FESPA has announced the launch of Sportswear Pro, which will run alongside the FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 from March 24 to 27 in Madrid, Spain.
The exhibition will be dedicated exclusively to sportswear manufacturing and will focus on the latest technologies in on-demand and customised sportswear production. It will bring together suppliers for three key areas of sportswear manufacture; design, production and decoration, as well as developers of accessories, smart textiles and printed electronics.
In addition to the exhibition, the new event will feature a dedicated conference programme reflecting the business priorities of sportswear manufacturers and designers, such as sustainability and automation.
Michael Ryan, event manager for Sportswear Pro at FESPA, said: “Our core FESPA community is heavily engaged in the production of sports apparel, with 80% of textile printers active in this dynamic segment, according to our 2018 FESPA Print Census. But what is clear is that, despite 7% growth in 2018, sportswear producers are not currently served by an event focused on how to optimise their processes and meet the global trends of customisation and speed to market.
“We believe that FESPA, having established a commanding position as a leading European exhibition for textile and garment printing including direct to garment, can deliver an event that informs, educate and inspires sportswear designers and manufacturers with the opportunities being enabled by technology and materials innovation.”
The co-location of Sportswear Pro with FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 allows visitors to move seamlessly between the two events, taking advantage of the array of screen and digital printing exhibits within the FESPA textile halls, and also providing access to the Print Make Wear educational feature.
FESPA CEO, Neil Felton, concluded: “FESPA’s long heritage in screen and digital printing gives us deep roots in the garment production sector, while recent insights show clearly that sports and active wear is one of the most dynamic segments of this industry. We’re confident that the introduction of Sportswear Pro will add value to our established community, while supporting a wider audience to evolve their manufacturing businesses for a fast-changing market.”