The US industry has another technology show to look forward to with today's news that the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) is to organise and produce a new triennial machinery and services exhibition and conference.

Scheduled for 18-20 May 2004 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida, the event will rotate with other triennial trade events serving this industry in Japan (spring 2002) and Germany (spring 2003).

This latest announcement follows on from recent news that The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is launching a new technology and equipment show for suppliers to the sewn products industry alongside Material World at the Miami Beach Convention Center from 14-16 April 2004, and that Bobbin World also plans to stage its international exposition and conference in spring 2004 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

In a statement to members, SPESA said: "We are fully aware of the industry's concern and confusion about the proliferation of announcements for shows serving our industry in 2004."

It went on to say its show will differ because it is solely owned by a non-profit organisation, which will help suppliers and customers achieve cost reductions and provide value-added results; it will focus on all sectors of the sewn products industry (not just apparel) and will concentrate on equipment and technology rather than sourcing and fabrics; and has been designed by suppliers to meet their needs and goals.
SPESA president David J Siegelman, president of Lectra USA Inc added that the 100+ member association made its decision because it believes "a three-year major machinery and technology-focused show, in harmony with the global cycle (JIAM in Japan and IMB in Germany), is a much more cost-effective approach to marketplace shifts and needs than an annual show. The current proliferation of annual and semi-annual events may serve short-term situational needs, but this is not cost-effective for customers and suppliers alike."