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Messe Frankfurt acquires Source Africa and ATF

Apr 10, 2018

Source Africa 2018 features 2-days of high-quality industry discussions focussing on global industry trends and trade flow agreements.

Cape Town International Convention Centre, 20-21 June 2018.

Next month Source Africa 2018 opens it’s doors for a 2-day exhibition with free-to-attend conference sessions.

The overarching theme for 2018 is a focus on global and local trends, technological optimisation and trade flow agreements that will be brought to life by industry expert speakers.

The 2-day conference takes place alongside the exhibition that features leading industry suppliers from South Africa, Mauritius, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe – with more to be confirmed inthe coming weeks.

“With a line-up of over 20 high-calibre speakers and a host of local and international exhibitors, Source Africa is the ideal platform for buyers, sourcing managers, technologists and retailers to benefit and learn from each other through interactive discussions and networking opportunities,“ says Kathryn Frew, Show Manager of Source Africa.

Some of the speakers confirmed for the 2018 event includes; Robert Ritson, Managing Director of Berzacks Brothers, who will be speaking about “Smartphone sewing technology – the next generation industrial sewing system“. The session compares traditional technologies such as machine settings with the screwdriver and hand to the latest digital optimisations and it’s impact on productivity for businesses. Adding to the stellar line-up is Alberto Carolini - Sales Manager from UL Consumer & Retail Services. Clay Hickson – Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at WRAP in the U.S. and Pieter de Beer - Senior Industry Development Manager at the Industiral Development Council – to name a few.

Day 1 unfastens with a panel discussion analysing “Online vs Traditional vs Omni-channels“ a session that unpacks retail platforms and finding the right balance between online and traditional platforms to target your consumer market. Other topics to be discussed include Assisting Creative Entrepeneurs, Investment Opportunities, Trade Agreements between African countries and insights on the availability of funding to assist industry development.

“ In an industry that is evolving faster than we know, it’s important to have a well-crafted agenda with a variety of relevant topics that allows attendees to takeaway knowledge on the latest developments, innovations and trends,“ adds Frew.
For the full conference agenda and to find out which expert speakers you will be learning from, visit the website, and diarise the sessions most applicable to your line of work.

A Young Designers competition will also take centre stage this year, and for the first time a graduate recruitment program is being developed in conjunction with the Cape Town Fashion Council. This platform presents opportunities for recruiters to spot talent, view designs of recent graduates and discuss their portfolios in a dedicated showcase area.

Network with local and international manufacturers and buyers at the 6th edition of Source Africa which is aimed to promote the growth of small - medium size businesses.

We look forward to welcoming you to the most important sourcing event for textiles, apparel and footwear on the African continent.

Book your free visitor pass online at www.source

For more information, please contact:
Kathryn Frew, Show Manager, | +27 (0) 10 599 6171
Melissa Bender, Marketing Manager | +27 (0) 10 599 6158

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