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29th March 2016, Shanghai

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics reports increase in number of visitors

The economy was the leading topic this month as the latest Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition that took place against a backdrop of uncertainty in the global textile industry.

While some in the industry are feeling the impact of China’s slowdown, many international exhibitors at the fair reported little or no impact from the economic situation, organisers report. “We expected sentiment to be down somewhat this year, but we were pleasantly surprised by the relative optimism from exhibitors and buyers by the end of the fair,” commented Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK).

The China International Trade Fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories took place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), from 16-18 March. © Messe Frankfurt/Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition

“It is reasonable to say the industry in China is going through a period of change but it is far from in decline, with the development and growth of this fair over the last year a strong indicator of this. We need to keep things in perspective as well: with overall growth remaining above 6% for the foreseeable future, this will still present many opportunities for overseas suppliers in China.”

New attendance record

The visitor figure rose once again, the third consecutive increase since the Spring Edition’s move to Shanghai in 2014, according to organisers.

The new record set was over 71,000 buyers (which includes buyers from the concurrent Yarn Expo, CHIC and PH Value fairs who also entered the Intertextile Shanghai halls), a roughly 13% increase compared to 2015 (62,649).

The visitor figure rose once again, the third consecutive increase since the Spring Edition’s move to Shanghai in 2014. © Messe Frankfurt/Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition

“We weren’t expecting such strong growth in the buyer figure this year given the macroeconomic climate, however the more than 500 extra exhibitors (total: 3,155 from 27 countries and regions) would have played a part in the increase,” said Ms Wen.

Future

Across various product categories, exhibitors in the International Hall were cautious yet positive about the Chinese and wider textile industry in the coming year.

Explaining that the company’s regular buyers had already placed orders and it had received many new enquiries as well, Mr Jose Maria Loren from Spain’s Luca Cuccolini, an accessories supplier, commented: “We don’t think the economy will affect us much. This exhibition is good to attract buyers not just from China, but also Asia, so it helps us to sell our products throughout the region.”

French company Malhia Kent was also optimistic about the future. “The high end of the market will always be resilient here; it’s slowed down recently but it’s not getting worse,” explained Mr Aris Arakelian, Commercial Manager. “We received one big order and a few others on the first day of the fair, and our turnover in China has been very good.”

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