The combined ITMA and CITME shows were held in China, October 26 to 30, 2018. The exhibition welcomed over one lakh visitors from 116 countries and regions and recorded a 10 per cent increase in domestic visitors compared to the 2016 show. About 20 per cent of the visitors were from outside China. There was a large pool of qualified buyers.
Among overseas participants, Indian visitors topped the list, reflecting the strong growth of its textile industry. Following closely were trade visitors from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Bangladesh.
Leading textile machinery manufacturers from around the world attended the event. The combined shows offered a cost-effective platform for their products and services in Asia.
In a global market, textile makers are sourcing innovative solutions and upgrading their facilities. The drive for better technological solutions is expected to grow in Asia, especially China. Hence, leading brand names had a large presence at this event. The last such combined show in 2016 welcomed 1,673 exhibitors from 28 economies and had over 1,00,000 visitors from 102 countries.
To enhance the country’s position in the global value chain, China has drawn up a roadmap to upgrade industries through innovation. The strategy aims at driving manufacturers swiftly toward smart industrial production and value-added manufacturing.