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Experience ITMA 2007

The International Exhibition Of Textile Machinery aims to set new standards in machinery, accessories and research presentation.

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A s the textile industry continues to evolve, so also do the textile fairs that serve the industry. Global exhibitions such as the American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International® (ATME-I®), the Osaka Textile Machinery Show (OTEMAS), China International Textile Machinery Exhibition (CITME) and International Exhibition of Textile Machinery (ITMA) Asia — to mention a few of the most prominent shows held over the years — have been focal points of many a textile executive’s calendar. These shows have promised displays of the latest textile innovations, and presented opportunities for global sales to customers new and old. But, as the textile industry has changed, so have textile fairs. Some have closed. Some have consolidated.

Only the European edition of ITMA — held every four years since 1951, and in recent years typically attracting well over 100,000 visitors and more than 1,300 exhibitors at each show — remains steadfast and unchanged in its quest to provide a comprehensive overview of the international textile industry. ITMA 2007 will be held September 13-20 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany.

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The New Munich Trade Fair Centre features 17 halls
covering 180,000 square meters of exhibition space.

ITMA Innovations
The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), which owns the show; organizer Messe München GmbH; and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Textile Machinery Association see ITMA 2007 as “The Place for Innovation” and have made several changes to the show’s format to keep up-to-date with industry demand and technological trends.

ITMA 2007 will feature an enlarged index of products that will comprise a wider variety of machinery and accessories in all sectors. The show’s offerings include machinery, equipment, and auxiliary machinery and accessories for the following sectors: spinning preparation, man-made fiber production and spinning; winding, texturing and twisting; nonwoven and felting web formation, bonding and finishing; weaving preparation, weaving and tufting; knitting and hosiery; braiding and embroidery; washing, bleaching, dyeing, printing, drying, finishing, cutting, rolling and folding; making-up; laboratory testing and measuring; transport, handling, storing and packing; and recycling, waste reduction and pollution prevention. Offerings also include design, data-monitoring, processing and integrated production software; and associated textile and making-up equipment and services.

Optimized integration of nonwovens technology between the spinning preparation and finishing halls will enable visitors to see this technology at its most relevant. The nonwovens area will occupy two halls and will be 50-percent larger than at ITMA 2003 — when it debuted and occupied just one hall — and will include new machine categories such as aerodynamic web formation and other special warp knitting and weaving machines for the production of technical textiles.

The accessories and spare parts sector has been restructured so that all measuring and testing systems are listed separately for each sector.

Textile machinery that used to be listed under “Other” is now listed separately in all sectors.

Radio frequency identification systems have been integrated into the product index for the first time, as have transportation and storage technology, management software systems, and safety engineering products and equipment — which include protective clothing and hearing equipment and safety-related machine components.

Organizers also have color-coded the different halls according to specific sector, making it easier for visitors to quickly find their areas of interest.

Registration Reflects State Of Industry
Companies from Asia — in particular, those from Japan, India and China — have already registered for more exhibition space than they used at ITMA 2003 — a statistic that reflects that region’s booming industry growth. Japanese companies will occupy an area 200-percent larger than they occupied at ITMA 2003. The number of Chinese exhibitors has doubled since the last show; Indian companies will also have a greater presence in terms of both numbers and floor space occupied.

Turkish exhibitors have registered for 10-percent more space than they occupied at the show in 2003, and comprise one of the largest contingents of exhibitors outside Western Europe — a fact that strongly reflects the unprecedented growth in that nation’s apparel and textile industries during the last decade.

Research And Education Area Premieres
ITMA 2007 will feature the premiere of the Research and Education Area, 600 square meters of centrally located exhibition and lounge space devoted to presentations from research institutes for textiles and apparel, and educational organizations and institutions. Organizations from Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and India have already registered. The area will serve as a more intimate venue for displaying research results, services, and process and product advancements, as well as educational and continued training offers. A Speakers Corner will enable industry experts from the area to present current projects for textiles and apparel.

Visitor Services
ITMA organizers will offer a range of services during the exhibition to make it as pleasant an experience as possible. A Visitor Information System consisting of 72 touch-screen information terminals will be available on the trade fair grounds, and will provide exhibitor information including hall and booth numbers and full company profile.

