Fespa Sportswear Pro show builds momentum in Madrid

The first-ever Fespa Sportswear Pro event (IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, 24 – 27 March 2020) has lined up significant exhibitors, alongside official support from AFYDAD, the Spanish Sports Association.

Tapping into the growing athletic/athleisure markets and the personalisation possibilities that come alongside it for print providers, machine and clothing manufacturers are set to show the latest in technology and applications.

Companies including FK Group Spa, Perma Press AB, Tajima DST, Gemini CAD and Caron Technology have chosen Sportswear Pro 2020 to showcase heat transfer systems, fabric cutting equipment, automatic spreaders and loading systems.

Sportswear Pro 2020 will include a dedicated theatre area with a ‘Triathcon’ Programme featuring streams of content specifically developed to address the key trends shaping the sportswear and athleisure sectors, including customisation, on-demand production, sustainability and smart wearables. The full programme will be published in early 2020 and all sessions will be free to attend.

Visitors to Sportswear Pro 2020 will also have the chance to experience a live sportswear manufacturing showcase in Print Make Wear, a micro factory feature which will connect Sportswear Pro and the co-located Fespa Global Print Expo.

Print Make Wear will represent the full production process for sports and athleisure garments, featuring two distinct workflows. The first reflects a customised garment ordering scenario, enabling visitors to order sportswear items from an on-site kiosk. The second workflow begins with design software, progressing to nesting and production layout. Polyester garments will subsequently be printed using a roll-fed dye sublimation process before calendaring, laser cutting and sewing. Samples produced here will be displayed and modelled on the Print Make Wear catwalk. Guided tours of both workflows will be available to pre-book online.

As the leading annual event for the speciality print community, Fespa Global Print Expo will feature numerous exhibitors dedicated to textile and garment printing and decoration. Printed sportswear on display within Fespa Global Print Expo will also be highlighted in a Visitor Trail, extending the experience for visitors to Sportswear Pro.

Sergio Angulo Rodríguez, Sales Manager, Tajima DST comments, “Sportswear Pro is a great opportunity for Tajima to strengthen our brand and connect with industry professionals. Customisation is a key focus and we are looking forward to showing visitors how they can easily personalise products with our embroidery technology.”

Traian Pindaru, Senior Product Specialist at Gemini CAD adds, “With our strong focus on the sportswear sector, it is important for us to reach the right audiences. Exhibiting at Sportswear Pro will enable us to share our latest products with new and existing customers and sportswear producers, share ideas and connect with other industry specialists.”

Sportswear Pro 2020 Exhibition Manager Michael Ryan comments: “The ‘Pro’ in Sportswear Pro stands for ‘production’. Our mission is to help sportswear manufacturers and apparel brands respond to the fastest moving trends in the market by giving them actionable insights into the technical innovations that are re-shaping every stage in the manufacturing process.”

“Our exhibitors will be showing some inspiring examples of technologies that can enable lean, just-in-time production and personalisation, with an emphasis on reducing time to market, minimising waste and creating stand-out sports and athleisure garments that consumers can’t wait to buy.”

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