ITMA is the largest textile machinery exhibition in the world takes place every 4 years. ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’ is the theme for the 18th edition of ITMA where the textile and garment industries converge to explore fresh ideas using innovative products and designs.
ITMA 2019 at a glance
- Date & place: 20-26 June 2019, Fira De Barcelona, Gran Via, Spain
- 1,700+ original manufacturers from 45 countries exhibiting their products, solutions, and ideas
- Gross exhibition area of 220,000 square meters
- Expected visitors 120,000 from 147 countries
- 19 exhibit sectors, integrated solutions for the entire value chain
When ITMA was last held in Barcelona in 2015, visitor-ship exceeded 123,000 from 147 countries. 1691 exhibitors from 46 countries exhibited and net exhibition space was 108,268 sqm which is double this year.
Why should you participate?
It is where you have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded business professionals so your business can grow and partnerships can evolve. If you do not get to ITMA Spain in 2019 it will be 2023 before you have another opportunity to glean knowledge from the entire key textile and garment manufacturers.
You will be exposed to first class networking opportunities where you can meet the key decision makers and influential people in the textile and garment industry. The industry experts converge to ITMA so they can share their experiences and gain from the experiences of others.
You will get global insights on trends that are going to be happening in the textile and garment industries.
What’s new at ITMA 2019?
The Innovation Lab was recently launched for the 2019 edition of ITMA to emphasize the innovation theme. The Innovation Lab concept features:
- A Research and Innovation (R&I) Pavilion showcasing the research and development work of 27 participating organizations to encourage collaboration between industry and academia;
- ITMA Speakers Platform where participating R&I institutes can present research projects and developments;
- Innovation Video Showcase featuring selected videos about the exhibits to be shown at the Speakers Platform.
- ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award, which was created in 2015 to “recognize the collaborative efforts by the global textile industry to advance business sustainability through innovative solutions, and promote outstanding industry-related research” in two categories — Industry Excellence and Research & Innovation Excellence.
“By launching the ITMA Innovation Lab feature, we hope to better drive industry focus on the important message of technological innovation and cultivate an inventive spirit,” said Charles Beauduin, Chairman of ITMA Services.
Textile and garment manufacturing exhibit sectors include:
- Fibers, yarns and fabrics
- Spinning, winding, testing and software
- Knitting, embroidery and braiding
- Garment making
- Finishing, testing, logistics, recycling, equipment for plant ops and services
- Colorants and chemicals
- Research and innovation
Owned by The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), the 2019 show is organized by Brussels-based ITMA Services. The venue has been designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito and is known for its functionality and sustainable features including a large rooftop photovoltaic installation.