World Apparel Market, the global sourcing forum for men's, women's and children's wear retailers, branded manufacturers and distributors, is to move to a more central, high profile European venue - the Brussels Exhibition Centre - and a new dateline of 3-5 April 2001.

A new event, World Retailing, has also been scheduled to take place alongside World Apparel Market in the Brussels Exhibition Centre. This is a dedicated conference and exhibition to address the key success factors in an increasingly international retail world. It will cover supply networks, logistics and fulfilment, e-business tools and operational excellence.

In a statement, Neshat Ahmed, deputy managing director of organiser Emap Fashion, said: World Apparel Market has moved from Lille to avoid any potential political antagonism, due to the coincidence of local French elections in March 2001 and a protectionist attitude displayed by the local textile manufacturing industry who intended to use the 2001 local government elections to stop overseas manufacturers plying their trade. However, Brussels is in fact a more natural home for World Apparel Market as the recognised capital of Europe."

The exhibition is expected to see some of the world's biggest clothing producers demonstrating their merchandise and production expertise for the benefit of Europe's large-scale private label buyers. This will be backed up by sourcing and market information provided through the Internet all year round.

The exhibition will be preceded by the Global Sourcing Summit 2001, a three-day conference being held immediately before the event. Seminars will give advice on selling to the European market, including issues such as government subsidies, tariffs and quotas, EU regulations, supply chain management and how to understand, forecast and respond to changing trends. Buyer workshops, to be held during the event, will cover topics such as market trends and implications, ethical trading, good business practice, supply chain partnerships and investment opportunities.