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TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION ITALY'S TEXTILE MACHINERY SECTOR VISITS SHANGHAI
The excellence and quality of Italian machinery for the textile industry will be in China from 16 to 20 June. A large representative group of one of Italy's most important manufacturing sectors will be offering visitors from all over the world the very best in technological innovation resulting from Italian research, state-of-the-art Italian made products, but with a watchful eye constantly on eco-sustainability.
The Italian companies will be coordinated by ICE - the Italian Trade Promotion Agency, in collaboration with Acimit - the Association of Italian Textile Manufacturers, the professional body representing the textile machinery sector.
The gathering at Shanghai will be at the combined ITMA Asia Citme trade fair, now in its fourth edition. The event is staged every two years and is the major trade exhibition for China and the entire region of Asia, for the global textile machinery sector, and it is also supported by European, Chinese and Japanese sector associations.
It is a pivotal moment for international businesses, visitors and buyers, so much so in fact that many of the decisions to purchase machinery are held back until the time of the trade fair, in order to have a complete picture of existing technological innovations.
The 2014 edition is expected to be particularly fruitful, with the registration of around 1,350 exhibitors from 27 different countries, a total display area covering 152,200 square meters - that's an increase of 15% compared to the 2012 edition - and around 100,000 visitors expected to attend.
The fair prohibits the organising of national delegations, and Italy's will be attending through the National Sector Group (NSG), that is to say national groupings of companies within the various pavilions, corresponding to sub-sectors of the textile manufacturing process.
Thus four NSGs will be created (spinning, finishing / ennobling, weaving and non-woven). A total of 103 Italian companies will be taking part, of which 57 will be present through the NSGs.
It's a unique opportunity, therefore, to learn about the technological excellences and the latest innovations in an industry that is increasingly moving towards the construction of machines that comply with given environmental standards, i.e. in terms of energy savings, noise level controls, waste water water purification and handling of processing waste in general.
The Italian manufacture of machinery for the textile industry in 2013 reached a figure of about € 1.9 billion, of which approximately € 1.6 billion, or 84%, was exported to some 130 countries.
Asia, with a 44% share of the total in 2013 is also the main geographical area of destination for Italy's exports of textile machinery, recording purchases of €724 million.
Based on the figures for 2013, China remains the biggest market for Italian textile machinery manufacturers, despite a decrease of 7% over the previous year.
During the year, Chinese imports of textile machinery from Italy have indeed reached a figure of €327 million, with a 20% share of the total.