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Fear, economic slowdown does not dampen Paris events

France is hosting two shows, Première Vision Paris and Texworld. Both end on February 18. Economic uncertainty and terror fears failed to dampen the mood on the first day of Première Vision Paris, with the textile show on track to attract 58,000 visitors across its three days.

Exhibitor numbers were also on the rise, climbing to 1,725 companies from 52 countries in the February 2015 edition of the show. On country basis, Italy led the way, followed by France, a growing contingent from Turkey, the UK and Spain. British mills have acquired a newfound confidence. There were many agents and customers looking for British fabrics, in particular, tailoring fabrics.

But the self-service ticketing system and heightened security measures slowed footfall into the halls. Texworld was quieter. China continued to dominate the 659 exhibitors at Texworld, with participation also strong from Hong Kong, Korea, Pakistan and India. There was a 30 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of exhibitors in the Apparel Sourcing section, taking the total in this area to 200 manufacturers.

Texworld is a very international show. Companies from the UK, Scandinavia, Spain, Greece, Poland and Russia participated. There were some people from the US but not as many as usual from Japan.