Global Sources (NASDAQ:GSOL) is expanding its China Sourcing Fairs in 2010 with the launch of Garments & Textiles. The show is scheduled to be held in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Johannesburg, South Africa in October, November, and December, respectively.

As perhaps one of the most dynamic launches ever for a new show, suppliers from Greater China will be meeting face-to-face with leading buyers in 3 major trading and sourcing hubs. The Hong Kong event will attract a global audience of importers. Singapore is the key trading center for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China’s fourth-largest export market, while Johannesburg is the primary gateway for China’s fast-growing trade with Africa.

The Fairs aim to showcase finished products ranging from ready-to-wear garments such as casual, bridal, active, beach, lounge, and underwear, to fabrics, fibers, yarns, trimming materials and accessories.

“These new shows build upon and complement our existing Garments & Textiles online marketplace, print and digital magazines, and Private Sourcing Events,” said Tommy Wong, President of Global Sources Exhibitions. “China’s textile and garment exports reached $15.5 billion in January 2010 alone, and as the global economic recovery takes hold, overseas demand for garments and textiles is expected to increase.”

China Sourcing Fair: Garments & Textiles is scheduled for:
  • Hong Kong: Oct. 27-30, and thereafter every April and October at the AsiaWorld-Expo. (The event is to be co-located with China Sourcing Fairs: Fashion Accessories and Underwear & Swimwear.)
  • Singapore: Nov. 22-24, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
  • South Africa: Dec. 1-3, Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

Chairman and CEO Merle A. Hinrichs said: “The aggressive expansion of our China Sourcing Fairs into new categories and new locations is a three-pronged strategy. First and foremost, because import buyers do not place large volume orders through online marketplaces, virtually all suppliers want the face-to-face opportunities at our shows -- where they can negotiate with buyers and win orders. Second, the shows heavily leverage the buyer community and the promotional support of our other media. Lastly, with various initiatives underway to further integrate all of our media, the expanded show schedule will provide tremendous additional exposure and sales leads for the advertisers using our online and print media.”

More information about the China Sourcing Fairs is available at: http://www.chinasourcingfair.com.

About Global Sources

Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China. The core business uses English-language media to facilitate trade from Greater China to the world. The other business segment utilizes Chinese-language media to enable companies to sell to, and within Greater China.

The company provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. It helps a community of over 888,000 active buyers source more profitably from complex overseas supply markets. With the goal of providing the most effective ways possible to advertise, market and sell, Global Sources enables suppliers to sell to hard-to-reach buyers in more than 240 countries.

Global Sources offers the most extensive range of media and export marketing services in the industries it serves. The company delivers information on nearly 4.5 million products and more than 253,000 suppliers annually through 14 online marketplaces, 13 monthly magazines, over 80 sourcing research reports, and 17 specialized trade shows that run 55 times a year across 10 cities.

Suppliers receive more than 136 million sales leads annually from buyers through Global Sources Online ( http://www.globalsources.com) alone.

Global Sources has been facilitating global trade for 39 years. The company’s network covers more than 60 cities worldwide. In mainland China, Global Sources has about 2,500 team members in more than 40 locations, and a community of over 1 million registered online users and magazine readers for its Chinese-language media.

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