Exhibitors and Visitor Numbers Remain the Same as 2016. The numbers of visitors and exhibitors remained roughly the same as in 2016 but the demographics have shifted to Cinte Techtextil China visitors becoming more international. Exhibitors totaled 480 from 22 countries and regions vs. 480 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions in 2016. Overseas visitors, however, rose 8% even though the overall visitor numbers only rose slightly.
Overseas exhibitors like Dr. Marina Crnoja-Cosic, Head of Business Management of Lenzing (Austria) expressed satisfaction with the show: "For Cinte Texhtextil, we exhibit here specifically to find new clients for technical applications, and the fair is effective for this."
Jacob Key, Sales & Marketing Representative of Easychem Co. Ltd. (Korea), said during the show: "We are very satisfied as we've had many potential customers visit our booth. About 95% of them are new to us."
Gerhard Mangold, Deputy General Manager, FPC, Saudi Arabia, reported: “This is our first time at the fair, and we’re here to build a customer base, seek distribution partners and find raw material suppliers. I can say already it’s been worthwhile for us to exhibit here. The buyers have been qualified, focused and know what they want, and we will be able to generate new business from the fair. The feeling I get here is the Chinese market is very open, especially to imports.”
Posted September 13, 2018
Last week I attended the Cinte Techtextil China 2018 show in Shanghai. Show numbers have not yet been officially announced by Messe Frankfurt Hong Kong, a co-organizer of the event. Based on my look over, I would expect the announced attendance should be 13,500 - 14,000, about the same as in 2016.
Now when show numbers are flat I'm a bit cynical as organizers almost always say the quality of the visitors is better than the past event -- as was the case during the event managers press conference after the second day. However, in talking with exhibitors, in this case I have to agree with show management. Every exhibitor I spoke with said the quality of visitors was better than in 2016. The show aisles were never crowded but they always had steady traffic during the first 2 days.
Holding down the attendence were perhaps 3 factors: 1) The domestic textile industry is experiencing a slow down in many markets; 2) The upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 textile machinery show also is in Shanghai in a few weeks; and, 3) The sudden sharp increase of polyester fiber in China has caused a number of domestic-textile making operations to close down temporarily. Still, international exhibitors like Picanol and the coordinator of the German pavillion reported excellent visits.
Impact of the Trade Dispute
The US/China trade dispute which has resulted in a tariff being applied to almost every textile material being exported from China to the US was naturally of concern to Chinese exhibitors. However, it hasn't yet affected the production, nor resulted in any action or pull back.
The first test of the restrained tariff reaction may well be the IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas, USA. According to Xie Bing, Vice President of The Sub-Council of Textile Industry of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, there will be 58 Chinese companies exhibiting at the IFAI Expo taking place October 16-18, the second largest contingent after the US. This represents about 15% of the total estimated 360 companies participating in 2018. None of the companies have indicated they intend to cancel their partipation.
[Part 2 on the Cinte Techtextil China 2018 report will be available tomorrow.]
Posted August 28, 2018
Cinte Techtextil China opens its doors next week, with around 480 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions preparing for another successful showcase of the world’s leading textile innovations. Leading international and domestic brands will feature in halls N1 – N3 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 4 – 6 September, making Cinte Techtextil the ideal place to make connections and gain insight into Chinese and Asian market trends.
The technical textile industry in the Asia region, and China in particular, has been growing steadily and is predicted to continue doing so. China’s total output of technical textiles and nonwoven products is estimated to account for 30% of global production by 2020, and double that of 2013. This high potential for growth, achieved through investments worth billions of dollars, has drawn attention from European exhibitors, who are set to travel to the region for Cinte Techtextil.
This year’s European Zone will feature around 30 exhibitors from countries including Austria, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, while further exhibitors can be found in national pavilions from Belgium, Germany and Italy. In addition to this, the Czech Republic will present its debut pavilion, showcasing exhibitors with solutions for technical yarn, fabric processing and nonwoven fabrics.
In addition to this, exhibitors from 12 more countries and regions will present their latest innovations to the market. These include domestic and international exhibitors from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the US.
