The Rupp Report: ITMA 2007 Best Show Ever

On September 20, ITMA 2007 closed its
doors in Munich. Rarely, if ever, are so many things perfect like they were at this 15th ITMA. In
total, 1,451 companies from 38 countries – in displays covering 102,000 square meters of exhibition
space – presented their latest developments and technical innovations for the entire textile chain
to visitors and competitors.

Big Success

The globalization of the textile industry was impressively reflected at ITMA 2007. The
exhibition of textile machinery, held September 13-20, attracted 118,000 trade visitors from 149
countries to the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. Forty-five percent of the visitors were first time
ITMA attendees. Never before has ITMA attracted visitors from so many different countries.

The top 10 visitor countries were Germany, Italy, India, Turkey, Brazil, France,
Switzerland, Spain, Iran and Belgium. The interest from Central and South America also was
particularly strong — more than 4,500 trade visitors came from Brazil, more than 2,000 from
Argentina and more than 1,500 from Mexico. In total, ITMA 2007 attracted approximately 12,000
visitors from Central and South America.

More than 95,000 trade visitors came from abroad, representing more than 80 percent of the
visitor total. “This superb result for ITMA 2007 is a reflection of the excellent cooperation
between CEMATEX, VDMA and Messe München, as an international trade-fair organizer with a worldwide
sales network,” said Johann Philipp Dilo, managing director, Dilo Maschinensystem GmbH, Germany,
and VDMA president.

High Quality Standard Of Visitors

The record number of visitors is not the most pleasing point about the show. Much more
important, according to exhibitors interviewed by

Textile World
, is that the visitors were of extremely high quality and were from almost all important
textile markets of the world. An exhibitor survey conducted by the show organizers provided
evidence of the same results. More than 86 percent of the exhibitors mentioned the international
scope as “good” to “excellent”; more than 88 percent gave the same rating to the quality of

Five Hundred Visits A Day

One of the biggest exhibitors mentioned it had some 4,000 visits — technical discussions
with concrete requests — during the show. This is 500 conversations per day. It was mentioned in

interviews that these conversations often took place with the owner and the technical
director of the customer. This finally creates a meaningful conversation about product-oriented
projects, which is quite new to the traditional textile industry — but is common sense in the
technical textiles business.

Heinrich Trützschler, managing director of Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG
Textilmaschinenfabrik, and chairman of the ITMA Committee, said: “ITMA is the leading trade fair
for textile machinery manufacturers. We have found that at this fair, visitor quality is really
superb, from all over the world. And we get to talk to some really top people here, whom you rarely
get to see. It all went extremely smoothly.”

Challenge For Barcelona

In the last Rupp Report, the question was asked if CEMATEX members will unite to support an
ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, or will the disagreement continue and limit the ability for 2011 to be the
next strong ITMA in Europe? After interviewing many exhibitors in Munich, this question is not even
an issue anymore. The decision was made, and exhibitors are willing to make the best of it. And —
but this is common sense — quantity does not always mean quality. Now it’s up to the organizers of
ITMA 2011 in Barcelona to maintain the level of success experienced in Munich. Servus Munich,
Buonas Dias, Barcelona.

September 25, 2007