ITMA 2011 Sharpens Focus On Garment Making

16 March 2010 – With the textile and garment making industry undergoing tremendous change in the
light of globalisation and current economic challenges, CEMATEX is making a concerted effort to
support manufacturers with a solutions platform that will help the industry stay focused and

In line with this value proposition, the expanded product index of ITMA 2011 includes a
dedicated chapter on garment making technologies and machinery. Embroidery and braiding equipment
will also have their own separate chapters.

CEMATEX Secretary General Ms Maria Avery, said: “The ITMA brand was established in 1951, and
is very well known and respected in the classical textile machinery sector. Although we have always
showcased garment making machinery, we have greatly enhanced its profile for the 2011 show, adding
many new categories to our Index of Products and featuring the sector in our Forum which will take
place during the show.”With the industry keen on exploring end-to-end solutions, our ITMA show
provides a one-stop business platform for buyers and sellers to meet and discuss exciting

“In the past, sewing machinery and accessories were grouped together under the making-up
sector. With this re-classification, we are now ramping our efforts to engage major garment
industry players from around the world,” explained Ms Sylvia Phua, Chief Executive Officer, MP
International which is organising ITMA 2011.

Lauding this move, Mr. Rahul Mehta, President of the Clothing Manufacturers Association of
India (CMAI), stated: “In the midst of a more challenging global business landscape, CMAI is very
concerned about building the competitive advantage of our sector. Investing in more advanced
technology and more efficient solutions is the best way to boost our members’ productivity and

“Hence, an important objective of our association is to help Indian garment manufacturers
keep abreast of the latest technological developments in garment-making. Established industry
platforms like ITMA are very important and we are delighted to know that ITMA 2011 will focus its
attention on garment and textile processing machinery. We hope to encourage a large contingency of
our members to attend the show to source the latest machinery, and to meet and interact with
thought leaders.”

CMAI has been the leading pioneer and most representative association of the Indian apparel
industry for over four decades. It represents over 20,000 companies, including readymade garment
manufacturers, exporters, retailers and ancillary industry.Mr Benny Soetrisno, Chairman of
Indonesian Textile Association and Vice Chairman of ASEAN Federation of Textile Industries, said:
“While automation is not the primary answer to staying competitive, the impact of new technology on
industry development is not to be ignored. There is a wealth of resources available to help the
garment industry advance its level of technology. These resources include machinery manufacturers,
technology centres, educational institutions, and research organisations.

“Every ITMA showcase attracts leading machinery makers to launch their latest products, as
well as high-level industry professionals and researchers from all over the world. Therefore, it is
a useful one-stop shop for our industry members to know about new industry trends, and discover new
innovative solutions to help drive their business forward.”

ITMA 2011 has the support of all the world’s leading textile and garment machinery
associations.  Exhibits are classified into 17 separate chapters, including machinery and
accessories from the following sectors – spinning, winding and texturing, web formation, weaving,
knitting and hosiery, embroidery, braiding, garment making and textile processing, dyeing and
finishing, dyestuffs and chemicals, testing and measuring, software, recycling, logistics, plant
operations, research and education and other textile services. Some of the highlights of the show
are being launched as part of ITMA’s 60th anniversary celebration.

The event will be held at the modern Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía venue in Barcelona, Spain
from 22 to 29 September 2011.  The 100,000sqm net exhibition is expected to attract over 1,400
international exhibitors and over 120,000 trade visitors.To apply for space or for more information
on the exhibition, please visit

Posted on March 30, 2010

Press Release Courtesy of CEMATEX and MP International Pte Ltd.