An audio guide will be available to rent for a fee of 10 euros (US$13.78) at the West, East and North entrances to the show. The guide will provide information about innovations and developments from an array of exhibitors. An accompanying leaflet will give a description of participating businesses including code numbers and booth locations.

The exhibition site also offers a moving transport system to help visitors efficiently cover the 180,000 square meters of exhibition space, restaurants, snack bars, cafes, bakeries and prayer rooms for all denominations. Event organizers have made a special effort to accommodate Muslim visitors during Ramadan. Jewish visitors will be provided opportunities to celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

Those with ITMA visitor badges may use all public transport operated by the Munich Transport and Tariff Association or Münchner Verkehrsverbund (MVV) — including underground, local railway, tram, bus and airport shuttle — free of charge during the fair.

ITMA.com
ITMA organizers have created comprehensive websites that cover every aspect of the show. The main website, www.itma.com, provides visitors and exhibitors links to basic information about the show including online registration and an updated exhibitors database; resources for getting to and staying in Munich, as well as sightseeing opportunities; archived press releases; newsletter registration; an ITMA history section; and contact information for show organizers and supporting associations. The site is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Czech, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese, Farsi, Korean and Chinese.

A free service located via the www.my.itma.com link on the ITMA homepage, enables visitors to organize their visit to ITMA. The service provides an exhibitor database from which users may select and note companies as contacts, and then save them under a user profile for later access.

Users may also send out a variety of messages, including e-mails to contacts, meeting requests and Web page recommendations.

The service also offers a Calendar function and a Favourites category for further organizing contacts.



The Wies'n And Other Munich Attractions
Located in the foothills of the Alps, Munich, or the Monk Settlement, as it was first known, offers a range of sightseeing opportunities. Munich is home to Oktoberfest, arguably its most popular event, which originated in 1810, when city citizens were invited to attend festivities, including horse races, following the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Subsequent annual horse races, held in fields dubbed Theresienwiese, or Theresa’s Fields, have given rise to today’s festival featuring a variety of food and drink, plus music, dancing and fair rides held at the same locale — now referred to by locals as the Wies’n.

The festival traditionally attracts nearly 6 million visitors during its two-week run, making it the largest festival in the world. Oktoberfest 2007 will kick off Saturday, September 22, when the lord mayor of Munich will tap the first keg of specially brewed Oktoberfest beer, and will run through Sunday, October 7.

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Oktoberfest attracts nearly 6 million
visitors to Munich each year.

Munich also offers museums, churches, palaces and other cultural attractions. The Alte Pinakothek is an Italianate art palace containing European masterworks from the 14th through 18th centuries, including a vast collection of Peter Paul Rubens’ works. The Bavarian National Museum is devoted to the art, culture and history of southern Germany. The Deutsches Museum is one of the world’s largest science and technology museums, spread over 8 miles of exhibit space on eight floors. Munich’s oldest museum, the Glyptothek, houses Greek and Roman works of art collected by King Ludwig I during a trip to Italy.

The BMW Museum, scheduled in October to move from its temporary housing to more luxurious accommodations at the company’s headquarters in Munich, is currently located near the Olympic tower. The museum offers highlights of the company’s car and motorbike collections.

The Asamkirche, also known as the St. Johann Nepomuk Church, offers eye-catching architecture and art, while the Marienplatz offers good strolling opportunities through the center of the Altstadt, or Old City. Here visitors will find their choice of churches, cafes and beer gardens, including the popular Hofbräuhaus. The Glockenspiel carillon, at the center of the Neues Rathaus, or New Town Hall, features figures that come to life four times a day.

The Schloss Nymphenburg features exhibits of palace life, as well as gardens and museum exhibits. The Residenzmuseum highlights the lifestyles of the Wittelsbachs family, who ruled the city from the mid-13th until the 20th century, and offers portrait and porcelain galleries, an Asian collection, and theater.


For more information about ITMA 2007, contact 49 89 9 49 1 14 28; fax 49 89 9 49 1 14 29; visitor@itma.com; www.itma.com.
July/August 2007

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