ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition, Asia’s leading business platform for textile machinery, ended on 23rd November 2023 in Shanghai. The five-day combined exhibition highlighted various technological solutions to help textile manufacturers stay competitive and sustainable. Held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (Shanghai), the exhibition grossed 160,000 square meters and occupied six venue halls. It features exhibits from 18 product sectors of the entire textile manufacturing value chain, ranging from spinning to finishing, recycling, testing, and even packaging. The eighth combined exhibition welcomed a visitorship of 100,000 from 105 countries and regions. Local Chinese visitors from 31 provinces and cities formed the largest group of visitors, followed by India, Taiwan, South Korea, Bangladesh, and Iran.
“We value this vote of confidence and industry partnership. Together with our Chinese partners, we are committed to strengthening the combined exhibition’s reputation as Asia’s largest textile machinery platform in the post-Covid era.”
Ernesto Maurer, President of CEMATEX.
“We are glad to be able to stage another exciting ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition. Over the years, the combined show has developed into a highly influential exhibition for textile makers to explore new trends and technologies to grow their business. This edition is critical as it features the industry’s technological development and progress, spotlighting sustainable and intelligent solutions to help accelerate the advancement of the region’s textile industry.”
Gu Ping, president of the China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA)
At this edition, exhibitors from China rank first in terms of exhibition space, followed by exhibitors from Germany and Japan. Among the well-known manufacturers taking part in the exhibition are CHTC Group, Groz-Beckert, Itema, Muratec, Oerlikon, Picanol, Rieter, Saurer, Savio, Shima Seiki, Stäubli, Texpro, Truetzschler, Uster and Vandewiele.
By product categories, spinning and man-made fiber production form the largest sector, occupying 23 percent of the total exhibit space. Dyeing and finishing machinery developed the next most significant industry at 21 percent, followed by knitting (16 percent), weaving (14 percent), and printing (8 percent). Weaving and knitting technologies have undergone impressive developments, and there is an increase of about 30 percent in the exhibit space for these two sectors compared with the previous edition. The exhibition organizing committee was able to undertake extensive promotions to attract quality trade visitors as borders reopened earlier this year. Collaboration with over 100 supporting media partners was also sought. In addition to local promotions, overseas roadshows were also conducted in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Visitors were drawn to the high-quality showcase as only manufacturers of textile machinery and accessories are qualified to participate in the combined show, and there are live machine demonstrations. As the exhibition places great importance on exhibitors’ intellectual property rights, an onsite Intellectual Property Office has been established. Legal and technical experts are present to supervise and handle any philosophical property-related disputes in a timely manner.
This year’s ITMA ASIA + CITME edition proved to be a success for the exhibiting VDMA member companies. Measured by booked square meters, Germany had the largest contingent among the foreign exhibitors. More than 40 VDMA member companies were exhibiting their innovative products in Shanghai. Most exhibitors demonstrated solutions for more sustainable textile productions, and here, the VDMA members presented their technologies for saving water, energy, and raw materials under the heading “Smart technologies for green textile production.”
The latest survey of VDMA members’ subsidiaries in China gives reason to hope that the economic situation in the Chinese textile industry could also improve significantly in the second half of the year. In addition, European textile machinery manufacturers are urged to be present in the most critical market and at the trade fair and to offer Asian customers the most advanced technology for their demanding challenges.
During ITMA Asia, Saurer presented the Zinser 51-ring spinning machine, which includes both conventional and compact spinning. The machine received high acknowledgment from visiting customers due to its higher speed, energy saving, flexibility, and stability.
Using unique components allows for high-speed operation while reducing energy consumption. This results in increased production and more significant economic benefits for customers. Additionally, Zinser 51 is more sustainable as it has lower labor costs and energy consumption, meets environmental protection requirements, and saves customer costs while enhancing its competitiveness. Moreover, Zinser 51 with Easyspin touchscreen, which allows for easy adjustment of all drafting drive parameters without any additional maintenance, makes the operation more convenient and adaptable to different customers’ needs, improving the machine’s efficiency and product quality. By adopting NF²D middle drive technology, stable yarn quality is ensured. This is particularly important in the textile industry as sound quality is the foundation for winning a market competitive advantage.
The KARL MAYER GROUP supports its customers in times of crisis and upheaval with pioneering solutions for developing their businesses. The global player recently demonstrated these market-effective innovations at a product show during ITMA ASIA from November 19 to 23, 2023, at its site in Changzhou City.
A whole range of brand-new machines made their debut at the industry get-together, including a multifunctional RASCHELTRONIC® with maximum flexibility, a TEXTRONIC® Lace, whose products come closer than ever before to the coveted Leavers Lace standard, and two performance-optimized mid-range representatives from the tricot machine family, which were complemented by established machines with selected performance focus. Furthermore, a double-needle-bar raschel machine for all-around use demonstrated the possibilities for producing a wide range of high-quality jacquard spacer textiles. In addition to the machines, there were innovative digital solutions that, among other things, revolutionized the production management of warp knitting mills and monitored the machine’s energy consumption. Care Solutions offers all-round support at the highest level.
At stand H6A11 at this prestigious textile fair, Jeanologia exhibited revolutionary technologies that, through their integration and connectivity, will contribute to transforming the Chinese textile industry, propelling it into the era of air to promote its efficiency and sustainability. These innovations make it possible to create garments with an authentic vintage look without water consumption, minimizing waste and with zero discharges through digitalization and hyper-automation.
Visitors from outside mainland China accounted for more than 13 percent of the visitors. There were significantly more overseas delegations, including more than a dozen large buyer groups, than in previous editions.
Exhibitors at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2022 were impressed by the turnout. “We can look back on a successful show where we met many of our customers, not only from China but also from Pakistan, India, and Indonesia.”
Georg Stausberg. CEO of the Polymer Processing Solutions Division and Chief Sustainability Officer of the Oerlikon Group.
More than 1,500 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions participated in the exhibition, which grossed over 160,000 square meters. Many local and international brand names staged product launches that were well-received by visitors.
“We enjoyed a tremendous level of high-quality customer traffic at our booth. Our automation technology in warp preparation, the latest generation of shedding solutions for high-speed weaving machines, and carpet weaving systems have found the acclamation of our Chinese and international customers.”
Fritz Legler. Textile Marketing Officer of Stäubli.
Show owners, CEMATEX, together with its Chinese partners – the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), and China International Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC) were elated at the results of the combined exhibition. According to the show owners, the high-quality showcase by two established ITMA and CITME textile machinery exhibition brands have contributed to the success. The extensive outreach programs to more than 300 business associations and industrial clusters, media partnerships, roadshows, and other promotional programs have also yielded positive results.
The next ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition will be held from 14 to 18 October 2024 at the NECC Shanghai. It is organized by Beijing Textile Machinery International Exhibition Co., Ltd. and co-organized by ITMA Services.