As the world’s number one producer and exporter of textiles, China continues to set global benchmarks in the textile industry. In the coming five years, the East Asian state is also planning on proving its exceptional status in the textile supply chain. And that’s not all: corresponding to the overall national development, internationally operating companies should assume that fundamental structural reforms will also be required in the textile sector.
The aspired transformation processes are united by one goal: the metamorphosis of the former “workbench of the world” into a supplier of more complex and higher quality production steps and services. A transformation that will also significantly shift the positioning of China within the global textile supply chain. This turnaround is associated with a concerted initiative for more sustainability, specific targets included. Increased resource efficiency and closed-loop innovations will gain increasing importance for companies that produce in China.
The central marketplaces for innovations and significant platforms for exchange are therefore trade fairs. Given the combination of the transformation of China as an economic location and its paramount importance for the textile and fashion industry, it is hardly surprising that Messe Frankfurt, as one of the leading trade fair organisers in the world, attaches great importance to China as a business location. Conducive to this development is the current performance of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics organised by Messe Frankfurt: at the most recent edition, the organisers welcomed an impressive 77,000 visitors from 102 countries and more than 4,500 exhibitors from 32 countries. Contributing to the clearly organised structure is the arrangement into ten product groups from natural fibres, lingerie and swimwear fabrics to functional fabrics and accessories, as well as further systematisation of the areas of use. With its ten country and ten group pavilions, the event is once again the most effective place to do business in the textile sector.
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