For the first time, a group of exhibitors from outside the EU has been allowed to take part at this year's Expofil, the yarns and fabrics show due to take place in Paris from 5-7 June 2001. While this was good news for the non-EU participants, this year's show will also see another first - the first year without any exhibitors from Britain. In welcoming the oriental newcomers, Didier Tardy, Expofil president, expressed regret that no British exhibitors will be taking part in the show.