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Evteks opens show to all

Evteks, the world's second largest international home textiles show, is about to get bigger — and, for the first time, has opened exhibit space to non-Turkish manufacturers.

"We had some 200 companies on our waiting list, and it was enough to justify the construction of two new halls for CNR Expo Center," said Ali Bulut, managing director. "Evteks has been growing steadily since its first edition. It is quite parallel to the growth of the home textiles industry."

The 2004 show, scheduled to take place May 19 to 23, will feature 250 new exhibitors in 118,400 square feet of newly constructed space. In addition to Turkish textiles manufacturers, this year's event will include approximately 80 exhibitors from 15 countries, or 10 percent of the total exhibitors. Primary product categories will consist of curtains, tulles, drapery, bedding, bath, furnishings fabrics, upholstery, carpets, rugs and accessories.

"We also will have more design studios from different countries to enhance the quality and deliver added value to the industry," Bulut said.

New exhibitors will hail from China, India, Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Japan.

The 2003 show drew 92,000 visitors from 82 countries. Nearly 13,000 were foreign visitors.

"Global competition is turning out of be the lifestyle of our industry," he said. "We do not have any red-line list of countries who are not allowed to exhibit in Evteks. However, there are priorities that favor quality products, fair competition and copyright protection."

To help support Turkish home textiles producers, CNR this year will also host two mini-trade fairs in New York during the March and October home textiles markets.

"We hope to come in touch with some key U.S. buyers — wholesalers and retailers — during these events and attract them to Istanbul."

The first Turkish Hometex show will take place March 28 and 29 at the Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W. 18th St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will feature more than 60 suppliers in several product categories, including window fabrics and finished soft window treatments, furnishing fabrics, bedding, pillows, blankets, kitchen textiles, towels, bathrobes, floor coverings, wall coverings, yarns, fibers, trimmings, Venetian blinds and sun protection systems.

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