fter two consecutive ITMA Asias in Singapore in 2001 and 2005, China is hosting the most
important textile machinery event ITMA Asia + CITME for the first time, July 27-31, 2008, at the
Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC).
The European Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) and the Chinese textile
associations decided that Shanghai would be the venue for a combined event. This step should reduce
the total number of shows currently in the textile show calendar.
Some weeks ago, I had a meeting with Yang Zhao Hua, vice chairman of the Sub Council for
Textile Industry (CCPIT) and the Textile Chamber of Commerce (CCOIC) in Beijing. He was fully
convinced that the US economic crisis is not affecting the Chinese textile market too much.
According to Yang, China’s overall textile exports in 2007 reached a value of some US$627 billion.
Only 28 percent, worth US$175.6 billion, was exported. Generally, Yang sees positive development
for the Chinese textile industry in 2008. It might be that exports will decrease a little; however,
the rising domestic demand will balance this fact. As he is very much involved in the organization
of the upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, is he convinced that the upcoming exhibition will be
Yes, two strong partners go together, he said. ITMA Asia + CITME will be a solid exhibition.
After some early problems, ITMA Asia + CITME organizers and the exhibitors did their homework
and are expecting a great show. The overall fairground, all 126,500 square meters, sold out. All
the big Western textile machinery builders will be present. For sure, the fair is having a big
impact on the domestic textile machinery industry; many domestic manufacturers also will exhibit at
the show. So this explains the major reason why exhibitions of this scale are still so successful:
All visitors have an excellent possibility to compare machinery from different sources all in one
Nihao! See you in Shanghai!