ATLANTA-Attendance at last month’s Home Textiles Sourcing Expo reached 5,895 verified visitors from 22 countries, an 11 percent increase over the July 2013 Expo and the show’s highest attendance ever, according to a statement from Messe Frankfurt North America, which owns and manages the show.
The show, which took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, featured 135 exhibitors from eight countries, which showcased fabrics and finished home goods. Messe Frankfurt organizes the show in partnership with the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. Once again, it ran concurrently with Texworld USA and the International Apparel Sourcing Show, also owned and managed by Messe Frankfurt North.
Dennis Smith, president of Messe Frankfurt North America, said, “This year’s strong participation confirms the predictions of industry experts regarding a moderate rebound in the U.S. home textile market to be realized over the next few years. Our diverse participation from many sourcing countries confirmed the demand for home fabrics and soft goods that can be sourced at the only home textile sourcing show on the East Coast.”
The Expo featured a series of 19 complimentary seminars covering a wide range of topics. Attendance at the seminars reached 1,685, 17 percent ahead of the attendance at the seminars at last year’s show. Topics included color trends for the home, innovations in bedding and sustainable textiles.
Next year’s Expo will once again be co-located with Texworld USA and the International Apparel Sourcing Show. All three events are scheduled for July 21-23, 2015, at the Javits Center.