Fritz P. Mayer, president of CEMATEX, says: “The response for ITMA 2019 is so overwhelming that we have not been able to meet the demand for space despite adding two more exhibition halls. ITMA is a show for the industry, by the industry. Hence, we are of the opinion that ITMA should feature a wide spectrum of cutting-edge solutions from as many solutions providers as possible, whether established or new-to-market.”
One of the top sectors in terms of exhibition space applied is spinning. Another exciting sector at ITMA 2019 is printing. Previously part of the finishing sector, printing as a standalone chapter has garnered very strong interest as the industry embraces digital transformation. The number of exhibitors in the printing and inks sector has jumped some 30% from ITMA 2015.
Besides printing, another sector that is undergoing vast transformation and rapid development is the garment making sector. Previously labor-intensive, the garment industry now sees a gamut of solutions utilizing artificial intelligence, robotics, vision systems and other advanced automation.
ITMA 2019 will also be complemented by several key forums, two of which are the ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum and Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum.
Mayer says: “As technological developments are happening at breakneck speed, and collaboration is becoming increasingly necessary in a globalized economy, the industry has to stay abreast of the latest developments and trends. Hence, ITMA will be staging several forums to help participants be ahead of the competition curve.
“The forums also offer a valuable platform for various associations and professionals to connect and network with the right players. This is especially important as collaboration and partnerships from research institutions to technology, chemical and raw material providers and users are increasingly more critical to business success.”
The Nonwovens Forum is jointly organized by ITMA and EDANA. To be held on June 21, it will highlight the latest innovations in nonwovens. The theme of the forum is ‘Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable.’
Pierre Wiertz, EDANA’s general manager, says: “The nonwovens industry is a bright spark in the textile world. We are glad to be able to collaborate with ITMA to bring these exciting opportunities to visitors who are involved in or have the intention to move into nonwovens manufacturing.”
The forum will feature three sessions:
• Circular economy/challenges & opportunities for processing bio-based & recycled materials on nonwovens machinery
• Latest trends and innovation in nonwoven processes – including hybrids and composites
• Innovations in nonwovens technology
In addition, there will be a panel discussion with experts from leading centers of excellence in nonwovens who will exchange their views on the nonwoven processes of the 2030s.