ANEX Show Review

August 17, 2005

a look in pictures at May’s Osaka-based

Under the banner “Message From Asia To The 21st Century,” Asia Nonwovens Industry Conference (ANIC) officially sponsored ANEX 2000, Asia Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition, on May 17-19 at INTEX in Osaka, Japan. Most participants were pleased with overall turnout, despite the fact that the show was smaller than the other events included in the nonwovens triennial cycle (IDEA, sponsored by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Cary, NC, and INDEX, sponsored by EDANA, European Disposables and Nonwovens Association, Brussels, Belgium). Many were surprised with the number of non-Japanese visitors representing other regions in Asia such as Korea and Taiwan. All three days saw a heavy flow of traffic, with the number of visitors reaching nearly 6000 on the first and third days and exceeding that number on Thursday. In total, more than 18,000 visitors walked the trade show floor to see the wares of the 253 participating exhibitors. One noteworthy fact is that there were fewer booths than exhibitors due to the fact that many exhibitors were represented at the show as part of large national or international pavillions. As many as 24 countries were represented at ANEX, with Japan, China, Korea and Hong Kong in the lead. Representing the Western side of the globe were 30 U.S. and 50 European companies that took part in the exhibition.