Meet the Team: Kia Ford

Year Started: 2016

Department: International Sales
Position: International Sales Associate

Describe yourself in 3 words.

  • Silly (a “good” silly of course)
  • Creative
  • Positive

Tell us about your typical day at Messe Frankfurt?
A typical day on the job for me begins when I make my signature cup of coffee. I will then check my email and follow up with inquiries pertaining to my shows from exhibitors and exhibitor prospects, the office team, as well as from Frankfurt. I do some data entry and update my files. Normally, after this, I consider what show(s) need to be touched on that particular day after I Continue reading Meet the Team: Kia Ford

Home Textiles Sourcing Expo showcases over 120 international exhibitors during July 2016 edition

Products showcased across 6 categories: upholstery, bed, bathroom, table, window and floor

Show highlights include home trend and sustainability-focused seminars organizing by Lenzing Innovation

Returning to the New York City for its 7th edition, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo welcomed exhibitors and buyers to the show floor beginning Tuesday, July 12th at 10AM and continued through Thursday, July 14th. As a long-term joint venture partnership between Messe Frankfurt and CCPIT-Tex and as one of the largest events in North America to focus solely on textiles and finished soft goods for all home applications, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo has become a go-to event for manufacturers, retailers, jobbers, converters, contract specifiers and designers. This July’s edition once again showcased products in six categories, including upholstery, bed, bathroom, table, window, and floor.



The summer 2016 edition of Home Textiles Sourcing Expo boasted over 126 exhibitors representing 8 countries, including: Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, China, India, USA and Vietnam. The Turkey and Pakistan pavilions both returned to the show floor with over 200 square meters of premium home goods. High-quality cotton, premium bedding and luxury bath textiles were also to be Continue reading Home Textiles Sourcing Expo showcases over 120 international exhibitors during July 2016 edition

Summer 2016 editions of Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing USA maintain strong visitor attendance

On Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, the Summer 2016 edition of Texworld USA opened its doors and show floor for business to exhibitors and visitors alike. Continuing through Thursday, July 14th and once again taking place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the historic 21st edition of Texworld USA presented an assortment of international suppliers from around the globe who showcased textiles, trims, and accessories in 16 product categories. In addition to celebrating 10 years of success in New York City, the anniversary edition of Texworld USA was also a celebration of 10 years of partnership with Lenzing Innovation.


The summer 2016 edition of Texworld USA boasted over 485 exhibitors representing 15 countries, including  Continue reading Summer 2016 editions of Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing USA maintain strong visitor attendance

5 Reasons to Download the Texworld US and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo App

Whether you’re at Texworld USA, Apparelsourcing USA or Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, there is no reason to not download the mobile app. It has just about everything related to the shows, and we really mean everything. From the floorplan down to exhibitor booth staff contact information, the apps has you covered. It’s a great way to maximize your attendance and network while at some of the biggest sourcing shows in the US.

Here are 5 reasons why you should download (and engage with) the app:

1. You can win a prize just by using it.
Both apps have a Leaderboard Challenge wherein users earn points by doing different things in the app like adding a profile picture, posting status updates, posting pictures, checking-in places, liking posts, and more. On the show’s last day, the Top 3 engaged users on each app will win the following Visa Gift Cards: Continue reading 5 Reasons to Download the Texworld US and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo App

Take A Break – Things To Do In NYC While Visiting Texworld USA

We’re exactly seven days away from Texworld USA & Apparelsourcing USA Summer 2016 show! Whether you’re a first-timer or a returnee, we know how hectic and packed those three days could be, and if you don’t plan ahead, you might be wasting your precious time Googling “where to eat” or “what to do” in NYC. While you might have already done most things from the Top 10 Things to do in NYC by TripAdvisor, we’ve put together a list of some suggestions for you to check out in between the seminars, or free time you have during your stay in the city.


There are thousands of restaurants to choose from, but we know you would rather stay around the area while attending the show. Here are some suggestions:

North River Lobster Co


Pier 81 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
11:30am – 11:00pm
Distance from Javits Center: 1.3mi
11-minute drive
30-minute walk

North River Lobster_Katie G.
Photo Source: Katie G

Try something different and sail away after a long tiring day of walking, networking and learning. Get on board with North River Lobser Co for fresh seafood, mason jar cocktails, buckets of beer and a raw bar while enjoying the beautiful views of Hudson River. It’s free to Continue reading Take A Break – Things To Do In NYC While Visiting Texworld USA

Messe Frankfurt: A timeline of its rich history

Being around for 775 years, Messe Frankfurt has proven a lot with its international success and growing portfolio with 132 (and counting) trade fairs at over 40 locations in five continents, 29 subsidiaries and about 2,300 employees. But how exactly did we get to this point? Where did all begin? Let’s take a look back on some of the important years in Messe Frankfurt’s history.

