ITMA 2019 will be held from June 20 to 26 June at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. It will showcase latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain in 19 chapters. Besides machinery, exhibits will also include fibres, yarns and fabrics, as well as leasing and finance services. Underscoring its commitment to innovation, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) will continue to promote excellence in research and development at ITMA 2019. The CEMATEX Research & Innovation Grant will help defray participation cost of eligible educational and research organisations at the Research & Innovation (R&I) Pavilion by at least 50 per cent.
Fritz P. Mayer, President, CEMATEX which owns the ITMA exhibition, says, “Innovation has always been key to the global competitiveness and sustainability of textile and garment makers. Research and development plays a critical role to help the industry develop new competitive advantages.” He added, "ITMA is an ideal platform to foster collaboration among researchers, businesses and investors. An ITMA 2015 survey revealed over 90 per cent of the R&I exhibitors were able to establish new business relations and open up new markets.”
The R&I Pavilion will showcase cutting-edge textile and related research and development projects and encourage collaboration among companies, research centres and universities to develop novel materials and technologies to transform the textile, garment and fashion industry. The R&I Pavilion also provides an excellent platform for participating institutes and guest industry speakers to share their latest knowledge and projects at the Speakers Platform.
The Speakers Platform offers an additional channel to raise awareness of research projects and facilitate knowledge transfer. The Speakers Platform at the R&I Pavilion will feature 20-minute presentations based on following topics: Raw materials and manufacturing technology; Automation and digitalisation: Creating new opportunities in the textile and fashion industry;
Technical textile innovations and manufacturing technology; and Sustainable textile and garment manufacturing in the circular economy.