A new sourcing markets pavilion and three days of seminars covering topics from best practice and trade agreements to procurement and logistics will feature at the next Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami show.

Having received a US$2m investment injection from JP Communications and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT), the show, which has doubled in size, will return on 20-22 May at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center.

Billed as the largest apparel and textile sourcing show in the Southern US and Latin America, the event will host more than 300 international and domestic manufacturing companies exhibiting a wide range of products and process solutions in the field of manufacturing and sourcing services.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for buyers in the US and Latin America to source and negotiate licensing rights with these never-before-seen innovative brands," says Jason Prescott, CEO of ATSM.

"Thousands of top buyers from more than 40 countries are expected to attend ATSM 2019 to source, connect and develop lasting relationships with qualified international and domestic suppliers," he said, citing as examples ATSM notable buyers from Kate Spade, HSN, Perry Ellis, Zara, Gap Inc., Chico's, Macy's, and Levi's.

Visitors to the event will benefit from matchmaking services for buyers and suppliers, a runway presentation, and conference and educational sessions featuring industry experts covering new technology applications such as AI and 3D printing, sourcing tips, sustainability, e-commerce strategy, and international trade policy.

Speakers include president and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Avedis Seferian, MD of the Hohenstein Institute Americas, Ben Mead, director of sourcing for Perry Ellis International, Danielle Santos, and senior manager at Intertek, Jenna Pires.

A new sourcing markets pavilion will also feature, displaying more than 100 unique products from emerging markets including Inner Mongolia, East Africa, India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Latin America markets, streetwear, fabric and trim, and swim sections will also be on offer.

CCCT chairman, Cao Jiachang, says the 2019 show will see participation from popular branded companies from across Asia in addition to a wide range of suppliers and products. "These are all highly successful, leading apparel brands in China, looking for US partners to represent them in America and help grow their brands globally."

In addition to CCCT, international partners include Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh (EPB), VESTEX Guatemala, and Pro Mexico, among others.