HONG KONG — October 14, 2014 — Breaking last year’s record exhibitor figure of 3,751, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition 2014 will reach a new high with over 3,800 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions taking part in what also doubles as the fair’s 20th anniversary edition. Domestic and overseas suppliers will showcase their apparel fabrics and accessories in 15 halls covering 175,020 sqm of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 20 to 23 October 2014.
To mark the 20th year of the fair, a number of special events and displays have been planned, many of which are centred on the 20th Celebration Corner. The fair’s fashion show designer, Walter Ma, has created a special 20th anniversary gown which has been designed to showcase the very essence of the last two decades of the show. In addition, the Fabric Wall, created from fabric swatches of different exhibitors, creates a visual record of the show and captures the spirit of the 20th anniversary. Offering a glimpse into the collaboration and creativity developed over the last 20 years, the Wall is an embodiment of the diversity and flair of past, present and future apparel fabrics.
Visitors to the 20th Anniversary Celebration Corner can also take in the celebration video which offers a retrospective take on previous editions of the fair – from steady development in the 1990’s, through strong growth in the 2000’s, up until the present day and the recognition of the fair as the premier event in the worldwide apparel fabrics industry.
15 halls featuring full range of apparel fabrics and accessories
With so much on offer at the fair, a number of pavilions and product zones have been created to help buyers streamline their sourcing experience. The three and a half international halls (W1 – half of hall W4) include:
- SalonEurope (hall W1): pavilions from Germany, the Milano Unica Pavilion from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK, as well as the France zone feature here
- Verve for Design (hall W1): showcasing collections from Australia, France, Italy, Korea, Spain and the UK
- Premium Wool zone (hall W1): featuring premium and luxury wool fabrics from France, Italy and the UK
- Country & regions pavilions (halls W2 – W4): from India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand
- Group pavilions (halls W2 & W3): including Birla Planet, Cotton Council International, DuPont, Hyosung, Invista, KTC, KTTA and Lenzing
All About Sustainability zone (hall W4): including an Educational Zone and ecoBoutique display area along with the Oeko-Tex Pavilion featuring wool knitted, knitted, woven and yarn eco fabrics and lace & embroidery.
Further halls include:
Beyond Denim hall (hall W5): expanded this year to cover an entire hall and revamped by renowned French studio the NellyRodiTM Agency, this hall features around 150 domestic and international denim exhibitors and a new Beyond Denim Forum to highlight the latest wash innovations, new technologies, sustainable practices and a range of premium denim fabrics.
Accessories halls (halls E6 & E7): over 550 international and domestic suppliers will showcase their garment and fashion accessories
Domestic exhibitors can be found in halls W4 – W5, E1 – E5 and N1 – N3, and have been grouped together by product end-use:
Shirting fabrics (W4)
Suiting fabrics (E1 & E2)
Casualwear fabrics (E3 & E4)
Functional wear / Sportswear fabrics (E5)
Accessories (E6 & E7)
Lingerie and Swimwear fabrics (N1)
Ladieswear fabrics (N1 – N3)
Fringe programme features something for everyone
To meet the needs of as much of the industry as possible, this year’s fringe programme contains a wide range of events and displays. Providing ideas for autumn / winter 2015-16 fashions, a total of five Trend Forums can be found at the fair, including the international-focused Intertextile Directions Trend Forum (hall W1), and the domestic Fabrics China Trend Forums for suitings (hall E2), casualwear (hall E4) and ladieswear (hall N2) and accessories (hall E7). These Trend Forums use exhibitor’s fabrics to interpret what will be popular next season, while product display zones also feature exhibitor’s latest products: Beyond Denim (hall W5), Linen / Ramie chic (hall E3) and the ecoBoutique (hall W4).
In hall E5, Innotex Space (hall E5) features with the support of the Department of Science and Technology Development of the China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC) to highlight a wide range of new applications, and innovative technologies and products.
The fair also features the winning entries of the China International Fabrics Design Competition and China International Fabrics Creation Competition. This year there are 29 winners awarded in the design competition and 3 winners awarded in the creation competition. These are the only professional design competitions in the Chinese textile fabrics sector and visitors to the fair will be able to see the winning overseas pieces displayed in the Intertextile Directions Trend Forum in hall W1, while the domestic pieces will be displayed in Fabrics China Trend Forums along with the video broadcasting in hall E1 rest area.
This year’s seminar programme promises to be highly popular again, with design and trend presentations led by representatives from Huafu, Milano Unica, the NellyRodiTM Agency, Peclers Paris and others. Speakers from Control Union, Jintex Corp, Lineapelle, Oeko-Tex Association, SGS, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, TESTEX and Unifi will conduct seminars on sustainability issues. And other presentations will be made on market information and business strategies, technology and solutions, and legal issues. Product presentations by exhibitors including Birla Jinwei Fibres Co Ltd, Hohenstein Institute Hong Kong Laboratory, Jintex Corp and Far Eastern New Century will also be held.
In addition to Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, two other fairs are held concurrently from 20 to 22 October in halls N4 & N5: Yarn Expo Autumn 2014 and PH Value 2014 (previously known as the China International Knitting Trade Fair).
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition 2014 is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Centre.
Posted October 15, 2014
Source: Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.