A more international ITMA 2019 sets new
record with biggest number of exhibitors
Since its launch in 1951, ITMA has
enjoyed wide industry recognition as the world’s largest textile
and garment technology exhibition. This year’s exhibition in
Barcelona sees its reputation solidify further with the largest
gathering of exhibitors in its history. The record number of
exhibitors totaling 1,717 from 45 countries has set a new
Speaking at the press conference on the
opening day of the 18th edition of the exhibition, Mr Fritz P.
Mayer, President of the European Committee of Textile Machinery
Manufacturers (CEMATEX), said: “The global economy is still
facing challenges, accentuated by trade tensions and disruption.
However, textile being the world’s oldest manufacturing industry
has demonstrated its resilience over the years.”
He added: “This is also the spirit of our
exhibitors who continually innovate and launch new technologies
and solutions. We are glad that ITMA has been providing a
reputable platform for textile machinery manufacturers to market
their innovations. This has enabled us to record the largest
number of exhibitors in ITMA’s history.”
The exhibits are showcased over 114,500
square metres of net exhibit space, a 9 per cent increase over
the previous edition in 2015. The exhibition occupied all nine
halls of the Gran Via venue, including the space under the
Mr Charles Beauduin, Chairman of ITMA
Services, organiser of ITMA 2019 enthused: “The exhibition would
have been larger if we had not turned away applicants due to a
lack of space. Unfortunately, we could not accommodate a
wait-list of about 250 applicants who booked some 8,200 square
He added: “ITMA has also evolved into a
more international exhibition with a rich diversity of
technology offerings from both East and West. Almost half of the
total number of exhibitors are from non CEMATEX countries. This
augurs well for the development of ITMA into a definitive
textile and garment platform for the industry.”
Of the total number of exhibitors, over
half are from CEMATEX countries; the balance comprising
companies from other parts of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and
Reflecting the international composition
of the participants, the largest number of exhibitors are from
Italy (364 exhibitors), China (276 exhibitors), Germany (222
exhibitors), India (169 exhibitors) and Turkey (164 exhibitors).
CEMATEX countries continue to occupy the
largest exhibit space, taking up 65% of the total net exhibit
space. Italy booked 26% of the space, followed by Germany which
booked 18%. The top non-CEMATEX countries are Turkey with 9%,
China with 8%, and India with 5% of the space booked.
Visitors saw a wide range of integrated
solutions across the entire value chain in 19 exhibit sectors.
Printing, which has seen many advances being made in the last
few years, is an exciting growth sector. Chalking up a 38 per
cent increase in the number of exhibitors compared with the
previous exhibition, it is one of the top five sectors at ITMA
- Finishing - 325 exhibitors.
- Spinning - 281 exhibitors.
- Weaving - 182 exhibitors.
- Printing - 157 exhibitors.
- Knitting - 136 exhibitors.
Nonwovens and technical textiles sectors
due to their wide range of applications continue to be an
important sector at ITMA 2019. Garment making, which has been
impacted by digitalisation and fast fashion, is also making a
bigger impact at ITMA.
Mr Mayer said, “We are extremely pleased
to bring garment technology back in focus at ITMA. While ITMA
has been traditionally strong in textile making technologies, we
are glad that we are able to present garment making solutions
from some of the world’s most renowned technology providers.
There is an increase of 27 percent in number of exhibitors as
compared with ITMA 2015."
Completing the entire value chain is the
showcase on fibres, yarn and fabrics. The addition of innovative
fabrics in the fibre and yarn chapter at ITMA further completes
the sourcing experience for buyers.
The theme of ITMA 2019 is ‘Innovating the
World of Textiles’. To support the innovation drive, CEMATEX has
introduced the ITMA Innovation Lab. A new umbrella branding of
a series of activities, the Lab includes the Research and
Innovation Pavilion, ITMA Speakers Platform, ITMA Sustainable
Innovation Award and Innovation Video Showcase. Speakers from
the industry have been invited to share their perspectives and
experiences at the Speakers Platform which will be held from 21
to 25 June. A finance forum will also be held on 21 June.
and industry engagement
To encourage the exchange of knowledge,
collaboration and networking, several events were also staged
alongside ITMA 2019.
The ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum and Textile
Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum met with overwhelming
response. Similar strong response has also been received by
partner events, including the Better Cotton Initiative Seminar,
European Digital Textile Conference, Tex-Summit Global, Planet
Textiles, SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum and Texmeeting by TEXFOR.
“The series of co-located events is part
of ITMA’s outreach programme to engage industry partners and to
create an inclusive platform for the global textile and garment
community. We have over 190 international, regional and local
organisations lending their support to our exhibition,” Mr Mayer
Italy to host
ITMA will return to Milan, Italy, for its
19th edition. ITMA 2023 will be held at the Fiera Milano Rho
exhibition centre from 8 to 14 June 2023.
Mr Fritz P Mayer, President of CEMATEX,
explained: “We received very positive feedback from ITMA 2015
exhibitors and visitors. Milan has excellent infrastructure for
holding large-scale exhibitions like ITMA, which grosses over
200,000 square metres and attracts a global audience. It offers
an extensive range of hospitality services and air connections
to all parts of the world. Italy also has a large textile
machinery and textile making industry.”
Alessandro Zucchi, President of ACIMIT,
the association of Italian textile machinery manufacturers,
said: “We are very pleased that Milan has been selected to host
ITMA 2023. We will work hard with all parties, including
government agencies and local partners to ensure another