1150 – The first documented Frankfurt trade fair occurred

1240 – The first highly official Frankfurt Autumn Trade Fair was approved and sealed in a letter by the Emperor Frederick II on July 11.

1330 – The Frankfurt Spring Fair received its privilege from Emperor Louis IV on
April 25. Afterwards, trade fairs were held twice a year – spring and autumn.

1851 and 1855 – The first World Exhibitions in London and Paris heralded the start of the new type of industrial technology exhibition respectively.

1907 – Construction of the Festhalle marked the creation of one of Europe’s largest exhibition halls. It is the cornerstone of Ausstellungs- und Messegesellschaft mbH, the company founded in that is now known as Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

1919 – Import Fair opened on October 1, after World War I was over. With more than 3,000 exhibitors over a total exhibition area of 16,500 square meters, the event was also a commercial success.

1920 – The “Frankfurt principle” saw its first Continue reading Messe Frankfurt: A timeline of its rich history

A LOOK BACK: Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing USA Winter 2016

Despite going up against the second largest blizzard in New York City history, attendees and exhibitors alike braved the weather and converged on the show floor for three days of networking, business development and industry education during Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing Winter 2016 back in January this year.


Texworld USA saw the highest number of exhibitors in the history of the show’s winter edition with a total of 215 suppliers, all of which specialize in apparel fabrics, fibers, accessories and trims.


Apparelsourcing USA, the long-term joint venture partnership between Messe Frankfurt and CCPIT-Tex, presented 108 suppliers and international apparel manufacturers specializing in finished apparel, contract manufacturing and private label services.


Across both shows, a record-breaking 323 exhibitors represented 16 countries, including: USA, China, Peru, Portugal, United Kingdom, Colombia, Pakistan, Korea, Japan and India.


Texworld USA and ApparelSourcing ultimately welcomed a total of 4,008 verified visitors across the three days, representing over 39 countries.


Texworld USA Winter 2016 also featured the debut of the annual Texworld Cutting Edge Awards. Recognizing the most forward-thinking products each season, Continue reading A LOOK BACK: Texworld USA and Apparelsourcing USA Winter 2016

5 Benefits of Attending Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas

Over three days, you will find hundreds of exhibitors waiting to network with you. This is your chance to get one step ahead of your competitors by discovering new ideas, innovations and research.

1) Discover new innovations, technologies and developments
The co-location of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas provides access from technical textiles, nonwovens to manufacturers and distributors of machinery, equipment, parts, supplies, systems, technology, supply chain solutions and other products and services used for the development of sewn products. Continue reading 5 Benefits of Attending Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas

Ways We Give Back

By Valerie Pound

As an Executive Assistant for two Presidents, my plate stays pretty full. I definitely get to wear multiple hats, like today when I had the opportunity to play an elf and select a family to help for Christmas. I was very excited to speak on air about the family, our company, employees and our decision to give back to the communities that we serve.
Click here to listen.

This year wasn’t the first time we, as a company, have participated in giving back. Last year we were able to bless a family of three with all of their Christmas wishes. So it is with a joyful heart this year, we celebrate a growth within our own corporate family and the ability to give back on a greater level. We selected a family of five for this Christmas. When I spoke with the mother, she could not believe her family was selected and started crying with the hope that her kids would have a Christmas after all!

We bless others in all different ways. From a smile and a kind word to donating not only our money but our time. Several of Continue reading Ways We Give Back

5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Trade Show Visit

You’ve marked the date(s) on your calendar, pre-registered to attend, and booked your flight and hotel. You might be thinking, “I’m ready to go!” Not so fast. After investing your time and hard-earned money, don’t you want to be sure that you’re getting the most out of the trip? Of course you do. Lucky you, we’ve put together 5 handy tips to make sure you’re doing just that.

Follow the below 5 tips to ensure that you get the most out of your next trade show visit:

Get The Most Bang For Your Buck

Let’s face it: visiting a trade show can often be a pricey endeavor. Between the flights, hotels and registration fees, the expenses can add up quickly. However, a trade show can also be one of the best investments you can make for your business – there’s nothing quite like getting some face time with old and new business contacts and vendors alike. To get the most bang-for-your-buck, do a little research and find out if any other industry trade shows are taking place at the same time in the city (or even venue!) you’re visiting. Why not take advantage of other opportunities to connect with contacts in your industry while you’re already in town?

Pre-Planning Is Key

Do not give in to the urge of waiting until you arrive at your hotel, or even the show floor, to plan how you will spend your valuable time. A few weeks prior, take a look at the show’s website and take note of the show’s official hours, special events and seminar schedules. Then, start divvying up your time according to a simple formula: 30% for walking the show floor, 20% for education and planned special events and 10% for unexpected networking opportunities.

Also, don’t forget to Continue reading 5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Trade Show Visit