Spesa Expo takes place in Atlanta from May 18-20. The previous edition of the event was held in Miami Beach in 2007.
Drivers for the strong exhibitor and attendee results this year, according to SPESA, include the addition of several new exhibit categories, new global supply chain resource centers, a dedicated IT Showcase pavilion, an all-new Cool Zone 2.0 exhibit, and "a more robust international presence."
Driving the increase in floor space is the addition of several new exhibit categories for 2010, including fabrics and materials, trims and components, product development services, production and supply chain services, and information technology (IT). The historically strong SPESA EXPO machinery and equipment categories are returning en masse for the 2010 edition.
According to Spesa, also factoring into the expansion are a number of new attractions including the first-ever Made in USA Supply Chain, Supply Chain of the Americas, and IT Showcase show components; as well as the updated Cool Zone v2.0 and numerous country and regional pavilions from Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
The trade group also reported that attendee registration, which recently opened online, is very strong; tracking ahead of the numbers achieved at similar intervals prior to the 2007 event.
SPESA notes that ATME-I/MEGATEX and TECHTEXTIL North America are also reporting similar advance attendee results. In Atlanta, the three trade organizations are combining their shows under one roof for the first time ever, as co-location partners for what is being promoted as "Textile & Sewn Products Industry Week."
"We are pleased with the way both exhibitors and attendees are embracing our event," said SPESA President Benton Gardner. "As companies continually strive for greater product innovation and more efficient operations, SPESA EXPO serves as a valuable resource for the technology, supply chain services, and knowledge that fashion and sewn products retailers, brands, manufacturers need to succeed in 2010 and beyond. For these and other reasons, we expect to see continued strong space sales and pre-registration right up until the start of the event."