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IFAI, Clarion sign event collaboration agreement

News | April 16, 2013 | By:

Trade association/publisher to have large presence at ExpoProducción

The Industrial Fabrics Association International announced in an April 15 press release that it has signed a collaborative agreement with Clarion Events North America regarding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City.

The collaboration will include an IFAI pavilion and conference within the annual ExpoProducción trade show at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Feb. 5-7, 2014, according to the release.

The inaugural version of Clarion’s ExpoProducción show focused on apparel manufacturing. IFAI’s inclusion in the second edition of the show will expand that focus into the specialty fabrics and advanced textiles marketplace. The press release noted that this new collaboration will also allow the two organizations to further explore cooperation in the development of other textile events in the Americas and globally.

Todd Lindemann, IFAI’s vice president of conference management, said: “IFAI is very excited to announce this collaboration with Clarion in Mexico, and for the potential opportunities that lie ahead … David Audrain and his team at Clarion are experienced and well-respected, and we look forward to working with them.”

Audrain, president & CEO of Clarion Events North America, said: “IFAI is a world-renowned organization with a long history of producing successful events. We are extremely pleased to have them partner with us in the expansion of our ExpoProducción show in Mexico City … The addition of the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Pavilion and Conference as part of ExpoProducción will bring a new market and group of decision-makers to the event thereby enhancing the scope and appeal of the trade show.”

The press release described Minnesota-based IFAI as “the largest and longest-running textile trade organization in the world.” IFAI publishes six market-specific magazines in print and online. It organizes industry events such as Geo-Frontiers 2011 and Geosynthetics 2013; the 2013 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Oct. 23-25; while supporting the growth of nearly 1,900 member companies worldwide.

The release called Clarion Events “one of the world’s leading independent event organizers, staging more than 200 events annually across the globe.” From just 70 employees in one office in 2004, there are now more than 400 people working directly for Clarion Events from 13 offices in 10 different countries.

Source: IFAI

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