Two back-to-back events are being organised later this year by the SPESA association – Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas – offering updates on the latest technology along with perspectives on how to succeed in a fast-changing marketplace.

The Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference on 2-3 November will be followed by its Annual Executive Conference on 3-5 November. Both events take place at the Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Seventh in the series, the Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference is designed to help manufacturers of sewn products improve their quality and manufacturing efficiencies while, at the same time, reducing their lead-times required for production. The event showcases the technical knowledge and expertise of leading equipment and technology suppliers in a non-commercial, educational-only event.

The annual Executive Conference, meanwhile, takes 'Localisation and Globalisation' as its theme, bringing together industry, government and education leaders on a wide range of current issues and trends including domestic and regional manufacturing, advanced technologies, economics, and government legislation.

"Too often industry professionals have to deal with conflicting events, tight calendars, tight travel budgets, and long travel distances," explains SPESA chairman Mel Berzack and president of Sewn Products Equipment Co. "By compacting these dual events into one week at a mid-continent destination point between the East and West Coasts we have made it easier on everyone."

SPESA president Benton Gardner adds: "Our 2016 conferences are designed to provide industry executives with updates on technology advancements along with wide-ranging perspectives on how they can succeed and grow in a fast-changing marketplace."

Presentations at the Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies conference include:

  • Exploring Collaboration in A Globalised Apparel Product Development Process – Tukatech
  • Advancements in Apparel and Fashion Product Development – EFI Optitex [USA]
  • Sewing Quality Must Be Engineered into Your Products to Achieve Best Results – A&E
  • How Upfront Labor Costing Can Improve Your Bottom Line – Methods Workshop
  • Remote Possibilities – Extending the Boundaries of Supply Chain Visibility – Gerber Technology
  • Why Speed to Market Matters…And What You Can Do to Get Faster – Alvanon Inc
  • The Potential of Technology Creating Disruption! – Sewn Products Equipment Co
  • The Purpose of Proper Planning in the Cutting Room – Morgan Tecnica America
  • A Call for Change – Lectra
  • Still Searching or Already Stitching Again? INH – Ideal Needle Handling – Groz-Beckert
  • Real-Time Visibility: The Key to Improved Manufacturing Operations – CGS, Blue Cherry Shop Floor Controls
  • Innovate! How Successful Manufacturers Lead Change in Disruptive Times – Henderson Sewing Machine Co
  • Advancements in Vision Sewing Technology – Brother International Corp
  • Selecting the Correct Needle – Schmetz Needle Corp
  • Welding – A Sewing Alternative? – DAP America
  • SAN and MR Needles for Advancement in Production of All Sewn Products – Groz-Beckert
  • It's Not Rocket Science, It's How Addressing the Basics Will Help Make You Successful – A&E

Speakers at the Executive Conference include:

  • Leading with Honour: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton – Lee Ellis, Colonel (Ret.) – US Air Force;
  • Local for Local: Under Armour's Vision for the Future of Manufacturing – Jami Dunbar, vice president, Lighthouse Apparel, Under Armour;
  • Impact of US Election on Textile & Sewn Products Trade Policy – Jon Fee, senior counsel, Alston & Bird LLP;
  • The San Antonio Shoemakers Story – Nancy Richardson, CEO, San Antonio Shoemakers;
  • Localisation: Industry Reshoring and Resurgence – Mary Lynn Landgraf, senior international trade specialist, US Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA);
  • Globalisation – Han Bekke, chairman of the board, MODINT (Dutch Trade Association for Fashion, Interior and Textiles) and incoming IAF President (International Apparel Federation);
  • SPESA Speaks – Ed Gribbin, president, Alvanon Inc

Registration is open to all sewn products industry professionals at each event's dedicated website: