49 per cent fall in visitation is huge!
That’s what 6 trade shows for textile and apparel industry, Texworld Paris, Texworld Denim, Apparel Sourcing Paris, Shawls & Scarves Paris, Avantex Paris and Leatherworld Paris witnessed last month.
As per the official report released by organiser of the shows, Messe Frankfurt France, these events witnessed 7,109 visitors. This downfall is explained by the obvious disruption of the market.
The events took place from 10 to 13 February 2020.
However, it is also claimed that the global make-up of visitors (broken down by country and by role) continued to be relatively stable.
Michael Scherpe, President, Messe Frankfurt France, commented, “The shows were held this year under very particular circumstances. Health checks conducted by the Chinese authorities prevented a large number of exhibitors from coming to France. Despite that, our main Chinese partners have signalled their readiness to renew their confidence in us by confirming that they will certainly be back in September.”
He added “As always, the players in this dynamic market will demonstrate their resilience and professionalism. Even if buyers decide to put alternative sourcing routes in place on a temporary basis in order to guarantee supplies, they will want to resume their usual routes quickly. For this reason, one can already imagine that the September session will be very good for business.”
The report also says that countries such as Turkey, Korea – which was very impressive this year – Pakistan or Bangladesh appear to have benefited from this exceptional situation. Leatherworld Paris offered an overview of the skills and expertise from India.
Apparel Sourcing Paris and Shawls & Scarves Paris, was also an occasion to discover products from the countries that were especially showcased this year, such as Mongolia for example, which presented very high-quality items made of yak or young camel wool. These raw materials should be kept in mind as a credible alternative to cashmere on account of their economic benefit, their sustainable quality and aesthetic potential.