by Apparel Resources News-Desk
20-June-2019 | 6 mins read
Finally the show has begun!
The 18th edition of ITMA has taken a flying start today in Barcelona, Spain with the largest number of exhibitors in the show’s history. This year a record number of 1,717 exhibitors have marked their presence from 45 countries.
Speaking at the press conference on the opening day of ITMA, Fritz P. Mayer, President of the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), commented, “Textile being the world’s oldest manufacturing industry has demonstrated its resilience against fluctuating global economy, rising trade tensions and disruption over the years. However, this is also the spirit of our exhibitors who continually innovate and launch new technologies and solutions. We are glad that ITMA has been providing a reputable platform for textile machinery manufacturers to market their innovations. This has enabled us to record the largest number of exhibitors in ITMA’s history.”
The exhibits are showcased over 114,500 square metres of net exhibit space, a 9 per cent increase over the previous edition in 2015. The exhibition occupies all nine halls of the Gran Via venue, including the space under the linkway. To allow more companies to participate, many exhibitors were allocated lesser stand space than what they had originally applied for.
Had ITMA services not turned away number of applicants, the show would have been larger. Stating the same, Charles Beauduin, Chairman of ITMA Services, organiser of ITMA 2019, commented, “Unfortunately, we could not accommodate a wait-list of about 250 applicants who booked some 8,200 square metres.”
Charles further added that ITMA has also evolved into a more international exhibition with a rich diversity of technology offerings from both East and West. It’s worth noting that almost half of the total number of exhibitors are from CEMATEX countries with 65 per cent of exhibition space, while rest hail from regions such as Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. “This augurs well for the development of ITMA into a definitive textile and garment platform for the industry,” averred Charles.
Italy booked 26 per cent of the space, followed by Germany which booked 18 per cent. The top non-CEMATEX countries are as follows: Turkey (9 per cent), China (8 per cent) and India (5 per cent) of the space booked. The largest number of exhibitors present are from Italy (364 exhibitors), China (276 exhibitors), Germany (222 exhibitors), India (169 exhibitors) and Turkey (164 exhibitors).
Product segments to watch out for in ITMA
Visitors can expect to source a wide range of integrated solutions across the entire value chain in 19 exhibit sectors. Printing, which has seen many advances being made in the last few years, is an exciting growth sector. Chalking up a 38 per cent increase in the number of exhibitors compared with the previous exhibition, it is one of the top five sectors at ITMA 2019 with 157 exhibitors. On the other hand, finishing sector has seen the biggest number of participation with 325 exhibitors followed by spinning (281), weaving (182) and knitting (136).
Besides, ITMA has significantly marked the presence of non-wovens and technical textiles sectors due to their wide range of applications, while a number of players are there who are providing garment manufacturing solutions as well.
According to Mayer, “We are extremely pleased to bring garment technology back in focus at ITMA. While ITMA has been traditionally strong in textile making technologies, we are glad that we are able to present garment making solutions from some of the world’s most renowned technology providers. There is an increase of 27 per cent in number of exhibitors as compared with ITMA 2015.”
Completing the entire value chain is the showcase on fibres, yarn and fabrics. The addition of innovative fabrics in the fibre and yarn chapter at ITMA further completes the sourcing experience for buyers.
Innovation is the ‘Top Priority’
The theme of ITMA 2019 is ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’. To support the innovation drive, CEMATEX has introduced the ITMA Innovation Lab. A new umbrella branding of a series of activities, the Lab includes the Research and Innovation Pavilion, ITMA Speakers Platform, ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award and Innovation Video Showcase. Speakers from the industry have been invited to share their perspectives and experiences at the Speakers Platform, which will be held from 21 to 25 June. A finance forum will also be held on 21 June.
To encourage the exchange of knowledge, collaboration and networking, several events are staged alongside ITMA 2019.
The ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum and Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum have met with overwhelming response and seats have been added. Similar strong response has also been received by partner events, including the Better Cotton Initiative Seminar, European Digital Textile Conference, Tex-Summit Global, Planet Textiles, SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum and Texmeeting by TEXFOR.
“The series of co-located events is part of ITMA’s outreach programme to engage industry partners and to create an inclusive platform for the global textile and garment community. We have over 190 international, regional and local organisations lending their support to our exhibition,” Mayer informed.
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