From 3 to 6 October 2017, the third edition of Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week, Africa’s main trade show for the cotton, textile, apparel, home and technology industry happening in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), will welcome international suppliers and buyers after a recently signed cooperation with specialized trade show organization Messe Frankfurt.

As agreed within the partnership, the three new trade fair brands Texworld Addis Abeba, Apparel Sourcing Addis Abeba and Texprocess Addis Abeba will be launched within the Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week. The event trio takes place in Addis Abeba’s Millennium Hall and will present over 250 international exhibitors from 25 countries.

The largest exhibiting nations participating include Turkey, the United Arabic Emirates, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Italy and Germany. Apparel fabrics, leather goods, fashion and fashionable accessories will be the main items on display.

Among companies that have already confirmed their participation there are Almeda Textile, Atraco, Baykar Tekstil, Else Textile, Indochina Textile, Maa Garment, MNS, Özkan Textile, Tür Ip Tekstil, Velocity and YKK.

Among participating companies there will also be home and household textile providers, as well as machinery manufacturers for garment production, CAD/CAM systems, printers, inks and accessories.  Parallel to the fair there will be a comprehensive program, including a fashion show, lecture series, a trend area and a matchmaking platform.

Fashion plays an important role for the African economy. The combined apparel and footwear market in Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be worth USD31 billion, (source: Euromonitor International). The local fashion industry is expected to double in the next 10 years, generating up to USD5 trillion annually.

“Due to increased wages within Asia, cheap labor in Africa, as well as the AGOA agreement between Africa and the USA, the African continent is becoming ever more important for textile production. Lesotho, South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya and Ethiopia are playing a leading role in this”, says Skander Negasi, managing director of Trade and Fairs East Africa, organizer of Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week.

“For us, this partnership marks the start of our textile trade fair activities on an exceptionally interesting continent that is becoming more and more important for the textile industry and whose players will come increasingly to prominence”, commented Olaf Schmidt, vice president textiles & textile technologies, Messe Frankfurt.”

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