ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 as unrivalled business platform in China for the textile machinery industry

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 as unrivalled business platform in China for the textile machinery industry

This year marks a new milestone for the fifth ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 exhibition when it opens today with the largest show in the series since its inception.

A total of 1673 exhibitors from 28 countries and economies are showcasing a wide array of machinery and solutions to an expected number of  visitors of around 100,000 during the five-day exhibition.

The combined exhibition grosses over 170000 square metres of exhibition space – 12 % 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 premiere is the staging of the combined show at a new venue – the National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai. Occupying six halls, the modern exhibition centre is easily accessible from the Hongqiao Transportation Hub.

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 recognise that it is even more critical for them to invest in better technological solutions and to upgrade their facilities.”

Fritz Mayer, the newly elected President of CEMATEX and successor of Charles Beauduin (Van de Wiele), his term expired after four years, 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.” The new CEMATEX (owner of the ITMA brand) President is a German national, he joined Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik in 1975 after graduating from the University of Darmstadt with a degree in industrial engineering. In 1981 he was appointed Managing Director of the company and became a Member of the Management Board of Karl Mayer Group, taking over the position of CEO of Karl Mayer Group in 2007. In 2013 he retired from the operational management of the Group, but still represents the Mayer family on its Supervisory Board.Mayer has also been President of the German Textile Machinery Association, VDMA, since January 2016. Mayer is married with 3 children. Mayer said, “I am delighted to take over the Presidency of CEMATEX. For over 65 years the ITMA shows have provided excellent opportunities for textile machinery manufacturers to highlight their innovations, and I look forward to developing the ITMA and ITMA ASIA brands to ensure that they retain their position as the world’s leading exhibitions for innovation-driven textile manufacturers.”

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 recognise 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 % of the exhibition space. This is followed by Germany with 6.5 %, Italy 5.5 %, Japan 4.7
%  and Switzerland 3.2 %.

By product categories, spinning is the largest sector, occupying 30 % of the total exhibit space. Dyeing, finishing and printing machinery form the next biggest group at 27 %, followed by knitting and weaving at 17 %.

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 is jointly owned by CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and its partners in China – the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC).

The exhibition ends on October 25, 2016.

www.itmaasia.com

www.citme.com.cn


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