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Sustainable solutions throughout the value chain will be a focus area
The world's largest international textile machinery exhibition, ITMA (Internationale Textilmaschinen Ausstellung), owned by CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has since its debut show in 1951, emerged as the Mecca for those in this field and associated technologies. The world's most comprehensive textile related exhibition, ITMA showcases the latest technology and is a hotspot for buyers and sellers from all over the world. This November, the ITMA grounds will see 1,600 exhibitors sprawl over 200,000 square metres. Charles Beauduin, the President of CEMATEX, speaks to Richa Bansal about what ITMA 2015 means in the current global scenario.
What new can one expect at the forthcoming edition of ITMA?
ITMA has been evolving with the industry and reinventing itself through the years to ensure that the platform remains relevant. As there is greater focus on sustainability in recent years, responsible sourcing and eco-friendly technologies will be a common trend seen at ITMA 2015.
CEMATEX also launched the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage and recognise outstanding industry members and post-graduate students for their contributions to the sustainable development of the global textiles and garment industry.
The product index has been expanded for the 2015 edition to feature printing as a separate chapter, bringing the total number of exhibit sectors to 19. Digital printing technologies will be more prominently featured in the showcase. The fibre & yarn sector has also been expanded to include a new sub-chapter on recycled fibres and yarns, in order to cater to the ever-growing segment and interest in sustainable raw materials.
There are more knowledge-sharing activities at ITMA 2015. Many of these events are organised in collaboration with leading industry partners. A new conference, the Nonwovens Forum, will be held on November 16. It is jointly organised by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, and MP Expositions, the ITMA 2015 organiser. The forum will feature topics on applications and technologies for nonwovens, and added value ingredients and finishings. Other complementary events include the 2nd World Textile Summit (November 13) and Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum (November 14).
Could you share figures on the kind of business transacted at ITMA? What has been the growth per cent over the last two editions, and what percent growth are you expecting this year?
The response from the industry has been very positive for the coming edition of ITMA; based on the number of exhibitors and exhibition size, the upcoming exhibition will be bigger than its 2011 showcase. Over 95 per cent of the exhibition space had been booked when space application closed in July last year. Due to overwhelming response, an 11th hall was added to accommodate the strong demand. Currently, we have 1,600 exhibitors from more than 40 countries.
What is the focus that one can expect at ITMA on green technologies across the textile value chain?
Technological innovations can go a long way in mitigating the main environmental issues - not just emissions but also pollution and excessive water use - faced by the textiles and garment industry, particularly in the dyeing and finishing, chemicals and colourants, and fibre and yarn sectors. ITMA 2015 will showcase an array of sustainable technologies.
These innovations can be found throughout the 19 chapters featured in the exhibition.
Among the examples are innovative waterless dyeing technology that uses recycled CO2 gas instead to permeate textiles with dyes, exciting new digital printing technologies, advanced dyestuffs with new formulations requiring less water, and even dyes based on biosynthetics derived from agricultural waste products which can help reduce the environmental impact of the industry.
In addition, to drive the agenda on sustainability in dyeing and finishing processes, several complementary events, such as the World Textile Summit and Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum will discuss issues on this important topic.
What will the focus be in terms of technical textiles? What are the benefits that the MoU with EDANA is expected to bring in?
Technical textiles is a very exciting growth segment. In recent years, there have been numerous developments in the technologies used to make technical textiles for a wide range of applications. These include, for example, use of nanotechnology to impart properties to textiles such as resistance to washing and abrasion, anti-friction, electrical conductivity or magnetic protection, and catalytic selfcleaning. Increasingly, the possibilities for technical textiles are expanding beyond the traditional coated fabrics and protective clothing, and we can expect to see some of the latest technologies in various product sectors at ITMA 2015.
The MoU between EDANA and MP Expositions, the organiser of ITMA 2015, is intended to support the organisation of the Nonwovens Forum. The full-day forum, themed 'Nonwovens: A World of Growth and Opportunities', will take place on November 16. Pierre Conrath, Sustainability & Public Affairs director of EDANA will give an introduction to the nonwovens industry.
The comprehensive programme will cover applications and technologies for nonwovens, and added value ingredients and finishing for nonwovens over two sessions, and end with a presentation by Jacques Prigneaux, Market Analysis and Economic Affairs director of EDANA, on trends and forecasts for the nonwovens industry, as well as a panel discussion. Industry members who are keen to find out more or attend the forum can find the details and online registration at www.itma.com.
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