ITMA Preview

Innovating the world of textiles

Every four years the industry converges to ITMA, the textile and garment technology platform. This year’s edition will be held from 20 to 26 June at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue, Spain. The exhibition will feature over 1,600 exhibitors who will be showcasing their latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, as well as fibres, yarns and fabrics covering 220,000 m2 (gross); the show will now occupy all nine exhibition halls. The 19 exhibit sectors include integrated solutions for the entire value chain: colourants and chemicals, finishing, logistics, fibres, yarns and fabrics, garments and embroidery, printing, weaving, nonwovens and braiding, spinning, winding and testing, research, innovation and development; knitting; recycling, software, and equipment for plant ops (incl. air conditioning). An exciting sector at ITMA 2019 is printing. Previously part of the finishing sector, printing as a standalone chapter has garnered very strong interest as the industry embraces digital transformation. The number of exhibitors in the printing and inks sector has jumped some 30 per cent from ITMA 2015. Mr Dick Joustra, CEO, SPGPrints Group said: «Digitalisation is having a tremendous impact in the textile and garment industry, and the true extent of its influence can be seen not only in textile printing companies but throughout the value chain. Brand owners and designers are able to use opportunities, like ITMA 2019, to see how the versatility of digital printing can transform their operations. As a total supplier in conventional and digital textile printing, we see ITMA as an important marketplace to show our latest technologies.» 120,000 visitors from 147 countries are expected to attend. Visitor registration has started and an ITMA app has been launched. The event is organised by ITMA Services. The highlights of the event include conferences, the innovation lab and sustainability@ITMA. ITMA 2019 offers an integrated platform of eco-friendly solutions across the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain with dedicated recycling, waste reduction, and pollution prevention exhibit sectors. This includes equipment for recycling, equipment for wastewater treatment, equipment for the separation of solid, fluid and gaseous substances from exhaust air and exhaust water, heat recovery systems, equipment for waste management, other equipment for waste reduction and pollution prevention, and accessories for equipment for recycling, waste reduction and pollution prevention.

CEMATEX, The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7WY UK, www.cematex.com, ITMA Services N. V., B-1030 Brussels, www.itma.com