Stand space application for ITMA 2023 will open on 3 March. The world’s largest textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA will be held at Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, from 8 to 14 June 2023.
Following its successful showcase in Barcelona in 2019, interest in the upcoming exhibition remains high despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. According to its show owner CEMATEX, and organiser ITMA Services, many enquiries have been received from interested participants since last year.
Charles Beauduin, Chairman of ITMA Services, explained: “The pandemic has changed the world in many unprecedented ways. We are now moving into a new world where the digital space has become more commonplace. At the same time, it has underscored the importance of face-to-face meetings, which all of us will appreciate more than ever once it becomes possible again.
“Many textile technology builders are using these couple of years to consolidate their business, and to advance their research and development efforts to stay competitive. As such, by the time ITMA 2023 is held, they will be ready to showcase their latest innovations in Milan.”
Mr Ernesto Maurer, President of CEMATEX, added: “In the meantime, we are also looking at various ways to help textile and garment industry players maximise their participation at ITMA 2023. Exhibitors will be able to explore additional avenues to promote their latest machinery and solutions through our new digital platform, which will help to connect exhibitors and visitors before their face-to-face meetings at ITMA 2023, and after the exhibition. We have also expanded and refined our product index to reflect opportunities in the marketplace.”
Expanded product index
ITMA 2023 will feature 20 chapters. A new chapter on machinery for textile reinforcement structures for composites, auxiliary machinery and accessories, has been created to address the needs of buyers in this growing sector.
Mr Beauduin explained, “ITMA 2023 features solutions for an entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain. The composite industry is bursting with opportunities. While composite solutions have been showcased at past ITMA editions, we are now making it easier for buyers to source these technologies by clustering them in one sector.”
Among the first to applaud this move is Peter D. Dornier, Chairman of the Board of Management, said: “It’s great to learn that technology for textile composites which have been showcased at ITMA for many years, has now been established as a separate product chapter to give the sector more visibility. At the last exhibition in Barcelona, we successfully launched our P2 rapier weaving machine. The machine was very well received by visitors from various industry sectors, ranging from clothing, home and technical textiles, to composite material manufacturing.”
Other past ITMA exhibitors excited about the new sector include Luke Vardy, Managing Director of Cygnet Texkimp. He enthused, “As a regular ITMA exhibitor and established manufacturer of fibre processing machinery for the technical fibre markets, we feel that the dedicated composites chapter will present us with more focused opportunities to showcase our solutions to the existing wide array of visitors from various industries such as aerospace, automotive, defence and medical.”