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 April 6th, 2018.
According to CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (the owner of ITMA), 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 meters net. As applications continue to stream in, plans are underway to expand the exhibition to the entire Barcelona Gran Via venue.
CEMATEX President Fritz P. Mayer says, “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% 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%), spinning (14%), printing and weaving (12%) and knitting (11%).
With the strong demand for space, ITMA 2019 is expected to feature a showcase of more than 115,000 square meters net, with the participation of some 1,600 exhibitors when the exhibition opens.
ITMA 2019 will be held from June 20th to 26th at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. 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 fibers, yarns and fabrics.