The economic, technological and sourcing facility powering the growth of the Asian apparel manufacturing industries will be a major feature of discussion at the 17th International Apparel Federation World Apparel Convention which takes place from October 30 - November 1 2001 at Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan.

Asia's vital role in the global fashion community will be highlighted, with contributions by speakers from top Asian apparel organisations such as Sophie Hong Fashion (Taiwan), Shimamura (Japan) Itochu Textile Institute (Japan), Tonywear (Taiwan), Thai Garment (Thailand), and TTF (Taiwan).

Contributions dealing more broadly with the world of fashion will be given by executives from DuPont, Nautica, Mango, Marzotto, Versace, Oracle, SMI, Russell Corporation, and Datacolor,

Thomas Huang, president of the IAF, said that the changes in Asia in recent years have attracted more interest from the world's textile and apparel industry, and the liberalisation of textile and apparel markets by the WTO set for the year 2005 will have significant influence on the world industry.

This year's convention will coincide with the Taipei International Textile & Apparel Show (TITAS).