The first-ever Sportswear Pro event has announced their growing line-up of participating exhibitors and official support from AFYDAD, the Spanish Sports Association.
Companies showcasing their latest innovations in manufacturing technology at the event include FK Group Spa, Tajima DST, Perma Press AB, Caron Technology and Gemini CAD. Innovations include fabric cutting equipment, heat transfer systems and automatic spreaders and loading systems.
Exhibition Manager for Sportswear Pro 2020, Michael Ryan, said: “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.”
The event will include a dedicated area with a ‘Triathcon’ Programme featuring streams of content developed to address the key trends that are shaping the sportswear and athleisure sectors, including sustainability, smart wearables, customisation and on-demand production. All sessions will be free to attend, and the full agenda will be published early in 2020.
Visitors will also be able 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 athleisure and sports garments, and will feature two distinct workflows. The first will allow visitors to order sportswear items from an on—site kiosk and will represent a customised garment ordering scenario. The second begins with design software, progressing to nesting and production layout. Polyester garments will then be printed before calendaring, laser cutting and sewing. The samples produced by the process will be displayed and modelled on the Print Make Wear catwalk. Visitors will be able to pre-book guided tours of both workflows.
FESPA Global Print Expo will feature multiple 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.
AFYDAD is a national trade association and an active member of the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI). AFYDAD is a non-profit organisation representing all sports sub-sectors, like manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors dedicated to sports equipment and apparel.
As a partner of Sportswear Pro 2020, AFYDAD will promote Sportswear Pro to its members as well as taking part in the Triathcon programme of seminars, and aim to provide key insights into the current state of the sports market in the Iberian region.
General Secretary of AFYDAD, Marta Mercader, said: “We are proud to be collaborating with Sportswear Pro and, of course, we wanted to support an international event that held its first edition in our country. Many of our association members use textile printing technology and so Sportswear Pro is a good opportunity for them to see the latest technologies and sector trends. In addition, Sportswear Pro will have conferences dedicated to sustainability and digitisation which are two key focus areas for AFYDAD. The agreement will allow our members free entrance and a guided tour, among other benefits.”