This year marks a new milestone for the fifth ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 exhibition when it opens with the largest show in the series since its inception. A total of 1,673 exhibitors from 28 countries and economies are showcasing a wide array of machinery and solutions to an expected visitor ship of around 100,000 during the five-day exhibition. The combined exhibition grosses over 170,000 square meters of exhibition space – 12 per cent larger than the last edition. It is the biggest showing since the first edition.
These numbers attest to the combined strength of the ITMA ASIA and CITME brands, making the combined show Asia’s most important textile machinery show in terms of exhibiting space and technology. Another first is the staging of the combined show at a new venue – the National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai. Occupying six halls, the modern exhibition center is easily accessible from the Hongqiao Transportation Hub.
Mr Fritz Mayer, President of CEMATEX, said: “We are delighted with the response to our exhibition. Despite the current sluggish economic climate, there is a great need for an industry-leading platform in Asia where established textile machinery manufacturers can showcase their products and services and connect with their customers.”
Mr Wang Shutian, President of China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), agreed: “The combined show is an excellent platform to reach Asian buyers. The overwhelming response is also partly due to the Chinese government’s call to embrace automation which will help the industry improve the quality of textiles and cost-effectiveness.
“Even though economic conditions may be difficult at the moment, textile makers recognize that it is even more critical for them to invest in better technological solutions and to upgrade their facilities.”
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 attracts major machinery manufacturers from around the world to participate in the biennial showcase.
In terms of exhibit space, China fields the biggest number of participants. The Chinese exhibitors occupy 69.4 per cent of the exhibition space. This is followed by Germany – 6.5 per cent, Italy – 5.5 per cent, Japan – 4.7 per cent and Switzerland – 3.2 per cent.
By product categories, spinning is the largest sector, occupying 30 per cent of the total exhibit space. Dyeing, finishing and printing machinery form the next biggest group at 27 per cent, followed by knitting and weaving at 17 per cent.
Textile Focus News Desk