When he designs his products, Japanese industrial and furniture designer Toshiyuki Kita focuses on the harmony between the five senses, the balance of nature and the wisdom of forebears. Some of his work is exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and in the Centre Pompidou, Paris. His talks at the Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles attracted a full house. From 28 to 31 August the trade show’s revamped fringe programme showcased the latest industry insights and trends to trade visitors. All told, 35,000 trade buyers from 117 countries and regions attended the trade show, which occupied seven halls of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai).
The show has long been far more than just a platform for trade. “From humble beginnings back in October 1995, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Autumn Edition has grown over the last quarter century into the preeminent international event for the industry in Asia,” commented Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Autumn Edition, a number of organisations were thanked for their long-standing support during a gala dinner. Among them was the Uludag Textile Exporters’ Association, organisers of the show’s largest country pavilion from Turkey, which has been a fixed part of the portfolio for eleven years.
The Talks & Tours program attracted many guests, among others to the stand of the Belgian textile company Libeco-Lagae. “For us, Intertextile is the number one gateway to the Chinese market. We’ve made around 160 contacts so far. We had quite a diverse range of visitors, including an increase in e-commerce buyers, but also more traditional upholstery fabrics buyers. We’ve also seen more and more people who are looking for eco-friendly products,” stated Thomas Lyus, Sales Manager, Libeco-Lagae. The trade show provided a platform for international exchange for around 1,147 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions.
The next Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles is the Spring Edition held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) from 11 to 13 March 2020, concurrently with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics and Yarn Expo Spring. The next Autumn Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles will take place in August 2020.
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