Demand for textile technology is ramping up as brands and retailers look for efficient processes to make more exciting product.
With greater interest in technical textiles now prominent in the market, Cinte Techtextile China, which took place in Shanghai last month, was well positioned to benefit from the pickup in demand.
The biennial technical textiles and nonwovens trade show saw both exhibitor attendance and global reach increase, with 480 exhibitors from 26 countries, and more than 13,000 visitors present.
“Attracting high-quality buyers both from China and further afield, including many new potential business partners for exhibitors, Cinte Techtextil China has further solidified its reputation in Asia as the leading trade event for the technical textiles and nonwovens industry,” Wen said.
Part of the show’s growth can be attributed to growth in China’s technical textiles sector. According to Wendy Wen, senior general manager for Messe Frankfurt Hong Kong, China’s technical textiles sector grew nearly 11 percent in the first half of 2016, while nonwovens fabric production grew 8.58% and exports increased by more than 15 percent.
Newcomers to the show, like PT. Hasil Damai Textile from Indonesia showcased nonwoven spunbound PET and recycled polyester staple fibers, and Korea’s Bookwang Tech had their needle punching non-woven lines on display. Groupe Lecuyer from France brought repellent elastics and elastic velvet to Cinte for the first time. The high-quality Chinese machinery necessary to create the in-demand technical textiles was also at the show.
The potential for growth in technical textiles in China isn’t expected to let up anytime soon, but one next step to fueling the growth will be to build on environmentally-friendly offerings as the Chinese consumer has started to pay closer attention to how their clothes are made and what their clothes are made of. The opportunity for foreign brands to capitalize on demand in this area is big.
“With the strong demand [for technical textiles] in the region at present—which is predicted to continue in the coming years, particularly in China—the 2016 edition of the fair can be considered a strong success,” Wen said.