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Milan To Host ITMA In 2015

The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), owner of the ITMA textile machinery exhibition, has announced that ITMA 2015 will be held at Fiera Milano in Milan, Italy. The quadrennial European exposition last convened in Italy in 1995.

ITMA 2007, held in Munich, Germany, filled some 102,000 square meters of exhibition space and drew around 120,000 visitors. ITMA 2011 will take place in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 22-29, 2011.

Sandro Salmoiraghi, president of ITMA 2015 host association, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), Milan, said ITMA is "a great event which represents a success for the whole textile machinery sector in Italy. This is a just recognition for a sector, represented by our Association, which has been a global leader in the production and exporting of textile machinery for years. It will be a great opportunity to reaffirm the quality of Italian products, which are well known for their high level of technology content, reliability and creativity."

Despite the recent global economic crisis, Italy's textile machinery sector has kept its world market share. In 2009, the sector generated revenues worth some 2 billion euros. Exports account for 78 percent of total sales and are shipped to 130 countries.

Salmoiraghi believes Milan's hosting of ITMA will positively affect Italy's textile sector overall. "In Italy, we can count on a textile industry which has stood up to the crisis and is evolving. Italian textile and fashion sector has a turnover of 46 billion euros, which is 28 percent of the European total in terms of revenues, and 43 percent in terms of companies involved. ITMA can represent a driving force for an even more profitable synergy between the various segments of entrepreneurs making up textile industry."

November/December 2010