Held every 4 years since 1951, the ITMA 2019, which will be held in Barcelona/Spain from June 20-26, 2019, has reinforced its reputation as the world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition. Exhibition space for next year’s event had been fully booked by the application deadline of April 6, 2018.
According to the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, Zurich/Switzerland, the space booked already totals more than 110,000 m2 net. As applications continue to stream in, plans are underway to expand the exhibition to the entire Barcelona Gran Via venue. With the strong demand for space, ITMA 2019 is expected to feature a showcase of more than 115,000 m2 net, with the participation of some 1,600 exhibitors when the exhibition opens.
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 %).
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.
ITMA 2019 again will feature a number of industry knowledge sharing events to facilitate sharing and collaboration among global textile and garment industry members. Topics such as sustainable innovation, industry 4.0 and automation will be on many agendas during the show. The event will also host, among others, the Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum and Speakers Platform which will discuss wastewater management and more.