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ShanghaiTex 2009: A Successful Conclusion

Biennial textile machinery exhibition's exhibitors and visitors were pleased with the quality of this year's event.

TW Special Report

T he 14th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2009) was held June 12-15, filling 100,000 square meters of exhibit space at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) in Shanghai's Pudong district. Show organizers report more than 1,000 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions showed their products, technologies and services to 49,348 visitors from 40 countries and regions.

Reflecting the difficulties caused by the current global economic downturn, ShanghaiTex 2009 attracted considerably fewer exhibitors and visitors than the 2007 edition of the show, which drew more than 1,400 exhibitors and some 108,000 visitors. However, exhibitors at the 2009 event reported increased on-the-spot reserved sales, totaling 100 million renminbi, during the first two days of the show. Sales of printing and knitting machinery in particular were reported to be more active, with some exhibitors taking more orders than they had anticipated.

Exhibitors reportedly were pleased with the quality and professionalism of ShanghaiTex visitors, who likewise complimented the exhibitors. More than 90 percent of overseas buyers expressed satisfaction with the show.

"I am glad to see that the exhibition has been held continuously with quality of exhibitors becoming better and better, the products displayed are the latest ones, and exhibition service has been improving too," said Sam C.S. Hwa, president of Taiwan-based textile machinery spare parts supplier En-Hwa Industrial Co. Ltd. Hwa has attended every ShanghaiTex since its inception. "I always regard ShanghaiTex as one of the important events to visit and plan the visit one year ahead of the show!"

ShanghaiTex 2009 officials welcome exhibitors and attendees to the exhibition.

Concurrent Events

The China Textile Summit 2009, "Crisis & Opportunities," preceded ShanghaiTex on June 11. Long Yongtu, secretary general of the Boao Forum for Asia, discussed the economic situation in China and worldwide, and encouraged the textile industry to seize opportunities to transform itself and upgrade operations. Gao Yong, vice president of China Textile Industry Association and president of China Textile Machinery Association, analyzed current initiatives that can provide direction to the Chinese textile industry. The forum attracted nearly 700 attendees from 500 companies.

The China Textile Summit attracted nearly 700 attendees from 500 companies.

That evening, ShanghaiTex's 25th anniversary was celebrated during a dinner event attended by more than 1,000 industry representatives.

Fashion parades staged during ShanghaiTex presented new technologies from leading knitting machinery exhibitors. More than 20 technical seminars covered new textile technology developments.

ShanghaiTex 2009 sponsors include Shanghai Textile Holding (Group) Corporation, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai Sub-council and China Chamber of International Commerce Shanghai Chamber of Commerce. Show organizers include Shanghai International Exhibition Co. Ltd., Shanghai Textile Technology Service & Exhibition Center and Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. Additional support came from 16 Chinese provinces, and nearly 20 Chinese and overseas textile associations that organized buyers' delegations to attend the event.

September/October 2009