Belt and Road: a success story for Buildtech
Following higher regulations and quality standards that aim to exceed Western levels, demand is high in China for production machinery. What’s more, with the national nonwovens market displaying particularly fast growth, Cinte Techtextil has attracted some of the world’s leading nonwoven and weaving machinery brands.
The fair will showcase leading global exhibitors across 12 application areas. Two areas to watch out for include Buildtech and Mobiltech, which are both performing well in Asia and specifically in China. The Belt and Road initiative brings Buildtech a great deal of benefits through China’s enormous investments in global infrastructure. Adding to this, China’s automobile production has been increasing 3% year-on-year, with particularly high growth seen in new-energy vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles. China has become the world’s largest auto producer, and this has been boosting progress in the Mobiltech category.
Cinte Techtextil fringe programme a hub of industry insight
A comprehensive fringe programme will keep Cinte Techtextil fairgoers up to date with industry news, with standout events including the 7th China International Nonwovens Conference. Focusing on the global nonwovens industry, topic highlights include the latest innovations in China’s nonwovens industry, an insight into the North American nonwovens market, future trends in the global hygiene product market, and more. The conference will also discuss innovations and developments in filter materials and the wipe industry.
The first day of the fringe program will see a panel discussion in hall N1, moderated by the Taiwan Technical Textiles Association (TTTA), with confirmed panelists including DuPont, IBENA Textilwerke and SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services. The panel will focus on current trends, developments and standards in the protective textile industry.
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to provide an exclusive interview with Li Lingshen, Ph.D., Vice President of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, and President of the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, the overseeing organization for the technical textiles industry in China. Click here to read the interview.
IFAI Expo 2018 was the first show under IFAI's new CEO/President Steve Schiffman. In a quick conversation on the first day, Mr. Schiffman thought event attendance was on target with the expectation of a 500 increase over the 4500 total participants (counting both exhibitors and visitors) they had in 2017 in New Orleans. Similarly, a conversation with one of the managers of ACMA, a partner in CAMX, said their pre-registration had already topped the 6500 they had last year in Orlando. (Keep in mind, though, the 2017 CAMX show had to be rescheduled from September to December because of Hurricane Irma.) Click here to read more about the shows. Posted October 19, 2018
Positive Reviews but Still Uncertainty. On November 16, 2018, two of the US textile industry associations testified before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in a special hearing to determine the economic impact of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The leaders of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) provided statements on how they feel the new agreement will affect their member companies.
The two organizations clearly have different biases; however, in looking over the AAFA and NCTO statements, it appears to me that while the organizations both clearly said they were not offering an endorsement yet of the agreement, they gave general overall approval for USMCA, acknowledging the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needed updating. Both organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude to more fully look at how the agreement impacts the complex supply chain of textiles and apparel. [Click here to continue.]
Posted November 21, 2018
NAFTA Replacement Agreement Negotiated. On October 1, President Donald Trump announced the US, Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement whichreplaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect in 1994. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions and language that has an impact on the technical textiles industry; the most important are 1) a special section covering textiles and apparel and 2) rules of origin that will require 75% of automotive content (under NAFTA 62.5%) be made in North America. Mexico and Canada are the two largest importers of US made technical textiles and the automotive industry is the largest intended end market of these technical textiles. Click here to go to the United States Trade Representative's website and read the "Textiles and Apparel Goods" chapter. Posted October 3, 2018
Are you looking for a quick understanding of the China technical textiles industry? Through our special relationship with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and their China Textile publication, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to post the English-translation of the recently issued "Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry, 2017." The report covers the different levels of the industry, geographic export demographics, and forecast the needs in the major end market applications. Click here to read the report in our China Textile website section. Posted June 18, 2018
I am pleased to announce the second part of my report 2018 State of the U.S.Technical Textiles Industry has been published by Textile World magazine.
This first part features a general industry overview, plus an evaluation of the status and impact of US trade positions.
The second part, featured in the April/May issue will cover major end markets for technical textiles such as automotive and military.
Click here to go to the Textile World website to download a copy.
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