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China's CITME Success

9th CITME had record-breaking numbers of visitors and exhibitors.

TW Special Report


Chinese government officials including Du Yuzhou (far right), president, China National Textile Industry Council; and Hao Jianxiu (fourth from right), former minister of textile industry, toured the exhibition floor on the opening day of CITME 2004.

T he number of visitors and exhibitors at the ninth edition of the China International Textile Machinery Exhibition (CITME) surpassed even organizers' expectations. Held recently over five days at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing, CITME 2004 attracted more than 1,000 companies from more than 20 countries and regions that exhibited within 60,000 square meters of show floor space.
An additional 8,000 square meters of temporary show space had to be constructed to accommodate these record-breaking numbers. Organizers of the show -  the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Sub-Council of Textile Industry, China International Exhibition Center Group Corp., and the China Textile Machinery and Accessories Association - reported nearly 50,000 registered attendees from more than 50 countries.

Jenson Mai (left) and Raffaele Micheletti, Jakob Muller Hong Kong China Ltd.

Strong Global Representation

The halls of CITME 2004 were organized by country instead of by machinery categories. China, of course, took up the largest area at the show. Hundreds of Chinese companies ranging from small-scale local firms selling to one region of China to major conglomerates that export internationally were spread throughout several halls. China Textile Machinery (Group) Co. Ltd. (CTMC), Chinas largest textile equipment enterprise, had an entire hall to itself in order to accommodate its 27 subsidiaries. CTMC companies displayed a total of 47 machines that attracted constant crowds, making this by far the most congested hall at the show.

Organizers reported that Germany had the largest foreign-country pavilion, taking up 2,400 square meters - an increase of 15 percent from the 2002 show and housing more than 60 German companies.

According to the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Textile Machinery Association, such numbers reinforce the fact that China has been the largest export market for German textile equipment three years in a row. Shipments to China represent about 26 percent of Germany's annual machinery exports.

An international presence also was shown by Italy, with 73 exhibiting companies; Korea, with 31 exhibiting companies; Japan, with 23 exhibiting companies; and the United Kingdom, with 13 exhibiting companies.

Left to right: Fabio Mazzucchetti, Promatech S.p.A.; Rino Morani, Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A.; Cavaliere Miro Radici, Itema Group; and Nicola Radici, Europe Yarn GmbH

Co-Located Seminar And Exhibition Added Value

Attendees at CITME 2004 took advantage of two co-located events. The fifth edition of the China International Textile Chemicals and Environmental Technologies Exhibition (CITCE) hosted more than 40 textile chemical suppliers from China, Germany, Japan, Korea and India, among other countries. CITCE 2004 exhibiting companies were grouped in close proximity so that CITME attendees could visit them conveniently.

The technical seminar series Using Technology to Improve the Industry, Cooperate to Create a Better Future attracted 25 China-based and international exhibitors, who used the show as a platform for networking new ideas and developments. Close to 2,500 people from a range of nations including India, Pakistan, Japan, Korea and Belgium attended the series' 27 seminars, which included presentations by Eduard Kusters Maschinenfabrik GmbH and Co. KG, Germany; Picanol NV, Belgium; Uster Technologies AG, Switzerland; Pacific Mechatronic (Group) Co. Ltd., Shanghai; and CTMC.

Continued Interest In Technology

China's growth as one of the leading markets for textile machinery is well documented. However, the continuation of this position is always a topic for debate, as many wonder how long the appetite for new textile technology can last. Moreover, how will the recent cooling policies of the government affect future investment ? Will the local equipment manufacturers begin a stronger directive towards the export of textile machinery?

For many European companies, the journey toward supply and manufacturing in China has been completed. Switzerland-based Rieter Textile Systems' head of marketing, Heiner Eberli, commented: "This CITME, we are exhibiting in the Chinese pavilion because Rieter has become an insider in China. We are manufacturing equipment outside of Shanghai in Changzhou, 200 kilometers north of Shanghai. We started with filament machinery and on the spun system, the RSB autoleveler draw frame. On the spun side, we continued with preparation-precleaner for the blowroom. The new BT201 was designed for China. This is the first step towards a complete Chinese blowroom line. We hope the Chinese customers take note of our continued commitment to China. Rieter also will open a Spin Center in Shanghai to showcase the R40 rotor-spinning machine, compact K44 ring-spinning machine, and draw frames. It also will show and demonstrate machinery at the center, and run 20 training courses for Rieter customers. "

Heiner Eberli (left) and Bo Michael Kristoffersen, future head of sales for China, Rieter Textile Systems, present the RSB-D35 draw frame.

CITME 2004 attendees and exhibitors questioned why Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A., Italy, would exhibit the FlexiRotorS 3000/DuoSpinner, a machine known for flexibility and automation, in China. Fulvio Galetto, area sales manager, explained: "This is the first showing in China, and this, in fact, is a section of a machine sold to Da Hai Cotton. 

"According to recent International Textile Manufacturers Federation data, China is becoming a very important open-end spinning market. There are two segments, often in the same plant, " he added, "one for export, which demands automation, and another for the local market, which can use manual equipment where the rotor speed is limited to 80,000 revolutions per minute (rpm)."

By way of explanation, manual piecing and doffing are possible if the rotor speed is less than 100,000 rpm. This means, according to Savio, that a 100-percent cotton Ne 6 to Ne 12 count yarn is possible. In order to achieve Ne 14 to Ne 24 counts, rotor speeds above 100,000 rpm are necessary, and thus demand automation.

"Our segment will be the greater-than-Ne 12 counts, where costs dictate the demand for automated piecing and doffing. In the lower-count areas, there are more copies of machinery. In the future, you will see a higher demand for automation and companies will invest," said Paolo Puntoni, manager, marketing and overseas branches.

With the full participation of weaving companies such as SMIT S.p.A., Italy; Lindauer Dornier GmbH, Germany; Itema Group, Italy; Tsudakoma Corp., Japan; and Picanol and the full range of technology from fiber through finishing, CITME 2004 reinforced the rise of China through aggressive capital spending. Regardless of the source of the available capital, China continues to invest in technically advanced manufacturing capabilities.

Left to right: Lutz Trutzschler, Heinrich Trutzschler and Michael Schurenkrr, Ph.D., Trutzschler GmbH and Co. KG 

CITME 2004's official opening took place during a banquet at the Great Hall of the People. Photographed by Du JunKey

CITME 2004 Opening Banquet

CITME 2004 was officially opened the evening of the first day of the exhibition during a banquet at the Great Hall of the People, one of Beijing's most recognizable landmarks. Hosted by show organizers, the banquet attracted more than 1,000 guests.

Chinese textile industry officials who attended the banquet included Xu Kunyuan, vice president, China National Textile Industry who commented in his speech that Chinas textile industry, though restructuring over the past several years, has developed rapidly and now is faced with a huge opportunity to play a key role in the world market. Kunyuan encouraged the industry to keep up the pace of technical revolution, in which events such as CITME have an important role to play. Following various speeches, guests were treated to a feast of Chinese delicacies, as well as a performance program that included martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese music performances, and a performance by dancers dressed in traditional Chinese tribal costumes.

January 2005