Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

           Underscoring its commitment to innovation, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) will continue to promote excellence in research and development at ITMA 2019.

The CEMATEX Research & Innovation Grant will help defray participation cost of eligible educational and research organizations at the Research & Innovation (R&I) Pavilion by at least 50%.

Fritz P. Mayer, President of CEMATEX which owns the ITMA exhibition, announced: “Innovation has always been the key to global competitiveness and sustainability of textile and garment makers. Research and development play a critical role to help the industry develop new competitive advantages.”

He added, “ITMA is an ideal platform to foster collaboration among researchers, businesses and investors. An ITMA 2015 survey revealed that more than 90% of the R&I exhibitors were able to establish new business relations and open up new markets. Hence, we are glad to continue support to these exhibitors with the CEMATEX grant for the third time.”

DITF Denkendorf, one of Germany’s largest centers of textile research, has been a regular ITMA participant. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Götz T. Gresser, Member of the Board, says, “Our research activities span the entire textile value chain, from raw material to the final product. As ITMA also covers solutions for the whole value chain and attracts an international audience, it provides an excellent environment for us to share our research, observe the latest market developments and meet potential partners. We are looking forward to another successful participation at ITMA 2019.”

The R&I Pavilion will showcase cutting-edge textile and related research and development projects, and will serve to encourage collaboration among companies, research centers and universities to develop novel materials and technologies to transform the textile, garment and fashion industry.

In addition to providing outstanding opportunities to research organizations and universities to share their R&D achievements, the R&I Pavilion also provides an excellent platform for participating institutes and guest industry speakers to share their latest knowledge and projects at the Speakers Platform.

Dr. Jon Rust, Interim Director of Zeis Textiles Extension in North Carolina State University of Textiles, enthused, “Taking part in the ITMA Research & Innovation Pavilion has helped to profile our university to a global audience. The Speakers Platform offers an additional channel to raise awareness of our research projects and facilitate knowledge transfer. With ITMA 2019 theme being ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’, we are anticipating a more exciting exhibition.”

The Speakers Platform at the R&I Pavilion will feature 20-minute presentations based on the following topics:

  • Raw materials and manufacturing technology
  • Automation and digitalization: Creating new opportunities in the textile and fashion industry
  • Technical textile innovations and manufacturing technology
  • Sustainable textile and garment manufacturing in the circular economy

The R&I Pavilion at ITMA 2015 received good response from both academic and commercial organizations. It featured 40 exhibitors from 16 countries and incorporated the European Textile Research & Education Pavilion. A total of 43 speakers from various leading institutes and universities shared their insights and research projects.

Organizations keen to participate in the ITMA 2019 R&I Pavilion or apply for the CEMATEX grant can visit or email

ITMA 2019 will be held from June 20th to 26th at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. More than 50% of the space has been booked since application for exhibition space started in May. The exhibition will showcase the latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain in nineteen chapters. In addition to machinery, exhibits will include fibers, yarns and fabrics, as well as leasing and finance services.

By daisen