Organized by World Textile Information Network (WTiN) and sponsored by RICOH, rhe textile and apparel industry’s pioneering virtual trade show, Innovate Textile & Apparel, features over 160 exhibitors from 26 countries. The show went live on October 15 and will run until 30 October.
The Innovate Textile & Apparel virtual trade show provides an opportunity for companies from across the globe to showcase innovation in manufacturing technology and materials, network and forge new partnerships, while respecting travel bans and safety measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based around technology and materials, the event features manufacturers of textile technology as diverse as manmade fiber production through to garment assembly and finishing, alongside material producers for apparel, sportswear, personal protective equipment (PPE) through to smart fabrics.
With over 10,500 visitors from 50+ countries, the Innovate Textile & Apparel virtual trade show allows attendees to explore two virtual halls with separate but with interlinking themes: technology and materials. The Technology Hall will showcase technological innovations, textile machinery and software, whereas the Materials Hall will display innovations in fibers, yarns, fabrics and apparel.
Exhibitor’s virtual booths contain everything from videos of machines operating to fabric technical specifications, and booth visitors can make appointments or use a chat option to communicate with exhibitors. The platform allows for lead generation and visitor insight.
Besides a conference and a multitude of seminars, the event also hosts daily roundtable discussions with key industry figures across wide ranging topics from biodegradable materials, PPE, and sustainable finishing to reshoring, localized manufacturing and the digitalization of the textile & apparel value chain.
The event is sponsored by global technology company RICOH. The Innovate Textile & Apparel platform itself was designed and built by WTiN so that a customized, flexible experience can be provided to exhibitors and visitors, along with the best and most reliable technology.