In total 1,451 companies from 38 countries presented the latest developments and technical innovations for the entire textile chain to visitors and competitors, in a display covering 102,000 square meters of exhibition space. This breadth and depth was highly valued overall by the participants—67% of trade visitors and almost 65% of exhibitors gave ITMA 2007 significantly higher marks this time than at previous events.
“ITMA is the leading trade fair for textile machinery manufacturers,” commented Heinrich Trützschler, managing director of Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG Textilmaschinenfabrik and chairman of the ITMA Committee. “We have found that at this fair visitor quality is superb from all over the world. And we get to talk to some top people here, whom you rarely get to see. It all went extremely smoothly.”
More than 95,000 trade visitors countries outside of Germany came to the event. This represents more than 80% of the total number of visitors. After Germany, the other countries represented (in order of number of visitors) were: Italy, India, Turkey, Brazil, France, Switzerland, Spain, Iran and Belgium. Interest from Central and South America was particularly strong; for example, more than 4500 trade visitors came from Brazil; more than 2000 from Argentina and more than 1500 from Mexico. In total ITMA 2007 attracted around 12,000 visitors from Central and South America.