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GLM Announces Launch of SURTEX® ASIA

Posted on 12/18/2012 by Melissa Gray

NEW YORK, NY, December 18, 2012…GLM today announced plans to launch SURTEX® Asia, a new trade fair that will meet the growing demand in Asia for unique and proprietary surface design for product development. Taking place August 25-27, 2013 at the Kerry Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai, SURTEX Asia will feature more than 50 top textile design studios from Great Britain, Europe, North America, South America and Japan, and will attract more than 1,500 manufacturers from China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

“Bringing the successful SURTEX brand to Asia is a natural extension of this highly-regarded show,” said Penny Sikalis, Vice President and SURTEX Show Manager. “This fair will address the original surface design needs of the Asian manufacturing community through an unparalleled selection of studios with trend-forward prints and patterns ideal for their next best-selling products, as well as education and networking features.”  

SURTEX Asia will draw manufacturers from a broad range of markets including decorative fabrics, home textiles, wall coverings, curtains, upholstery fabrics, floor coverings, contract textiles, apparel textiles, and related home products. Off the show floor, a conference program interpreted for the Asian community will introduce manufacturers to the latest surface design trends including color, style and pattern, through the eyes of the world’s foremost trend experts.
“SURTEX Asia offers a new opportunity for the world of surface design, and we’re pleased to provide a platform for the expansion of this thriving industry,” said Charles McCurdy, GLM’s President and CEO.  “Strategically positioned near the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, home of Intertextile Shanghai, this is the ideal timing and location to connect thousands of Asian textile manufacturers with the world’s most influential surface designers. We are launching SURTEX Asia as part of GLM’s strategy of supporting our markets wherever and whenever it’s most beneficial and effective.”

A complete exhibitor package has been established based on needs identified for effectively conducting business in Asia. It includes a turnkey booth package from booth structure to furnishings, a relaxed and private atmosphere with vetted visitors, currency exchange, interpreters, and discounted hotel and travel.

The SURTEX Asia launch plan includes a bilingual, comprehensive website, early visitor registration for qualified manufacturing executives, and a host of international amenities at the 5-star Kerry Hotel.  

Now in its 27th year, SURTEX is the global B2B marketplace for selling and licensing original art and design for product development needs. Taking place annually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, SURTEX connects more than 1,000 trend-setting designers, artists, agents and licensors with over 7,000 manufacturers and retailers seeking surface designs for their next best-selling products within the categories of textiles, floor coverings, wall coverings, decorative accessories, stationery, paper, giftware, housewares, tabletop and more. For additional information about SURTEX, please contact Penny Sikalis at +1 914 421 3297,, or visit

GLM creates face-to-face and online buying, selling and networking platforms for designers, product developers, manufacturers, reps, retailers and operators through tradeshow and event production, online community development and association management. GLM tradeshows include the International Contemporary Furniture Fair®, National Stationery Show®, New York International Gift Fair® and Surf Expo®. The company was founded in 1924, and acquired by Providence Equity Partners in 2011. Additional information is available online at  

For SURTEX Asia exhibitor information, contact John Erich at +1 914 421 3286 or email For attendee information, email GLM Customer Relations at In Asia, contact Jeff Sprafkin at +86 21 63281922 or email Additional information is available online at