Exhibitors have reported strong increases in the number of contacts and enquiries they received compared to last year at Intertextile Shanghai was held March 15 to 17, 2017. While the quality of buyers sourcing at the fair continues to increase, many exhibitors also said they received a healthy spread of buyers at their booths, both from China and key markets in Asia and Europe, and that a satisfying proportion of these buyers were new potential customers.
Exhibitor numbers grew by 5.9 per cent at this edition from 26 countries and regions. New exhibitor countries included Denmark, Malaysia and Poland. The top ten visitor countries and regions, excluding China, were Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, the US, Taiwan, India, Russia, Turkey, Indonesia and the UK.
Among the more than 71,000 trade buyers sourcing at this year’s fair were a number of well-known global brands taking advantage of the show’s product range. Part of the fair’s recent success has been its ability to evolve to meet the changing needs of the market. The number of exhibitors displaying functional fabrics nearly doubled this edition, mirroring the continued strong demand for functional fabrics both in China and elsewhere.
The fair’s Beyond Denim area also grew in size at this edition, further cementing its place as the leading sourcing event for denim fabrics in China.