing to the European Market, Manufacturing Technology, World Supply Chain and an International Trade Update Session.
Texprocess Americas USA, May 2012
Those who attended the symposium are said to have felt the sessions were insightful and that the speakers presented high quality presentations. One attendee, Oscar Chavarria, Director of Manufacturing at Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., USA, said: “I thought the event was very insightful. My main purpose for attending was to gather up intel on the different market outlooks for our industry. I thought the panellists were very knowledgeable in their fields and came prepared with a well of information.”
Other attendees such as Fernando Lobo, Sr. Manager, Costing Engineering, COACH, USA, commented:
”I participated in two symposiums: New Technology and Manufacturing Technology. The quality of the material presented the high energy of the presenters and the eye-opening presentations featured a great deal of innovation and improvements to the technology throughout the years. The best part of it was that all that technology was available for all to see at the show. “
Attendee Jeremy Litchfield, President & CEO at Atayne , USA said:
“Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America is a must go to show for anyone whose business is connected to the textile industry. Having the ability the see the latest in materials and manufacturing equipment all under roof is a great time and travel expense savings. The quality of companies exhibiting was outstanding. In just a day and a half I made many new connections that will help to drive our business forward and help us compete in the global marketplace as a US based manufacturer."
Amongst the exhibitors American & Efird’s Director of Marketing and Sales Administration, Mark Hatton commented:
“A&E felt that Texprocess Americas was a tremendous success, and we were honoured to be a part of the inaugural "Americas" event. The co-production with SPESA, and the promotional activities undertaken by all clearly made a difference in developing a "buzz" that seemed to draw people to the show. Also word about the show travelled fast, as we have already heard from some who were disappointed in their inability to attend. We tell them, "look for us in 2014" and make your plans early.”
Texprocess Americas 2014
The second edition of Texprocess Americas will be held in May, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia and will once again be co-located with Techtextil North America. For the more information, please visit www.TexprocessAmericas.com
The next Teprocess in Frankfurt will take place from June 10-13, 2013. The trade show for processing textile and flexible materials will be co-located with Techtextil (June 11-13, 2013). Interested companies can register online for Texprocess 2013 at www.texprocess.com
Author: Billy Hunter