ITMA 2019, Barcelona

ITMA 2019: Innovating the world

The global textile machinery exhibition ITMA has been the leading trade fair of the industry over the past 70 years. Exhibitors from 46 countries take the opportunity to present the latest trends and technologies over an exhibiting area of 220,000 sq. metres. The stakeholders in the textile industry can get in-depth and comprehensive information by visiting the fair. This year visitors and exhibitors meet for the eighteenth time on the ITMA for 7 days from 20th June to 26th June 2019 in Barcelona. In this trade fair, about 1600 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors are expected  from 147 countries will be in attendance.   

Among the exhibitors, the presence of Italian exhibitors at ITMA Barcelona is remarkable, representing the first country in terms of exhibitors’ number and occupied surface. The Italian exhibitors amount to around 363 companies, with an occupied exhibition area of 30,000 square metres.

Until now, out of a total of over 1,600 companies, more than 235 exhibitors from Germany and Austria have submitted their application for admission for the leading innovation trade fair of the textile machinery industry. At the same time, the German companies have increased their stand space by an average of more than 10%, compared to ITMA 2015.

277 Chinese companies are also exhibiting in the event followed by 168 Indian, 164 Turkish, 89 Spanish , 64 Swiss companies. 44 companies from the United Kingdom, 43 companies from USA, 38 companies from Taiwan, 34 French companies, 26 from Belgium, 25 from Japan, 25 from Korea, 10 from Sweden, and other EU companies are also showcasing their latest innovations in the event.

The event covers 19 sectors that encompass all the integrated solutions for the entire value chain. From spinning to weaving, knitting, sewing, dying, printing, finishing.

There are also strategic first class networking opportunities for textile and garment manufacturers to integrate seamlessly various intelligent products and processes to stay ahead of the competition.

ITMA 2019 Speakers Platform

Technological innovation, a basis of industry transformation, is pivotal to the sustainability of the textile and garment industry. This has created a new era of intelligent and flexible manufacturing, and leading-edge innovations in many industries, including the textile sector.

Catering to the needs of innovative textile industry an exciting and diverse panel of industry experts has been invited to share future trends, rare global insights and strategic solutions at the ITMA Speakers Platform. This is the first time that experts from non-exhibiting commercial organisations have been invited to participate.

The Speakers Platform is part of the ITMA Innovation Lab, a special feature launched to promote innovation excellence in the textile and garment industry. At a time when the industry is facing massive disruption, intense competition and global challenges, the owner of ITMA, CEMATEX - the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, strives to add greater value to participants’ experience at ITMA 2019.

By having industry experts who are not ITMA exhibitors present at the event, CEMATEX hopes to encourage cross-pollination of ideas and spotlight the bestsolutions. The invited industry speakers will join the ITMA 2019 exhibitors selected to make their presentations based on these themes:

  • Innovative Raw Materials & Manufacturing Technology
  • Strategic Business Innovation through Automation & Digitalisation
  • Technical Textiles Innovations and Manufacturing Technology
  • Sustainable Textile & Garment Manufacturing in the Circular Economy

ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award

CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has unveiled the finalists of the second ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. The award comprises two categories: ITMA Industry Excellence Award which celebrates the collaboration of ITMA exhibitors and their customers, and the ITMA Research & Innovation (R&I) Excellence Award for Master’s students of R&I Pavilion exhibiting institutions.

In the internal research and innovation pavilion universities as well as other educational institutions offer training opportunities and introduce the latest research and development results of the industry. In addition, prizes for particularly sustainable performances will be awarded at the event. Some of them are also awarded to students.


The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) comprises national textile machinery associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It is the owner of ITMA and ITMA ASIA. Considered the ‘Olympics’ of textile machinery exhibitions, ITMA has a 68-year history of displaying the latest technology for every single work process of textile and garment making. It is held every four years in Europe.

About ITMA Services

Headquartered in Brussels with a subsidiary in Singapore, ITMA Services is the appointed organizer of ITMA 2019 and future ITMA branded exhibitions. It is managed by professionals with extensive experience in organizing ITMA and other major trade exhibitions around the world. It aims to maintain and expand ITMA’s unique selling proposition and relevance to a global audience.


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