Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is expected to attract more than 70,000 trade buyers.
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is expected to attract more than 70,000 trade buyers.

This year, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will gather 4,000-plus suppliers from 33 countries and regions and more than 70,000 trade buyers from 27 to 29 September at National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). The earlier date of the fair has attracted numerous renowned brands, such as Birla, DuPont, Hyosung, Invista and Lenzing to return to their Group Pavilions.

In addition, two international promotion bodies Cotton Council International and The Woolmark Company also return, as do global Chinese players Bros Eastern and Huafu Fashion. Among the many Japanese participants will be Komatsu Seiren and Stylem, while Dormeuil and Malhia Kent from France participate again this year.

In the country / region pavilions and zones, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Milano Unica Pavilion from Italy, Hong Kong region,  and Taiwan region are covered. In the feature zones, in addition to All About Sustainability, Premium Wool Zone, SalonEurope, Verve for Design, Digital Printing Zone and Functional Lab are included.

Earlier date of the show proving popular

The unavailability of three halls at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in the latter part of this year has resulted in a reorganisation of the hall allocation, with the two International Halls being 4.1 and 5.1 this edition, and domestic exhibitors grouped by product end-use throughout eight halls.

The innovations, applicable to a variety of industries including sportswear, swimwear and underwear, are a key example as to why the Functional Lab continues to attract buyers. The Functional Lab will have a 92% increase in space and a 111% increase in the number of exhibitors at the product zone. Leading players such as Aquafil, Nilit, Toray and Unifi will feature again, while 3M are confirmed to participate in Accessories Vision. ECOCERT / GOTS and OEKO-TEX will also have their own pavilions in the All About Sustainability area.

Directions Trend Forum explores tomorrow’s fashion

The three major trends of Autumn/Winter 2019: Fairy Tech, Classic Plus and Crossworld.The Intertextiles Directions Trend Forum in hall 5.1 is a well-established research and marketing tool for international designers and garment professionals. Developed by handpicked global trend experts from Milan, New York, Paris and Tokyo, three trends that tell the story of a transformative world will be presented: Fairy Tech, Classic Plus and Crossworld.

As well as the international trend showcase, the Fabrics China Trend Forums will present more insight into the latest fabric trends in China.

As the most comprehensive sourcing platform in the industry, the fair’s product groups include cotton, wool, man-made, silk, linen / ramie, denim and knitted fabrics, as well as lace and embroidery, fibers and yarns, garment and fashion accessories, original pattern designs, sustainability products and services, as well as digital printing technologies. Application areas for these products include ladies wear, menswear, suiting, shirting, casual wear, functional wear / sportswear, denim wear, lingerie and swimwear, children's wear and more.

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will run concurrently with the CHIC and PH Value fairs. The show is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT.