With more than 3,300 suppliers and an expected 70,000 trade visitors from all over the world, from 14 to 16 March 2018 Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will once again be the epicentre of the international textile industry. It will present an excellent opportunity to get a feel for the upcoming trends for spring/summer 2019 and to discover the latest product innovations. Trend forums will provide the ideal starting point for buyers’ sourcing journeys, and seminars and panel discussions will shed light on the themes that will play an essential role in future. The development of digital printing processes will form another focal point. These are becoming increasingly important in the global textile industry – although this applies to more than just textile technology: digital printing processes also enable more environmentally-friendly production processes. Market leaders in the development and distribution of digital printing systems will present their latest products in one place in the Digital Printing zone, and, on day 2, the Fast Fashion and Digital Printing Application Forum will offer a chance to find out more about and discuss the innovative potentials of digital printing.
Trade visitors will be able to choose content relevant to them from an extensive fringe programme. More than 40 seminars, panel discussions and forum sessions will provide plenty of input and will extend into day 3 so that visitors have more time to listen and contribute their points of view. Industry experts such as the renowned trend forecasting agency WGSN, the global colour system specialist Pantone and others will offer insights into the future of the fashion industry. For visitors looking into the denim and casualwear sector, the panel ‘Denim’s Next Move – New Opportunities To Increase Retail Sales Of Jeans And Casualwear’ will take place on day 1 and day 2.
Sustainability issues will form another important focal point at the trade fair. In China today, especially on a governmental level, far-reaching decisions are being made for a sustainable transformation of the country’s economy, such as the levy of an environmental tax, which was introduced on 1 January 2018. Textile manufacturers are also showing awareness of their responsibilities: ten of China’s viscose manufacturers, who are jointly responsible for more than 50 per cent of the global production of viscose staple fibres, have joined forces with the China Chemicals Fibre Association and the China Cotton Textile Association in order to develop more sustainable production guidelines for the viscose industry. This alliance, titled Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose, will present its work in the All About Sustainability zone, which will also feature a seminar programme and exhibition stands.
European exhibitors will present their product innovations in the SalonEurope zone of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics. These are extremely popular among Chinese buyers, especially due to their consistent high quality and on-trend designs. National pavilions from France, Germany, Italy and Turkey will enhance the range of sourcing options. Italy however remains the top player among the European sellers: with a 12.4 per cent increase in textile exports to mainland China and Hong Kong in the first ten months of 2017, the Italian textile industry was able to reinforce its unique status once again.
In addition to Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, four other textile fairs also take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center from 14 to 16 March 2018: Yarn Expo Spring, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles , the fashion garment fair CHIC and knitting fair PH Value.
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Press release: European suppliers at Intertextile Shanghai the go-to option for Chinese buyers seeking quality and style