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Be sure to attend the textile and clothing conferences (free admission) by Messe Frankfurt France, next 17-20 September!

Monday, September 17, 2018:

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1. From 11:00 to 12:15 pm: "The Chinese Clothing Industry and the Belt and Road Initiative, with key speakers Jean-François Limantour (Evalliance), Anne -Laure Linget (Evalliance), Zhang Tao (China National Textile & Apparel Council and CCPIT).

China's apparel industry is still by far the world's largest producer and exporter of clothing. Is it really in decline? What are its performances, its assets, its competitive strategies? What are the expected impacts from the implementation of the Belt & Road initiative?

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2. From 14: 30 to 15: 30 pm – “Panorama of the global clothing trade” with the participation of Jean-François Limantour (President of Evalliance) and Anne-Laure Linget (Director for  Economic Affairs of Evalliance).

What are the new trends in the world’s apparel trade? Who wins & who loses? What performances and prospects for the main suppliers of the European Union?

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3. From 15: 30 to 16: 00 pm - Sourcing in Vietnam, with Vietnamese professionals as guest speakers.

2nd supplier of the United States, Vietnam is increasingly becoming a major supplier of the European Union in clothing. What are its assets? What to expect with the implementation of a proactive policy for vertical integration, diversification and enhancing of its offerings? What becomes of the free trade agreement concluded in 2016 with Europe?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018:

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1. From 10:00 to 11:45 am "The distribution of the future"

- Round table n ° 1 dedicated to new technologies applied in distribution channels, with the participation of Gilles Muller (Re-Active) as moderator and other distributors as guest speakers

- Round table n ° 2 led by Jean-François Limantour (Evalliance) over the impact of new technologies on distribution (business models, impacts on employment and skills, distribution channels, new consumers ...)

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2. From 11:45 to 12:45 pm: Cambodia, a new dragon in the world clothing trade, with the participation of Roger Zacaropoulos (Evalliance), the Cambodian Minister of Commerce and other Cambodia industrialists.

Cambodia has, for the last 6 years, been experiencing a very strong growth in its clothing exports to the European markets. Its strengths are competitive wages and a zero-duty market access to Europe. What are the prospects for this country which is endeavouring to develop a strategy to enhance its offering?

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3. From 15:00 to 16:00 pm: Bangladesh, a fierce and impressive competitor in textile and clothing, with the participation of Michael Scherpe (Messe Frankfurt France) and several Bangladeshi industrialists.

In a few years only, Bangladesh has become the 2nd largest clothing supplier for the EU. Highly attractive toward international distributors for their sourcing, Bangladeshi wages are among the lowest in the world (monthly minimum: USD 64). The country benefits from a privileged access to European markets under the "Everything But Arms" customs regime. Bangladesh is also trying to enhance and diversify its offering.

For more information about the conferences, please contact: Cassandra Galli  cassandra.galli@france.messefrankfurt.com

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