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Yarn Expo Autumn wraps up with 501 exhibitors

Asia’s leading trade platform for the yarn and fibre industry attracted over 19,000 visitors last month.

1st November 2018

Knitting Industry
 |  Shanghai

Knitwear, Knitted Outerwear, Collections, Colours & Trends

More exhibitors than ever joined Yarn Expo Autumn 2018, which was held concurrently with ITMA Asia + CITME from 15-17 October at the National Exhibition Convention Centre (Shanghai). The show welcomed 501 suppliers from 14 countries and regions, with new countries to the show including France.

This international diversification, as well as strong domestic numbers, demonstrated Yarn Expo’s increasing recognition as a top show in the industry. What’s more, almost 80% of exhibitors were returning from successful past editions, showing their support of the fair, organisers report.

“Although Yarn Expo was unable to be held concurrently with Intertextile Apparel this year, more industry players recognise this fair as a top show for yarn and this is why the turnout remained very strong,” explained Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK).

“Our product range was more diverse than ever as exhibitors increasingly see China as the ideal market to introduce their latest innovations. For example, this year we’ve welcomed premium French linen and advanced Italian chemical fibres. Yarn Expo is a platform that promises to gather all of the top suppliers under one roof for genuine buyers.”

With demand rising within the Chinese market for fancy and specialty yarns, suitable for stand-out fashion trends, the trade potential for this product category was high. Business for eco-friendly and natural yarns was also reported to remain steady this edition, reflected by the India Pavilion which increased in size by around 40% this year.

Yarn Expo Autumn attracts quality suppliers from around the world. © Messe Frankfurt / Yarn Expo Autumn edition

“We are using Yarn Expo as a platform for brand exposure. We have a very good feeling about the demand for premium products in China. Yarn Expo has many more quality visitors in comparison to other fairs. We have had a very positive experience and will certainly return,” said Hervé Denoyelle, Business Development Manager, Safilin, France.

“The participation in the India Pavilion has been quite good this year, all of the leading Indian companies are here, and we are occupying much more space. It’s important to be here, the fair reflects market demand, and everybody comes here twice a year. We see a lot of potential growing in China,” commented Dr Siddhartha Rajagopal, Executive Director, Texprocil (India Pavilion organisers).

Yarn Expo Autumn is Asia’s leading trade platform for the yarn and fibre industry, with quality suppliers from around the world showcasing natural and blended yarns including cotton, wool, flax, and man-made fibres and yarns, as well as specialty products including elastic, fancy and blended yarns. Last year’s Autumn Edition attracted 493 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, and 17,185 trade buyers from 84 countries and regions.

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