Hosting nearly 2,600 exhibitors from 17 countries and over 80,500 buyers, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition was a hybrid event this year with its online event being as well appreciated as its physical fair.
Focus on innovative themes
Held from March 17 – 19, 2021, the event focused on themes like an increase in innovative products resulting from the pandemic, the benefits for both domestic and international companies to have an in-person event, encouraging prospects in the Chinese market as it continues to rebound, and hope that more of the main textile markets will do the same as 2021 progresses.
Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) elaborated, “It was pleasing to see the number of exhibitors showcasing new products in response to the pandemic, particularly in the Functional Lab and All About Sustainability zones. And there are many positive signs and belief from participants here this week that the postpandemic recovery in China will maintain its strength this year.” She hoped that the Autumn edition to be held in August this year in Shanghai will gather more of the global industry.
Exhibitors at the fair
A few of the exhibitors at the fair included Alumo AG from Switzerland, with their Alumo & weba brands collaborated with HeiQ Viroblock to apply antibacterial and antiviral technology into their fabrics.
Biella Manifatture Tessili from Italy showcased their Defender collection which uses ViralOff technology to reduce the instance of viruses by 99 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hansk New Materials presented their health protection, hygiene protection and antiinsect collections, while Successori Reda from Italy, a manufacturer of sustainable pure Merino wool fabrics, created their S/S 2022 collection in a fully digital manner so as to ensure greater waste reduction.
Fringe program focuses on innovation and sustainability
This edition’s fringe program featured a number of events touching on innovation and sustainability, as well as opportunities in the current market climate, while the themes in the fair’s ever-popular Intertextile Directions Trend Forum were heavily influenced by how society’s model is being challenged by the pandemic. Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics was once again held alongside Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, Yarn Expo Autumn, CHIC and PH Value.