At this year's show, the number of visits recorded a slight increase, totalling 13,203 from 55 countries and regions.
At this year's show, the number of visits recorded a slight increase, totalling 13,203 from 55 countries and regions.

From 4 – 6 September, leading innovations and technologies from around the world featured in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre for Cinte Techtextil China 2018. The exhibitor and visitor numbers may have remained roughly the same this edition, but exhibitors all agreed that quality over quantity matters. These exhibitors totalled 480 from 22 countries and regions (2016: 480, 26 countries and regions), including an 8% rise in overseas participants. The number of visits recorded a slight increase, totalling 13,203 from 55 countries and regions (2016: 13,085, 67 countries and regions).

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, the European Zone featured around 30 exhibitors from countries including Austria, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, while further exhibitors could be found in national pavilions from Belgium, Germany and Italy. Moreover, the Czech Republic presented 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 presented their innovations to the market. These include domestic and international exhibitors from China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, the US., Hong Kong region and Taiwan region.

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, the fair has attracted some of the world’s leading nonwoven and weaving machinery brands.

The fair showcased 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.

A comprehensive fringe programme kept the fairgoers up to date with industry news, including seminars.

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.

Fringe programme provides a hub of industry insight

A comprehensive fringe programme kept the 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 included the 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 also discussed innovations and developments in filter materials and the wipe industry.

Other fringe programme events included seminars and product presentations led by industry leaders on the new global technologies and market trends, and an Innovation Showcase Area in a variety of application categories. 

Cinte Techtextil China was organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA).