In just under a week's time the world's fourth largest trade fair venue will open its doors to IMB 2009. The last IMB event in 2006 welcomed some 25,000 visitors to view the latest in apparel and textile technology from around 600 exhibitors.

As such IMB is a firm calendar appointment for many professionals in the apparel and textile sector. To help save you time, and having to walk all 80,000 square metres of the show, we bring you this exclusive preview of what the PLM world will be offering at the show.

Armed with your badge and event brochure you should first head over to Hall 8. This is not only where most of the PLM vendors are located, it is also the venue for Speakers' Corner and the IMB Forum where many of the vendors will be running presentations.

Details on each vendor follow below outlining where you can find them, what you can see on the stand, what presentations they'll be running and finally links to more background information.

We hope you have a great time at IMB and if you want to meet with us at the show Heather Gallimore and Leonie Barrie from just-style will be at IMB on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd April. To arrange a meeting please contact Heather on +44 (0)7803 725540 or email heather@just-style.com.

Alvanon Inc, United States
Hall 8. Stand A058, A056.

On the stand:
Visit the Alvanon stand to find out more about its consulting division, fit mannequin standard collections and to view a demonstration of its customised blocks service.

At Speakers' Corner:
Ed Gribbin, president of the AlvaInsight division will be presenting "Emerging Brand Strategies for Recession & Recovery: What 'fits' your business best?" on 21 April at 12.30pm and on 22 April at 3.30pm.

In addition you can watch Alvanon's joint speech with Mr Phillip Courtenay (Adidas) on "Fitting the World: How to Develop a Global Standard of Fit" on 23 April at 3.55pm.

AVM GmbH & Co. Softbase KG, Germany
Hall 8. Stand B020 B022.

On the stand:
Visit the AVM stand to see how its system can help with order processing and product development to procurement and materials planning, cost estimating and pricing, production planning, inventory management and dispatch to cut order planning and mobile order entry. With 40 years experience, AVM provides operational process software to over 300 customers across Europe.

At Speakers' Corner:
Nadine Brehm, head of marketing will be presenting "Sales optimisation through a mobile order registration system" on 21 April at 2.00pm.

BEDAV GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stand D050.

On the stand:
At the Bedav stand you can see its ERP software for the wholesale and retail sectors. Set up in 1990, Bedav has launched over 100 projects across Europe and South Africa. Its software is based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Bedav is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

CompData Computer GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stand C008.

On the stand:
View CompData's HighTex software solution developed over the last 30 years on Microsoft technologies. Established in 1976, CompData also provides NVinity Fashion (ERP) software as well as HR and documentation systems.

At Speakers' Corner:
Michael Krieger - practice leader Textile & Clothing, will present "NVinity Fashion - the new dimension of worldwide collaboration" on 21 April at 11.00am.

Dassault Systèmes, ENOVIA, Germany
Hall 8. Stand B041a (co-exhibiting with Microsoft)

On the stand:
As one of the market leaders in the PLM space, Dassault will be highlighting how its systems can help apparel, retail and footwear companies manage complex supply chains, compete in saturated markets, face the global economic downturn and reduce waste and negative environmental impacts.

Dassault will also announce which one of its existing customers has added ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production to connect its global sourcing and PLM efforts.

At Speakers' Corner:
Jerome Bergeret and a Dassault customer will present "Fast fashion demands PLM - see how our customers do it" on 22 April at 4pm.

Fast React Systems Ltd., United Kingdom
Hall 8. Stand D020.

On the stand:
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fast React will unveil a host of new features in its supply chain solutions at IMB. These will include enhanced 'collaborative planning', and buyer 'tracking reports' including key performance data for its sourcing solution. Plus, numerous tools for measuring and improving operational performance, enhanced customer reporting, collaborative planning for visibility and communication with remote factory sites, control for multi-stage embellishment and vertical integration for textile businesses.

At Speakers' Corner:
Andy Hinton - business development director will present "Urgent: Now is the time for action in your supply chain!" on 23 April at 10.30am.

Infor Global Solutions, Denmark
Hall 8. Stand D023.

On the stand:
As one of the largest application software companies in the world, Infor will be demonstrating its portfolio of solutions for the apparel and footwear sector, including; Infor ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), Infor SCM (Supply Chain Management), Infor PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), Infor PM (Performance Management), Infor CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and Infor Open SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture).

Insys N.V., Belgium
Hall 8. Stand C021.

On the stand:
View Belgium based Insys's FashionPartner ERP solution based on the latest Java and SQL technologies. You can also ask about its consultancy and implementation services including data migration and application integration.

Intex EDV Software GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stands C026, D029 and C028.

On the stand:
Intex will demonstrate its on-demand web-based ERP solution designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses. Intex is also offering an exclusive reduced price of EUR99/user/month at the show.

Koppermann Computersysteme GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stands B034, C035 and B034b.

On the stand:
Koppermann will demonstrate its three main products: TEX-FLOW, a workflow solution that provides information on development progress, capacity utilisation, production timetables as well as possible shortages in production and delays in collection delivery; a new version of TEX-DESIGN, the computer aided textile design solution used by more than 6,000 designers worldwide and TEX-STORE, a virtual sales floor design tool incorporating planagrams.

Lawson Software Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stand C039a.

On the stand:
Lawson will unveil the findings of its new benchmarking survey, "The Supply Chain Performance in the Sportswear Sector: Analysis of Key Performance Metrics." The study will reveal the hidden costs of outsourcing, key performance metrics to help sportswear companies benchmark themselves, and how IT can help attain both right quality and low costs. Lawson will also demonstrate its industry solutions including Lawson Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), QuickStep Fashion, Fashion Planning Workbench, and the recently announced Lawson M3 Analytics.

At Speakers' Corner:
Engelbert Fleischmann - CIO - group IT at Schiesser will present "Striving to meet the conflict between maintaining high delivery service levels and reducing working capital - Lawson Fashion Production Planning at Schiesser" on 23 April at 2pm.

Lectra Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stands A010, B019 and B018.

On the stand:
Lectra will demonstrate new enhancements to its Kaledo design software including multi-colour, space-dye, and fancy yarns for the development of complex knits and woven fabrics; and faster manipulation of repeats. The company will also demonstrate its Modaris pattern-making solution and additions to its Vector cutting offer.

At Speakers' Corner:
Anastasia Charbin, product manger design solutions, will present "Design Lifecycle Management: Leveraging in-house talent and design assets to capitalise on creative investments and improve design quality" on 23 April at 3.30pm.

OptiTex, Israel
Sharing with Insys, Hall 8, stand C021.

On the stand:
Visit the OptiTex to see a demonstration of its 2D and 3D CAD systems. You can also view demonstrations of its recently announced web-based service providing automated nesting and file conversion utilities.

At Speakers' Corner:
Sagi Shani - CTO will present  "OptiTex goes online" on 23 April at 10.00am.

Porini Spa, Italy
Hall 8. Stand A50.

On the stand:
Visit the Porini stand to see its latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 vertical solution for apparel including a new e-collaborativity and workflow tool. The Porini stand also features arvato systems Technologies GmbH, a Porini partner for the German market.

PTC Parametric Technology GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stand B038.

On the stand:
As one of the market leaders in this sector, PTC will be showcasing all of its software solutions including its web-based solution Windchill FlexPLM and FlexPLM Adobe Design Module, which allows product creation within Adobe Illustrator. You can also find out how its PLM solutions can help shorten cycle time, improve sourcing, be more environmentally friendly and incorporate customer feedback early in the design stage.

At Speakers' Corner:
On 22 April PTC will make three presentations:

At 12.30pm Manfred Schindler of the Adidas Group will present "History, Current Status and Future Direction of PLM within Adidas". Adidas will present from their more than 15 years of hands on experience on their understanding of PLM, how it has evolved, what benefits have been realised and their vision for the future.

