Growing numbers for the year just ended of ITMA, the textile machinery show held November 12 to 19 in the past Fiera Milano Rho. The visitors in 2015, in fact, increased by 20% reaching € 123 thousand compared to 2011, in Barcelona, the previous edition of the fair four.
The traveling fair, now in its 17th edition, was the fifth time in Milan, but did not return to Italy for 20 years. The next edition, already scheduled June 20 to 26 2019, will be held instead in Barcelona.
The visitors came from 147 different countries. For 18% it was Italian, while 7% were German. Prominent figures also from India (9%), Turkey (8%), France, Spain, United States and Brazil.
Good premises with which ran the fair: 1,691 exhibitors from 46 countries, who have beaten the previous record of ITMA 2007 (1,451 from 38 countries), recording the highest participation of 64 years. Spread over an area of 180 thousand square meters, they have occupied an area 20% larger than the previous edition (2011). All the textile was represented: dyeing, finishing, spinning, weaving, knitting, hosiery and printing.
70% of the pavilions housed the countries represented in Cematex, the European association of manufacturers of textile machinery which owns the event, organized by the Singapore company MP Expositions. The country’s most prominent (in terms of area occupied) was Italy, followed by Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Outside Europe, the substantial presence of producers from Turkey, China, India and Japan.
This year’s theme was “Master the art of sustainable innovation” that led to the establishment of an award, ITMA Sustainable Innovation, won by Levi Strauss for the use of technology for washing denim NoStone of Vicenza Tonello. Adopted in the plant of Plock in Poland, NoStone allows the denim finishing without the use of pumice stone, which entails disadvantages in environmental and economic terms. Among the finalists it was also the Paduan Berto Textile industry, known for denim fabrics, which reduced water consumption thanks to Matex Eco Applicator of Monforts.