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ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 sells over 90% of exhibition space

The 2016 combined exhibition is expected to feature over 1,500 domestic and international textile machinery manufacturers from over 26 economies.

31st March 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Shanghai

Industrial, Construction

The leading textile machinery exhibition ITMA ASIA + CITME, which will be held from 21-25 October in Shanghai, China, has sold out 90% of the 180,000 m2 exhibition space.

The 2016 combined exhibition is expected to feature over 1,500 domestic and international textile machinery manufacturers from over 26 economies who will showcase advanced solutions and energy efficient machinery and processes, organisers report.

High level of interest

Chinese exhibitors make up the biggest country group, booking over 65% of the total exhibition space. The other top participating economies are Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Taiwan.

The enthusiastic response for the fifth combined exhibition proves that the Chinese marketplace, with its vast hinterland, still presents great business opportunities, according to organisers. Mr Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, said: “The high level of interest from exhibitors has reaffirmed ITMA ASIA + CITME as the leading marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers seeking to tap the China market.”

“We are pleased to provide them with a recognised platform for their strategic promotion and will ensure that the combined show continues to be a relevant and effective platform for sellers and buyers to transact business and to take advantage of the vast potential that China offers.”

Exhibition sectors

Exhibits at the combined exhibition are organised into sectors based on manufacturing processes, and spinning machinery forms the largest sector.

This is followed by finishing, knitting and weaving. In addition, the nonwovens sector has seen a 20% increase from the last combined show in 2014.

Demand on the rise

China continues to expand the infrastructure construction sector, accelerate urbanisation and increase awareness of the environmental protection under the government’s 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020). It is expected that demand for technical textiles and nonwovens products will rise in the coming years.

“As China’s textile industry continues its transformation, the demand for advanced machinery and technology is on the rise,” said Mr Gu Ping, Vice President of China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA).

“For textile manufacturers to keep ahead of the industry, they need to readjust their strategy to enhance overall production efficiency. They should adopt a longer-term outlook to focus on the quality of their products which will ultimately contribute to their company’s bottom line. This will lead to a demand for new machinery and technology to modernise and upgrade their existing textile equipment.”

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