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Yarn Expo Spring 2018 Shanghai
14. March 2018 - 16. March 2018
Held from March 14-16 in hall 5.1 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center, this year’s fair is expecting over 450 exhibitors (2016: 393) to take part. A full spectrum of quality yarn and fibre products, such as natural and blended yarns, man-made fibres and yarns as well as the fair’s rising star – specialty yarns – will be featured to accommodate all kinds of sourcing needs.
The global apparel fabrics and accessories industry is gearing up for its key spring summit – one of the trade fair highlights of the year where the entire sector gathers to do business, discover the latest fashion trends, find new innovations and discuss what’s in store for the year ahead. Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition returns from 14 to 16 March following strong results in its two editions last year. The 2017 spring fair was the most international yet, with over 71000 trade buyers from 103 countries and regions doing business with more than 3,300 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions.
In the past three years, Yarn Expo Spring has recorded significant growth in its exhibitor number and exhibition space . However, the fair’s success cannot be measured only by figures; in addition, the testimonies of exhibitors tell the full, and rewarding story.
Often targeting overseas buyers, Indian and Pakistan exhibitors shared their high satisfaction with the fair’s internationalism. Mr Abedin Ahmed Rizvi, Manager (Sales & Marketing) of Indus Dyeing & Manufacturing from Pakistan said: “Yarn Expo offers an effective platform for us to meet our target buyers from around the world. We’ve met many Chinese and European buyers during the fair, and many of them place orders with us.” Mr Jitin Sethi, Vice President of India’s Envision Exports Pvt Ltd agreed: “Yarn Expo is one of the biggest platforms for yarn business, and it has a diverse buyer profile. This is the place for us to develop the market in a big way.”
What to expect from the 2018 edition
This year, an impressive range of high-quality suppliers and products will occupy around 26,000 sqm of the exhibition area. Some major highlights of Yarn Expo Spring 2018 include:
- India and Pakistan zones: some of the strongest suppliers from these two countries will bring together some of the world’s highest quality cotton yarns and fibres
- Birla Planet: while the company will showcase key product lines Birla Modal and Birla Spunshades, a number of its partner companies will demonstrate the application of Birla’s products
- Domestic product zones: nearly 400 domestic exhibitors to showcase an impressive range of innovative fibres and yarns in Fancy Yarn Zone, Colourful Chemical Fibre Zone, Natural Cotton Zone, Quality Wool Zone and Green Linen Zone
- Fringe programme: a fashion show, Trend Area and a series of seminars organised by China Chemical Fibre Association and China Cotton Textile Association will reveal the latest market trends and insights
Matching market demand: popular product zones return again
While one of Intertextile’s biggest strengths is the fact the entire apparel fabrics and accessories sector gathers in the one place for three intense days of business, the fair is also conveniently categorised to ensure sourcing efficiency. A number of country & region pavilions as well as group pavilions will feature, while the following product zones, established to maximise the opportunities from growth areas in the Chinese and Asian markets, return again.
- In the last two Spring Editions, the number of exhibitors in this zone has grown by nearly 70%. This demand comes from the fact that more than 21% of buyers attend the fair to source accessories
All about sustainability
- With the Chinese government implementing ever stricter pollution control measures on the one side, and increasingly eco-conscious domestic consumers and higher requirements from export customers on the other, demand from the local textile industry for sustainability products & services continues to grow
- This zone, with product & service, display and educational areas, remains the key sustainability event in China for the wider industry
- China produces more than 2.5 billion denim garments per annum, with much of this output then exported to the US and Europe, ensuring demand for imports of quality denim fabrics is high
- 18 % of buyers at the 2017 Spring Edition were interested in sourcing denim, ensuring a steady flow of buyers to this zone
Digital Printing Zone
- While a clear global trend, the potential in this sector in China is amplified due to increasingly stringent national environmental protection policies
- With Chinese consumers jumping on the athleisure bandwagon, and increasingly participating in sports & outdoor activities, the functional fabrics sector is one of the fastest growing
- This is evidenced in Intertextile’s buyer profile also, with 27% of buyers stating functional wear and sportswear as their main area of interest at the 2017 edition
Premium Wool Zone
- Growth in the domestic consumption of high-end overseas wool fabrics remains strong, particularly for suiting as Chinese men increasingly adopt Western-style office attire
- Overseas participants in this zone such as Huddersfield Fine Worsteds, regularly confirm that satisfactory numbers of their target buyers, including tailors and menswear specialty stores, visit this zone
Verve for Design
- While the original pattern design market in China has matured somewhat since its fast-growing early days, sales during the fair in this zone remain strong
- Around 8-9 % of buyers at the fair are in design roles or looking for design & styling products, representing a relatively large buyer base for this niche market.
Together with Yarn Expo Spring 2018, four other textile trade fairs are held concurrently from 14 – 16 March in the same venue: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition, PH Value and the China International Fashion Fair (CHIC). Yarn Expo Spring is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; The Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT.