High Hopes For ShanghaiTex
The 16th edition of ShanghaiTex will feature three new exhibitor theme zones as well as concurrent workshops and programs.
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Established in 1984, ShanghaiTex boasts the longest history of any textile trade show in China. The show in 2013 is sponsored by Shangtex Holding Co. Ltd., China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai Sub-council, and China Chamber of International Commerce Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.
ShanghaiTex organizers expect more than 1,000 exhibitors and nearly 60,000 visitors at the upcoming edition of the show.
New Theme Zones For Exhibits
ShanghaiTex has added three new theme zones for 2013. In addition to the five existing product categories — Knitting & Hosiery Machinery; Weaving Machinery; Spinning & Techtextile Machinery; Printing, Dyeing & Finishing Machinery & Textile Chemicals; and Spare Parts and Accessories for Textile Machinery — visitors also will find exhibits in New Materials, Technologies & Designs For Knitting Products; Techtextile Technology & Product; and Digital Printing Machinery zones.
The New Materials, Technologies & Designs for Knitting Products zone focuses on the latest knitting products and related technologies. The Techtextile Technology & Product zone will present a wide range of performance fabrics and value-added products from the technical textiles arena. The Digital Printing Machinery zone will highlight new-generation digital printing machines and integrated digital textile printing solutions.
"Since the business environment becomes more competitive and dynamic, industry players request a one-stop platform for their total sourcing requirements," said Stanley Chu, chairman, Adsale. "Many of our visitors are leading manufacturers who are constantly exploring options to improve their productivity and to respond quickly to customers' needs. The newly added theme zones are industry-focused, which will surely bring plenty of inspirations for new materials and technology to our visitors."
According to organizers, Global Industry Analysts Inc. released a report in 2010 on world textile printing production that forecast global production of printed textiles would reach 32 billion square meters (m2) by the year 2015. Analysts also predicted that 15 percent of the global fabric printing market would be produced digitally within the next five years.
Many companies have already committed to exhibit at ShanghaiTex 2013 including: Japan-based Konica Minolta, Epson, and Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd., and Israel-based Kornit Digital, in the Digital Printing Machinery zone; Germany-based Groz-Beckert KG, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH and Memminger-Iro GmbH, and Italy-based Lonati Group, in the Knitting & Hosiery Machinery zone; Hong Kong-based Fong's Industries Co. Ltd., Italy-based Brazzoli S.p.A., and Taiwan-based Asia Kingdom Machinery Industry Co. Ltd., in the Printing, Dyeing & Finishing Machinery & Textile Chemicals zone; and Italy-based Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A., Germany-based Trützschler Group, Shanghai-based Oerlikon Textile, Switzerland-based Rieter Ltd. and India-based Lakshmi Machine Works in the Spinning & Techtextile Machinery zone.
ShanghaiTex organizers have invited Santoni S.p.A., Italy — a knitting machine producer specializing in seamless knitting, and a member of the Lonati Group — and textile machinery supplier Chemtax Industrial Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, to be strategic partners at the 2013 show.
In 2011, more than 1,000 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions including Austria, Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, China, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and the United States occupied 92,000 m2 of floor space at SNIEC. The number of visitors reached a record high of 55,080. This year, show organizers anticipate filling 100,000 m2 of ex-hibit space, with more than 1,000 exhibitors showing their products and services to some 60,000 visitors.
In 2011, Germany, Korea and Taiwan participated in group pavilions on the exhibition floor. It is expected that country pavilions again will be arranged at the 2013 edition of the show.
Also in 2011, ShanghaiTex introduced the International Group Delegation Programme to meet the overseas demand from customers interested in Chinese textile machinery. Companies or associations with 10 or more people attending the show were encouraged to form buyers' groups, which entitled them to a set of services including express registration at the group delegation counter, free use of the visitors lounge, a networking program, travel packages and connections with potential business partners.
ShanghaiTex organizers have planned some concurrent workshops and forums so that show visitors may learn about industry developments and trends as well as cultivate new ideas. Some of the planned events include: "From Fibers & Yarns to Ready-to-Wear Apparels-Fashion Manufacturing Lines," "A Roadmap to Digital Textile Printing," and "Interactive Forum — From Manufacturing to Brand Building."
The show floor will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on June 10-12, and from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on June 13. Admission is free, and visitors may pre-register online or register on-site during the show.
For more information about ShanghaiTex 2013, visit shanghaitexonline.com.