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Intertextile Shenzhen’s November return to mark China’s restitch with global textile market

7 Feb 2023

As China, the largest textile producer and exporter in the world, removes pandemic restrictions for inbound travellers, its textile industry is on track to benefit. To help industry players tap into market recovery and regain international orders, Intertextile Shenzhen Apparel Fabrics will return from 6 – 8 November 2023 at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center. The previous fair welcomed over 880 exhibitors from eight countries and regions, while there were over 42,000 visits coming from 26 countries and regions.

Despite the challenges facing the global economy, signs are looking positive for China’s textile industry. According to Research and Markets, the Chinese textile market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of over 5% from 2020-20261.

Ms Wilmet Shea, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, is confident that the fair will continue to be an effective platform for participants to make the most of this promising market. “With China’s borders opening up, we expect the return of in-person business to further stimulate the country’s textile industry,” she said. “After an extended pandemic pause there is pent-up demand for this trade fair. We know from talking to exhibitors how eager they are to get back to business-as- usual, and they know Intertextile Shenzhen is the best place to meet influential buyers and trend-setters, including some of South China’s leading garment manufacturers.”

Unlock business potential in South China’s fashion hub

China’s fastest growing city has designs on becoming a global fashion capital – Shenzhen is now home to over 2,500 clothing brands, with the vast majority self-owned2. The world is starting to take notice. According to Shenzhen Customs, in the first three quarters of 2022, the city’s garment exports reached USD 7.6 billion, increasing by 9.8% year-on- year3. Notably, there was a sharp rise in exports to ASEAN countries, the UK, and the US.

By combining Shenzhen’s strategic value with the globally recognised Intertextile Apparel brand, the fair has gained immense industry support. At the fair’s previous edition in 2020, Mr Prateek Agarwal, Head Fabric Sourcing Vietnam of Asmara International Limited said: “The Shenzhen edition of Intertextile Apparel is particularly valuable to us because we are based in northern Vietnam, which is in close proximity to South China. Sourcing from the region helps to reduce the lead time to just 12­24 hours after the orders are placed.”

Also speaking at the fair’s previous edition, Ms Jane Han Zhang, Creative Director of FWS Fairbairn & Wolf Studio, UK, expressed her positive impressions: “Intertextile Shenzhen has been good for expanding our business. The fair is influential to the industry and is a strong drawcard for industry players. Shenzhen is also one of the most promising markets in China.”

Business-friendly platform to showcase latest trends and innovations

With the return of international participation, the fair’s fringe programme, comprising Intertextile Apparel’s signature Trend Forum, seminars and product presentations, will provide an ideal platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest products to quality buyers from across the globe. Participants can also maximise their trading opportunities by utilising the fair’s online platform, Intertextile Hub. One of its features, Connect PLUS, administers business matching between exhibitors and buyers, and facilitates one-to-one meetings onsite, or online for buyers unable to attend physically.

As the fair is held concurrently with Yarn Expo Shenzhen, CHIC GBA, and PH Value, fairgoers will have the opportunity to source from the entire textile value chain.

Intertextile Shenzhen Apparel Fabrics is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Center. To find out more about all Messe Frankfurt textile fairs worldwide, please visit:  


1 “China Textile Market 2020-2026”, September 2020, Research and Markets, retrieved January 2023,
2 “Shenzhen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023 Kicks Off”, 26 October 2022, People’s Daily Online, retrieved January 2023,
3 “Shenzhen in Chinese Fashion”, 1 November 2022, People’s Daily Online – Shenzhen Channel, retrieved January 2023,

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