SPESA and Messe Frankfurt, Inc. Announce Extension of Contract
to Co-Produce Texprocess Americas Through 2032

(L to R) Dennis Smith, President of Messe Frankfurt, Inc.; Michael Jänecke, Director Brand Management of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH; Benton Gardner, President of SPESA; Frank Henderson, President of Henderson Sewing Machine Co. and SPESA Director; Sam Simpson, Senior Advisor of Gerber Technology and SPESA Chairman)

Raleigh, NC and Atlanta, GA – November 9, 2017 – SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) and Messe Frankfurt, Inc. today announced an agreement to extend the contract to co-produce Texprocess Americas. The new agreement extends the agreement through 2032.


Texprocess Americas (formerly SPESA EXPO) is the largest North American trade fair for the equipment and technology for the development, sourcing, and production of sewn products.


The fourth edition of Texprocess Americas will be held May 22 – 24, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia and once again be co-located with Techtextil North America making it the largest technical textile, nonwoven, machinery, sewn products, technology, and equipment trade show in the Americas.


Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America were both named 2016 Trade Show News Networks (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States.


“The announcement today is further evidence of the close relationship between SPESA and Messe Frankfurt which has grown exponentially since the original agreement was signed in 2010,” said Benton Gardner, SPESA President. “This agreement with our long-standing and valued partner Messe Frankfurt will have a positive impact on the industry that both organizations serve. SPESA is pleased and excited to continue this important collaboration.”


“Messe Frankfurt prides itself in focusing on a long-term commitment to the industries it serves. As the largest organizer of textile events globally, extending the ongoing collaboration agreement with SPSEA is special for us and underlines our dedication to the sewn products industry in the Americas,” commented Dennis Smith, President and CEP, Messe Frankfurt, Inc. in North America.




Formed in 1990, SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) is the largest trade association in the Americas solely devoted to the advancement of suppliers of machinery, technology, ancillary equipment, parts, services and other solutions for the development, manufacture, and distribution of sewn products. SPESA members serve the apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear, military, technical/industrial textiles and other sewn products segments. SPESA promotes and coordinates business and social interaction and provides opportunities for the sharing of industry-specific and general business information for its members and their customers. Learn more at www.spesa.org.


About Messe Frankfurt


Messe Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organizer with its own exhibition site. More than 2,300 employees in 30 locations achieve an annual turnover of almost 647 million euros. Thanks to far-reaching networks with industry and international sales network, the corporate group is able to efficiently support the business interests of its customers. A comprehensive service offer, both on site and online, guarantees customers across the world the same high quality and flexibility in the planning, organization and realization of their event. The variety of services it offers range from site rental, trade fair construction and marketing services to personal services and gastronomy. The headquarters of the company are located in Frankfurt am Main. Its shareholders are the City of Frankfurt with 60 per cent and the State of Hesse with 40 per cent. More information: www.messefrankfurt.com.


Messe Frankfurt North America is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Messe Frankfurt North America produces nine shows within the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition to Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, the North American portfolio of events includes Canadian Waste & Recycling, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, International Apparel Sourcing Show and Texworld USA, INA PAACE Automechanika and NACE Automechanika. More information at www.us.messefrankfurt.com.