China is the world’s undisputed front-runner in the global car market, leading the way in both production and sales. The opportunities for global textile producers are still unrivalled given the overall size of the market.
These opportunities can be explored at this year’s biennial China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE – supported by Techtextil), which runs from June 3-5, 2019 in Shanghai/China.
While CINE features nonwovens products, machinery, raw materials and chemicals for nonwovens for a wide range of applications, it is the potential in the automotive sector that is generating interest. While new car sales in China dropped for the first time last year since 1992, production still reached 27.8 million vehicles, including 23.5 million passenger cars and 4.3 million commercial vehicles. Furthermore, strong growth is still evident in new energy vehicle (NEV) sales, as well as exports of all vehicle types. NEV production totaled 1.27 million units in 2018, a staggering 60% increase, while sales grew by nearly 62%.
A number of leading automobile brands, and textile suppliers to these companies, source at the CINE fair. This time, buyers such as these can source from a range of automotive nonwovens suppliers. This includes one of China’s largest producers of automotive textiles, who will group together a number of automotive interior suppliers.