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.
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Posted January 7, 2020
The historic political fight in Washington may actually benefit the US technical textiles industry in 2020.
In more "normal" times, even with bipartisan support of trade deals and building legislation, it's a slow process to get something done in Washington. In a funny way, under the current polar vortex called impeachment, things may actually get done faster. President Donald Trump wants to show he is still able to carry out his campaign promises and impeachment is not hindering his ability to administer. The Democrats, fearful of a bogged down impeachment process that could wear down their public support, are eager to show they can also get something done and avoid a blame they are only consumed with getting rid of the president.
Thus, you see both sides touting what's in the United States/Mexico/Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is focused on the impact of what the agreement means in terms of fiber and yarn sourcing; however, I am more interested in the end product markets that benefit from the trade agreement. In the USMCA, the amount of material made in North America that goes into a vehicle increases significantly. The largest single end-market for technical textiles is the automotive industry. The USMCA means more products like headliner material, airbags and seatbelts, acoustical and vibration dampening, carpeting, composites and industrial hoses will be needed. USMCA is a terrific win for the many smaller technical textile parts makers in the US.
As for infrastructure, the current authorization, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, expires at the end of 2020. President Trump wants more than $1 trillion to help fix the country's roads and bridges. There is a bipartisan support for the new legislation because it's passage will benefit so many states. The winners for us? It would hands-down be the geosynthetics industry, as well as those who make construction-used products like tarps and protective covers, and personal protection gear.
So, expect to see some things getting accomplished in Washington in 2020. It is an election year and never underestimate the self-preservation instincts of a politician.
Posted January 7, 2020
December 3, 2019
Thanks to the BeaverLake6 Report's arrangements with China Textile magazine and the China Nonwoven & Industrial Textile Association (CNITA), we have received the report "A Brief Analysis of Economic Operation of the Industrial Textile Industry in the First Half of 2019" writtened by CNITA's market research department.
In the first half of 2019, China's economy faced a complicated development environment. Issues such as the downturn in automotive demand and the US/China trade dispute are having an impact. Production is still growing but the markets are relatively flat. Click here to read the entire report in the China section. Posted
November 24, 2019
The second edition of the Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium (EAGS 2019) was held November 18-19, 2019 in Beijing, China. Many of the leading experts in geosynthetics delivered presentations. Ms. Flora Zhao, the director of the editorial department for China Textile magazine, has given us an extensive review of the symposium program. Click here to go to our China section to read her report.
The IFAI Expo 2019 was held last week in Orlando, Fla., USA. The exhibition was a smaller event than in years past but it still remains a powerful showcase of industry products. In the Special Report section, you will find analysis of the show, plus news that comes from the Industrial Fabrics Association International's Annual Meeting and the winners of the International Achievement Awards. Click here to read the articles. Posted October 10, 2019
In 2018, China's industrial textile industry maintained a relatively rapid growth. The year, though, also found more complex challenges for the industry, including the tariff issues with the US. Thanks to BeaverLake6 Reports' exclusive arrangement with China Textile magazine, we are presenting the English-translated version of the final 2018 report written by the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textile Association (CNITA). The report included information on fiber and material production, plus selected large end-product markets. Click here to read the report. Posted September 3, 2019
NCTO Members Testifying at US International Trade Commission. Surprisingly, there appears to be a little worry the announced new US tariffs on China (Section 301) may be reaching too far with its scope. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), which has been firmly behind most of the textile-tariffs against China over the last year, is expressing concern the new Tranche Four retaliatory tariffs may affect US imports on products needed by the US domestic textile industry.
[Read the rest of my editorial that takes NCTO to task for its hypocritical "moral" argument supporting the proposed additional products but excluding its industry's suppliers by clicking here.]
Posted June 17, 2019
Despite the increasingly complex industry demands, the Chinese technical textiles market was relatively stable. Nonwovens output increased over last year. Key specific markets such as tire cord also increased in 2018 over 2017. Overall operating income for industrial textiles used in China reached $34 billion. Click here to read the complete summary provided to BeaverLake6 Report by China Textile magazine through our exclusive relationship. Posted February 15, 2019
INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has issued its final report on IDEA19. The event held March 25-27, 2019 in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, attracted 6,500+ participants and 509 exhibiting companies from 75 countries. Show floor space was a record 168,600 square feet, a 9% increase over the previous show.
Surprisingly, the people and exhibitor participation figures are not record numbers. The IDEA16 show in Boston, Mass., USA, attracted 7000+ and 555 exhibitors.
So, why was participation down this year from IDEA16? I think an explanation for the decline is the South Florida location of IDEA19. Click here to read more.
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.
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 read more.
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.
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