ITMA
New record with biggest number of exhibitors

28.06.2019 Since its launch in 1951, the ITMA has enjoyed wide industry recognition as the world’s largest textile and garment technology exhibition. This year’s event in Barcelona sees its reputation solidify further with the largest gathering of exhibitors in its history.

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ITMA 2019 attracted visitorship of over 105,000 from 137 countries. The top 5 countries where visitors came from were Spain (11%), Italy (10%), India (8%), Turkey and Germany (7%). They were followed by France, the USA, Portugal, Brazil, Pakistan, China and the UK.The record number of exhibitors totaling 1,717 from 45 countries has set a new milestone. The exhibits are showcased over 114,500 m² of net exhibit space, a 9% increase over the previous edition in 2015. The exhibition occupies all 9 halls of the Gran Via venue, including the space under the linkway. To allow more companies to participate, many exhibitors were allocated lesser stand space than they had originally applied for.
Reflecting the international composition of the participants, the largest number of exhibitors are from Italy (364 exhibitors), China (276 exhibitors), Germany (222 exhibitors), India (169 exhibitors) and Turkey (164 exhibitors).
CEMATEX countries continue to occupy the largest exhibit space, taking up 65% of the total net exhibit space. Italy booked 26% of the space, followed by Germany which booked 18%. The top non-CEMATEX countries are: Turkey with 9%, China with 8%, and India with 5% of the space booked.
A wide range of integrated solutions across the entire value chain in 19 exhibit sectors are present. Printing, which has seen many advances being made in the last few years, is an exciting growth sector. Chalking up a 38% increase in the number of exhibitors compared with the previous exhibition, it is one of the top 5 sectors at ITMA 2019: finishing (325 exhibitors), spinning (281 exhibitors), weaving (182 exhibitors), printing (157 exhibitors), knitting (136 exhibitors).
The nonwovens and technical textiles sectors, due to their wide range of applications, continue to be an important sector at the ITMA 2019. Garment making, which has been impacted by digitalization and fast fashion, is also making a bigger impact at the ITMA.
Many new technologies were launched, ranging from 3D weaving and knitting to hi-tech nonwovens processes, sustainable chemicals and state-of-the-art garment-making technologies, and wide range of software-powered automation solutions.
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