At 1.00pm Kathleen Mitford - VP product & market strategy, PTC will present "PLM: The Technological Foundation of Streamlined Collaboration between Merchandising, Design, Product Development and Sourcing." Kathleen will present details of how leading retailers and brands are leveraging PLM to streamline collaboration across a global environment to ensure that trend-right products get to market faster, without sacrificing margin or quality.

At 1.30pm Reid Swanson - strategic account manager Central Europe, PTC will present "PLM: Incorporating the Voice of the Customer." Reid will cover how PTC customers are using social networking media to gauge customer opinions on everything from style to colour and branding. The presentation then considers how the "next generation" of PLM will enable customer-centric functionality earlier in the design process.

At IMB Forum (in Hall 8):
Tom van der Poel, ICT manager at the PTC customer, Unlimited Sports Group BV, will present "Chances for the future: CAD/CAM & Management Solutions" on 22 April at 11.40am.

Pohl Softwear GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stand D053.

On the stand:
Pohl Softwear will be sharing its 30 years experience of implementing apparel software from a technical and business process standpoint. Pohl claims to have around 50 customers, primarily based in Austria and Germany, and include Marc O'Polo, Akris and Verse.

At Speakers' Corner:
Manfred Topüth, head of business development will present "Time wear - Target costing in the fashion industry" on 21 April at 3.00pm.

Setlog GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stand C020.

On the stand:
Setlog will be demonstrating its supply chain know-how around sourcing, production, delivery and logistics. Founded in 2001 Setlog incorporates SCM-consultancy, information technology and system implementation.  

Shapely Shadow Inc, United States
Hall 9. Stand C006.

On the stand:
Drop by and see how fastfit360.com helps companies collaborate online with partners over the design and fit of a garment. Provided as a web-based solution, the web site works like a modern-day flip book with full 360 degree views and a time-line for viewing changes over time.

SpeedStep IT Solutions for Fashion Companies e.K., Germany
Hall 8. Stand D048.

On the stand:
Visit SpeedStep to see software solutions for fashion design, merchandising and product data management (PDM). SpeedStep claim over 1300 customers across 10 countries including C&A, Ernsting's Family and Giesswein.

TXTe-solutions GmbH, Germany
Hall 8. Stand D014.

On the stand:
Visit the TXTe-solutions stand to see how TXTPERFORM2008 can help you organise and improve your PLM, PDM, budgeting, demand planning , promotions, sales and operations planning, distribution, inventory optimisation and supplier management.

At Speakers' Corner:
Martin Schmernbeck - key account manager will present "Merchandise-driven Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) from the point of sale to the product with solutions from TXT e-solutions" on 23 April at 11.00am.

World Fashion Exchange Inc, United States
Hall 8. Stand D026.

On the stand:
You can see WFX demonstrating how its on-demand suite of web PDM and web PLM solutions can be used to cut product costs and improve customer response. You can also test drive the product.

In addition WFX will unveil the latest product enhancements in its summer 09 upgrade and announce a new order from Lee Cooper Group Ltd for WFXondemand.com.

At Speakers' Corner:
Jatin Paul - director, will present "Uncovering PLM: The Real Benefit & Cost" on 23rd April at 11.30am.

Are you a presentation addict?
If you fancy taking the weight off your feet and want to see and hear what each vendor has to say then take a look at the PLM schedule for Speakers' Corner and the full IMB Forum schedule.

When?
Tuesday 21 April 2009 from 9.00am to 6.00pm.
Wednesday 22 April 2009 from 9.00am to 6.00pm.
Thursday 23 April 2009 from 9.00am to 6.00pm.
Friday 24 April 2009 from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Where?
Koelnmesse GmbH,
Messeplatz 1
50679 Cologne,
Germany

For further details please visit the official site at www.imb-cologne.com