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Virtual Home Textiles Sourcing Expo To Feature Suppliers From 15 Countries

The three-day virtual fair hosted by Messe Frankfurt will be held July 21-23 in place of the planned show at the Javits Center in NYC.

7/9/2020
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Messe Frankfurt says international participation in the virtual Sourcing Expo is increasing.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- With much of the home textiles global network on hold as a result of the pandemic, the upcoming Home Textiles Sourcing Expo represents the first chance in over half a year for importers, retailers and suppliers to meet with overseas manufacturers.

The show, which has been the only event in North America to solely focus on fabrics and finished soft goods for all home applications, has traditionally been at New York City's Javits Convention Center but due to the unprecedented conditions, it is going virtual this year.

The dates -- July 21 to 23 -- remain the same, making it the first event for the home textiles industry to ever be held virtually. 

An impressive assortment of home textiles suppliers from fifteen countries around the world will be showing at the three-day event, including exhibitors from Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Turkey and the Pakistan.

The new virtual platform will offer: Free access to sourcing, education and more; AI-powered matchmaking that calculates and recommends the most relevant connections; Dynamic online presentations with vivid customization; Live chats and virtual networking; Interactive educational programming; And flexibility to engage at the user's convenience during the live event and beyond.


The Home Textiles Sourcing Expo features a range of products including upholstery fabrics and area rugs.

"One of the strengths of the virtual platform is that buyers are able to see many more options because the companies are in their factories," said Jennifer Bacon, show director for the event, which is organized by Messe Frankfurt. "So these virtual exhibitors will have access to more fabrics than they would typically be able to bring over to a show."

One of the larger contingents will be from Korea, showing as part of the Korea Textile Center and representing 15 individual companies. The KTC is a public, non-profit organization that promotes Korean textile manufacturers’ export business interests, and introduces overseas fabric buyers to the Korean marketplace, providing accurate fabric sourcing information utilizing its comprehensive database of Korean fabrics. 

Exhibiting from Brazil is Textil J. Serrano, established in 1950 and now the biggest home textile company from South America. The company, which exports to more than 20 countries, is totally vertically integrated, OEKO-TEX certified and specializes in upholstery fabrics, mattress ticking and finished products like area rugs and bedspreads.

Kayteks, the Turkish bedding supplier started in 1965, is another exhibitor this year. The company handles the entire process of production from yarn to finished product by knitting, cutting, confection, packing and shipping sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers and has multiple certifications from OEKO-TEX, BCI, GOTS and other organizations.

The show runs concurrently with Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA.  More information, including registration details and schedules, is available at HomeTextilesSourcingExpo.com.

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