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ITMA 2019 gears up for vibrant showcase

Exhibition space was fully booked by the application deadline and the organising team has been busy allocating space to successful applicants.

14th August 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Barcelona


The world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition ITMA 2019 is gearing up for another vibrant showcase of the latest trends, technologies and materials. Exhibition space was fully booked by the application deadline and the organising team has been busy allocating space to successful applicants.

“The response for ITMA 2019 is so overwhelming that we have not been able to meet the demand for space despite adding two more exhibition halls. ITMA is a show for the industry, by the industry. Hence, we are of the opinion that ITMA should feature a wide spectrum of cutting-edge solutions from as many solutions providers as possible, whether established or new-to-market,” commented Fritz P. Mayer, president of CEMATEX.

“As an international platform, our priority is to accommodate as many eligible applicants as possible to participate in the exhibition. It is heartening that the CEMATEX associations are supportive of this approach. Currently, we were only able to accommodate some 1,660 exhibitors from 47 countries on the show floor.  We have to put many applicants on the waiting list,” said Charles Beauduin, chairman of ITMA Services, which organises ITMA 2019.


One of the top sectors in terms of space applied is spinning. An established name in the sector at every ITMA edition is Murata Machinery. It will be highlighting its latest range of spinning machinery. “ITMA has been a very important international exhibition for us, especially as a platform to launch our brand-new machines with unique technologies. A bigger showcase with more exhibitors, including new companies at ITMA, will attract higher interest and appeal to a wider audience. There will also be greater opportunities for collaborations within the industry,” said President and CEO Daisuke Murata.


An exciting sector at ITMA 2019 is printing. Previously part of the finishing sector, printing as a standalone chapter has garnered very strong interest as the industry embraces digital transformation. The number of exhibitors in the printing and inks sector has jumped some 30% from ITMA 2015.

“Digitalisation is having a tremendous impact in the textiles and garment industry, and the true extent of its influence can be seen not only in textile printing companies, but throughout the value chain,” commented Dick Joustra, CEO, SPGPrints Group. “Brand owners and designers are able to use opportunities, like ITMA 2019, to see how the versatility of digital printing can transform their operations. As a total supplier in conventional and digital textile printing, we see ITMA as an important marketplace to show our latest technologies.”

AI and automation

Besides printing, another sector that is undergoing vast transformation and rapid development is the garment making sector. Previously labour-intensive, the garment industry now sees a gamut of solutions utilising artificial intelligence, robotics, vision systems and other advanced automation.

As the textiles and garment industry trends move towards an integrated manufacturing value chain, many new-to-ITMA solutions providers have been attracted to take part in ITMA 2019; some of them have chosen to co-locate their booths with their industry partners to offer integrated solutions to buyers. Among the new applicants are Borsoi, Bullmer, Card Clothing & Services, Han's Yueming Laser, Juki, Serkon Tekstil and SoftWear Automation.

Successful ITMA 2019 applicants will be receiving their certificate of admission and details of their booth space this month. To be held from 20-26 June 2019, the show will now occupy all nine exhibition halls at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue.

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