ITMA - Innovating the World of Textiles
ITMA is the trendsetting textile and garment technology platform where the industry converges every four years to explore fresh ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth.
Technological innovation, a basic of industry transformation, is pivotal to the success of the textile and garment industry.
ITMA 2019 provides an unrivalled marketplace and knowledge platform. It is expected to feature:
- 200,000 square metres of gross exhibition space
- Over 1,500 exhibitors from some 45 countries
- Visitorship of over 100,000 from about 140 countries
Events during ITMA 2019
A myriad of exciting knowledge and networking events will be held at ITMA 2019. Some of the events will be organised by ITMA in partnership with leading industry organisations. Events you can look forward to at ITMA 2019 include:
Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 1030 – 1730 hours | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre
Theme: Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable
ITMA will jointly organise the Nonwovens Forum @ ITMA 2019 with the International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA). The event will feature discussions on the latest innovations in nonwovens.
Who should attend?
Textile and garment producers upgrading to nonwovens production
Retailers and brand owners
Date: 22 June 2019 | Time: TBC | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre
Theme: Sustainable Technologies and Environmental Best Practice
An annual international conference that tackles crucial issues on sustainability in the global textile sector, Planet Textiles is organised by MCL News & Media in partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Date: 23 June 2019 | Time: 1030 – 1730 hours | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre
Theme: The Circular Economy and Resource Sustainability Strategy
The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 will centre on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy. It explores how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can support the strategy under the influence of Industry 4.0 emerging strategic concept.
Who should attend?
Dyeing, printing, finishing treatment processing companies
Raw material processing companies
Retailers and brand owners
Textile and garment producers
Date: 24 June 2019 | Time: TBC | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre
Theme: Right Speed, Right Price
As digital textile printing matures, it is clear that chasing speed for its own sake is not always the best strategy. What matters is spotting the applications where digital textile can be a commercial winner by delivering the right quality, productivity and price. While ITMA 2015 saw the super-fast single-pass machines meet head-on, ITMA 2019 is likely to have a focus on ink innovation, and perhaps for the development of inkjet in other areas of textile finishing. The WTiN Digital Textile Conference at ITMA will also explore the trend for integration of on-demand print with downstream manufacturing processes.
Show owner expanding space to accommodate overwhelming response
Held every four years since 1951, ITMA has reinforced its reputation as the world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition. Exhibition space for its 18th showcase to be held in Barcelona has been fully booked by the application deadline of 6 April 2018.
According to CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, owner of the ITMA exhibition, over 1,500 companies from 45 countries have applied to take part in ITMA 2019. The space booked already totals more than 110,000 square metres net. As applications continue to stream in, plans are underway to expand the exhibition to the entire Barcelona Gran Via venue.
Mr Fritz P. Mayer, President of CEMATEX, said: “We are grateful for the vote of confidence from the industry. It shows that ITMA is the launch pad of choice for the latest technologies from around the world.
“Interest in ITMA 2019 is extremely strong, and we have received more applications at an earlier date compared with previous editions. We continue to welcome new applicants, especially manufacturers who are launching new products, as they will help to make ITMA 2019 an even more vibrant sourcing platform for our visitors.”
Applicants from CEMATEX countries have booked 65 per cent of the space; the top countries are Italy, Germany and Spain. Highlighting the positive market sentiments of textile machinery manufacturers from the rest of the world, applicants from Turkey, India and China take the top spots in terms of space applied. The top sectors are finishing (25 per cent), spinning (14 per cent), printing and weaving (12 per cent each), and knitting (11 per cent).
With the strong demand for space, ITMA 2019 is expected to feature a showcase of more than 115,000 square metres net, with the participation of some 1,600 exhibitors when the exhibition opens.
The exhibition, themed ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’, will showcase the latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, as well as fibres, yarns and fabrics.
CLUSTER OF KNOWLEDGE EVENTS TO FACILITATE INDUSTRY SHARING AND COLLABORATION AT ITMA 2019
ITMA 2019 will feature a number of industry-leading knowledge-sharing events to facilitate sharing and collaboration among global textile and garment industry members. Hot button issues such as sustainable innovation, Industry 4.0 and automation will be on many agendas during the show.
According to CEMATEX, owner of ITMA 2019, the cluster of accompanying events will spotlight key industry challenges and leading-edge solutions that will support industry members’ drive for sustainability and competitiveness.
Mr Fritz Mayer, President of CEMATEX, elaborated: "ITMA has evolved beyond its original aim of merely providing a buy-and-sell platform for textile machinery manufacturers. It is now a meaningful platform for all industry stakeholders to share new breakthroughs, brainstorm solutions and explore collaboration."
Two events that have been successfully organised in conjunction with past ITMA exhibitions include the Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum and the Nonwovens Forum. These ITMA forums are organised in collaboration with key industry organisations.
Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum
The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 will focus on the theme: The Circular Economy and Resource Sustainability Strategy.
"Discussions will centre on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy and how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can support it under the influence of Industry 4.0 emerging strategic concept," said Mr Andrew Filarowski, chairman of the forum’s organising committee and technical director of the Society of Dyers and Colourists.
Other members of the organising committee are from:
The International Federation of Associations of Textile Chemists & Colourists (IFATCC)
American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorist (AATCC)
The Spanish Association of Textile Chemists & Colourists (AEQCT)
The Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI)
ITMA 2019 will be held from 20 to 26 June 2019 in Barcelona at Fira De Barcelona, Gran Via!
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