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ISPO Beijing 2016 expects high levels of international participation

A total of 490 exhibitors have registered, who together represent around 700 different brands.

22nd February 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Beijing

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

ISPO Beijing, Asia's leading multi-segment sport trade fair, will open its doors from 24-27 February 2016, at the China National Convention Center. The event will be running concurrently with Alpitec China.

A total of 490 exhibitors have registered, who together represent around 700 different brands. The event will showcase the latest innovations from the fields of outdoor, action sports, skiing, sports fashion, and fabrics and fibres across an exhibition space of more than 40,000m2.

Complementing these new products and features will be an events programme, selected highlights of which include the ISPO Award, ISPO Textrends, and the Asia Pacific Snow Conference, organisers report.

2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing's successful bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics has given the sports industry a boost, which in turn has also boosted ISPO Beijing pursuits. A large number of major exhibitors are set to make their debut at the event in 2016, including Dynafit, Ice Peak, Kneissl, KOVEA, Mueller Sports, 2XU, Ride, and 361 Degrees.

There are also high levels of international participation at ISPO BEIJING: 50% of the brands at the event will be either European, American, or from the Asia-Pacific region. Major brands, such as AlpinePro, Fjällräven, Odlo, VAUDE, Pacsafe, LOWA, THULE, Black Diamond, and KOLPING will all be represented.

Winter sports

The exhibition will feature twice as much space dedicated to skiing this year, with exhibitors such as HALTI, Nordica, NORTHLAND, Rossignol and Völkl representing this area of sport. This is reflective of the growing interest of the Chinese population in winter sports. At present, seven million Chinese people ski or snowboard, with the number of ski tourists increasing each year.

Given this growing interest, ski resort infrastructure and machinery for piste maintenance are increasingly on the agenda for the up-and-coming Chinese winter sports market. In this spirit, cooperation between ISPO and Alpitec China is more valuable than ever, according to organisers.

Thanks to its collaboration with the Alpitec China international trade fair for mountaineering and winter technologies organized by Messe Bozen, ISPO Beijing is able to present an entire value added chain under one roof, from infrastructure to product.

Events programme

This year's Asia Pacific Snow Conference, taking place on 25 February, will discuss two central themes, with the morning session looking at the Chinese ski industry and opportunities offered by the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the afternoon session tackling problems and prospects for ski resorts.

The new investment opportunities provided by Chinese winter sport will be addressed at this year's ISPO Sports Industry Forum, where participants will get the chance to learn more about this most interesting and promising of sports industry sectors. The forum takes place on 26 February.

At this year's ISPO Textrends platform, designers and product managers will get an insight into the latest textile trends and colours for fall/winter 2017/18. The China Sports Trend Forum, meanwhile, will report news from the world of textile design and manufacturing.

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