ITMA ASIA + CITME 2020 will feature an exhibition area of 170,000 square meters at the NECC in Shanghai.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2020 will feature an exhibition area of 170,000 square meters at the NECC in Shanghai.

ITMA ASIA + CITME, the region’s leading trade fair for the textile industry, is set for its seventh presentation from June 12-16, 2021 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai, China. It is expected to continue to perform as a useful platform for textile industry players tapping into the vibrant Chinese and Asian markets.

Despite the travel restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the combined trade fair is expected to feature a total exhibition space of 170,000 square meters. It has attracted the participation of more than 1,500 exhibitors, including many established textile machinery manufacturers from 24 countries.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) anticipated that the global economy to grow at 5.4% in 2021. It also highlighted that the growth will be strongest in emerging markets and developing economies, particularly in Asia which is expected to grow at 7.4%.

“We are very pleased to see so many companies booking with confidence as the industry moves forward to meet the growing demand of a post-pandemic economy. The Asian region continues to be a bright spot for businesses which are seeking new markets and growth opportunities in challenging times,” said Ernesto Maurer, President of CEMATEX.

“The pandemic has created pent-up demand for quality machinery for sectors, such as nonwovens and technical textiles, because there was a lack of sales and markets,” added Mr Wang Shutian, Honorary President of China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA).

As China’s textile industry continues its transformation, textile producers are sourcing for innovative solutions and upgrading their facilities to compete in current challenging global market. The drive for better technological solutions is expected to grow in the country.
 As the Chinese textile industry continues to prosper, business opportunities are still expected for exhibitors.
“The trade show represents an important platform to help us connect with the Asian buyers at a time when the global economy is improving,” commented Luc Tack, President of Symatex - the Belgian Textile Machinery Association. “As China is one of the most important markets for textile machines, it gives us the ideal opportunity to be closer to our customers.”

“Despite the pandemic, ITMA ASIA + CITME remains the most important trade fair for textile machinery in Asia,” expressed Alex Zucchi, President of ACIMIT - Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers. “Although a decrease in the number of overseas visitors is expected, I foresee good business opportunities for exhibitors attending the show, as the Chinese textile industry seems to be in good shape.”

Cornelia Buchwalder, Secretary General of Swissmem, also shared her expectation of ITMA Asia + CITME: "Despite a very difficult global economic climate in 2020, China's textile exports increased 29% year-on-year to now US$154 billion. With the COVID pandemic under control in China, holding this combined show will become even more important as a key marketplace for the textile industry for both the traditional and growing nonwoven sectors."

ITMA ASIA + CITME is owned by CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC). It is organized by Beijing Textile Machinery International Exhibition Co Ltd and co-organized by ITMA Services. Meanwhile, the Japan Textile Machinery Association is a special partner of the show.

The show owners and organizers have been working closely with the authorities, such as the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council and the Shanghai Convention and Exhibition Industries Association (SCEIA), to implement preventive and social distancing measures to ensure the trade fair to be held safely.

The last edition of ITMA ASIA + CITME held in 2018 grossed 180,000 square meters, receiving over 100,000 visitors from 116 countries and regions. A total of 1,733 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions showcased their latest technological solutions for automation and sustainable production.