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ITM 2024 breaks record with over 66,000 visitors

Istanbul showcase brings vitality to textiles industry with global visitors from 99 countries.

11th June 2024

Knitting Industry
 |  Istanbul

Knitted Outerwear, Technical Textiles

ITM 2024 Exhibition, one of the most important meeting points of the world’s textile technology leaders, has ended with great success. Hosting 66,200 professional visitors and investors from 99 different countries, the exhibition brought vitality with machine sales and billion-euro business volume during its five days.

The show was held in partnership with Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık Yapım Inc. and Teknik Fairs Inc. and in cooperation with Textile Machinery and Accessories Industrialists Association (TEMSAD), was held at Tüyap Fair and Congress Center from 4-8 June 2024. ITM 2024, which was held in 13 halls in an area of 120 thousand square metres, broke new records with the number of exhibitors and visitors as well as machine sales. 1385 companies and company representatives from 71 countries participated in the event, which was visited by 66,200 people from 99 countries, 45% from abroad and 55% from Turkey itself.

Visa liberalisation increases country diversity

ITM 2024 hosted thousands of visitors from all over the world due to Istanbul's ease of transportation and the absence of visa problems. Organisers say that holding ITM 2024 in Istanbul provided an ideal environment for global collaborations by increasing visitor diversity.

© ITM Exhibition

While Turkey stands out as an important market in the textiles industry, this diversity further reinforced the strategic importance of the exhibition. Exhibitors expressed their satisfaction for meeting their customers from countries that cannot go to exhibitions in Europe, especially due to visa problems. Professional visitors and investors from countries such as Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Mongolia, Tuvalu, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Mongolia and Mongolia once again demonstrated the global attractiveness of the exhibition.

Machine sales and new collaborations signed

ITM 2024 Exhibition has once again reinforced its leading position in the sector with the wide range of opportunities offered to its visitors and exhibitors. The companies participating in the exhibition both strengthened their existing business relations and created new business opportunities.

© ITM Exhibition

From the first day of the show, exhibitors were flooded with visitors, made machine sales and signed important collaborations. This dynamic environment created a great vitality not only for the exhibitors but also for the textile machinery industry, which has been experiencing a pause since September 2022. During the 5-day exhibition, the machinery sales and collaborations created a total business volume of more than EUR 1.5 billion, according to the organisers, an enormous trade volume which plays an important role in accelerating the sector and the economy.

Latest innovations

“ITM 2024, which was organised this year with the motto ‘Discover the Future’, turned into a textile feast with the participation of hundreds of manufacturers developing leading technologies in the field and the visit of global investors and trade delegations,” a spokesperson for ITM siad.

Visitors had the chance to closely follow new developments in the sector viewing the latest technologies and innovations exhibited during the exhibition. Company owners, managers, employees and sector representatives who visited the exhibition had the opportunity to see the latest technological innovations for the first time and witnessed world launches.

“Visitors to the ITM 2024, where innovations from every field of textile from weaving to knitting, from yarn to digital printing, from finishing to denim were exhibited; discovered innovative, nature-protecting, pioneering technologies in digitalisation for a sustainable future. Company owners, who were able to get information from experts about the technologies they will use in their factories, determined the road map for their new investments,” the ITM spokesperson said.

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Stating that they have achieved sales far above their expectations since the first day of ITM 2024 Exhibition, many company officials have already booked their places in ITM 2026 Exhibition.

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