Relief is felt in the textile industry. Since spring 2021, the Chinese economy has continued on its path towards recovery following the restrictions the pandemic caused in the past one and a half years. The upswing can be felt at China's textile trade shows as well. Some 2,600 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions presented their products at the spring edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics. And the number of visitors increased again as did interest in innovative and environmentally friendly textiles and fabrics. Antibacterial and sustainable products as well as hygiene products have been in in greater demand than ever since the pandemic started. "Our pavilion is quite crowded because everyone is looking for new and interesting products. Because of the pandemic, antibacterial, antiviral and other health concepts are popular. Also, environmental protection is certainly a hot topic, including recycled, sustainable and organic products. I think China's demand for interesting and unique products moves very fast, every year, people want something new, pushing us to to make changes in raw materials to create new selling points and to develop our fabrics, packaging and marketing," says Tianzhong Dong, vice president of Hua Mao Nano-Tech Co Ltd.
China's buyers are going with the global trend. Trade show visitors are becoming increasingly more aware of environmentally friendly materials and products and giving them a much higher priority than before. The spotlight is on environmentally friendly fabrics like recyclable corn fibres, regenerated Lyocell and textiles that have been dyed by means of food waste. Hemp is another highlight in terms of sustainability. Turkish brand Orta is focusing on the fruitful plant's sustainable material. "Hemp can be grown four times a year, whereas cotton can be grown only two times a year. It also saves more water during production and has natural antibacterial properties, which makes it a globally popular product right now," says Jackal Tsang, regional sales manager at Orta Anadolu.
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabric is getting ready for its autumn edition. The event is offering the industry countless possibilities to stay in contact, whether it is online or on site. Exhibitors, who will not be able to travel to Shanghai, can present their products and brochures at the trade show's hybrid showcase. Visitors can view samples and videos to get an impression of the respective brand. Other features visitors can look forward to are websites for manufacturers, live communication, video meetings and an app, which matches the requirements of customers to suitable exhibitors. Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will take place at Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center from 9th to 11th October 2021.
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