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Opportunity Knocks In China

Cinte Techtextil China will provide opportunities for the technical textiles and nonwovens industries to tap into a regional market.

TW Special Report

S hanghai will host the global technical textiles and nonwovens industries Sept. 1-3, 2004, when Cinte Techtextil China opens at INTEX Shanghai, an exhibition venue located in the Hongqiao Economic Development Zone. The biennial trade fair is organized by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong; the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Sub-Council of Textile Industry, Beijing; and the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, Beijing.

Cinte Techtextil China will target all sectors of these rapidly expanding industries with its exhibition and the Cinte Techtextil China Symposium 2004, to be held Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 next door to INTEX Shanghai at the Shanghai International Trade Centre. The exhibition, scheduled each day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., will be open to the trade only, and admission will be free. Symposium admission will be subject to a cover charge, which had not been determined as of Textile World 's press time.

Cinte Techtextil China 2004 will fill 9,000 square meters of floor space at INTEX Shanghai.

Promising Prospects
Cinte Techtextil China organizers cite forecasts by industry specialists David Rigby Associates that report the demand for technical textiles and nonwovens in Asia is growing steadily and is projected to reach 8.5 million tons in 2005. China alone increased its consumption of technical textiles from 530,000 tons in 1998 to 2 million tons in 2002.

Looking further into the future, the forecasts predict that by 2010, nearly half of all global technical textiles and industrial nonwovens consumption - approximately 12 million tons, valued at $57 billion - will be attributed to Asia.

Such numbers should give every Western producer of technical textile and nonwoven fibers and machinery reason to consider the opportunities in the Asian region. According to market information provided by Messe Frankfurt, China currently is not able to produce the quantity of raw materials it needs to meet its demands for such products as geotextiles and construction textiles for its booming construction industry, including commercial and residential buildings, and highways and railways; automotive textiles to furnish the ever-increasing number of automobiles produced for its upwardly mobile population; and a full range of medical textiles including biomedical engineered products that now are made using imported materials, including nonwoven disposable materials. Industrial textiles used for filtration applications in industries such as power generation, and coal and diesel oil production are additional areas of opportunity.

Exhibition Offerings
Product groups to be presented at the exhibition include: technology, machinery and accessories; woven fabrics, laid webs, knitted fabrics and braiding; nonwovens; coated textiles; composites; surface and bonding techniques; fibers and yarns; research and development; and associations and trade publications. Expected visitors will include import/export company representatives, wholesalers and distributors, academic and research and development professionals, and end-users and buyers, among others.

Cinte Techtextil China will fill 9,000 square meters of space at INTEX Shanghai. As of TW 's press time, 2004 attendance projections were not available. In 2002, 214 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions showed their products and services to 5,215 visitors from 42 countries and regions - a 75-percent increase over the 2000 show.

The exhibition will encompass the following technical textile and nonwovens application areas:
•    Agrotech - textile and composite materials used in agriculture and forestry, animal husbandry, fences, and gardening and landscaping;
•    Buildtech - textile and composite materials used in the construction of buildings, bridges, dams, roads and tunnels;
•    Clothtech - functional components of clothing and footwear including interlinings, insulation materials, sewing threads and waddings;
•    Geotech - woven and nonwoven textiles used by the civil engineering industry to provide support, stability, separation and drainage at or below ground level;
•    Hometech - textiles used in furniture, upholstery and interior furnishing, carpet, and floor covering applications;
•    Indutech - textiles used in applications such as filtration, cleaning, mechanical engineering, chemical industry, electrical industry, seals and sound-insulation;
•    Medtech - textile materials used in consumer and medical health and hygiene applications;
•    Mobiltech - textile materials and products used in transportation-related applications including automotive, aerospace, rail, shipbuilding, motorcycles, bicycles, air bags and tires;
•    Oekotech - textile materials and products used in environmental protection, recycling and waste disposal applications;
•    Packtech - textiles used for the temporary containment, carriage, storage and protection of industrial, agricultural and other goods;
•    Protech - textile and composite materials used in protective clothing and other protective structures and coverings; and
•    Sporttech - textiles used in sports and leisure applications.

The exhibition will include several national pavilions in which companies from each country may exhibit as a group. China, Germany and Canada are among those countries that will offer pavilions.

Notable Shanghai landmarks include the 5.1 mile-long Nanpu Bridge — the second-longest cable-stayed suspension bridge in the world.

Symposium Offerings
Application areas to be emphasized in symposium presentations include Agrotech, Buildtech, Medtech, Mobiltech and Protech.

A particular emphasis is applications and development of architectural membranes, which will be the subject of the International Conference on Fiber-Reinforced Membrane Technology and Structures, organized by the China Textile International Exchange Centre, to take place within the symposium. Membrane structures already encompass more than 2 billion square meters of sporting and leisure arenas and other architectural structures in China, and annual growth in this category is projected at 30 percent. Such structures will be used as stadiums, transport terminals and hotels at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

June 2004