The comprehensive A/W textile sourcing platform will be held from 28 – 30 August 2023 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. The previous edition’s almost 200,000 sqm floor space encompassed nearly 3,300 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions, as well as over 67,000 buyers from 50 countries and regions. After a pause in seasonal sourcing, key industry players are already demonstrating their interest in next year’s fair.
Organisers are eager to deliver an event that allows for integrated business interactions, and promotes the advancement of the industry. Ms Wilmet Shea, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, explained: “As a global flagship for the industry, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is regarded by many suppliers as their go-to textile trade fair. After a disrupted schedule in 2022, we expect good exhibitor numbers at next year’s Autumn Edition. Many have already confirmed their participation at this early stage, which is a good sign of market recovery.”
Distinctive country and region pavilions have confirmed their return to the fairgrounds next autumn, with the fair featuring pavilions from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, while several well-known companies will be presenting their products at group pavilions. These include Lenzing, the manufacturer of plant-based fibres; Sorona®, the high-performance polymer producer; and Hyosung, the end-to-end international textile maker.
To enable more targeted sourcing, the fair will make use of featured product zones, including Accessories Vision, All About Sustainability, Beyond Denim, Digital Printing Zone, Functional Lab, Premium Wool Zone, SalonEurope, and Verve for Design, with domestic exhibitors also grouped by product end use.
Past editions of the fair have proved useful to a number of influential exhibitors. “Lycra has always been one of the most loyal customers of Intertextile Apparel, and we regard it as our most important exhibition opportunity in China or even in Asia each year,” said Mr Vincent Hu, Vice President of Asia at The LYCRA Company. “It is also the best place to meet all our upstream and downstream customers to discuss technology, innovative ideas and to imagine the future.”
Many buyers are also repeat attendees, with Ms Lydia Wang of Zhejiang Merrige Health Technology, explaining why that is the case for her company: “I visit the fair every year because Intertextile Apparel is a large-scale and comprehensive fair with both product and trend displays. Although we are a lingerie company, we also have needs for outerwear, so the fair is like a one-stop platform for big trading businesses like us.”
Participants will be able to make the most of next year’s A/W sourcing season by utilising Intertextile Apparel’s Trend Forum, seminars, panel discussions and product presentations – which cover topics on sustainability issues, design and trends, market information and business strategies, as well as technology and solutions.
For added value, fairgoers can make use of online business matching services, including Connect PLUS and one-to-one VIP buyer business matching. As the apparel fair is held concurrently with Yarn Expo Autumn, CHIC and PH Value, the entire textile value chain can be found under one roof, providing an extended platform for business networking opportunities.
To cater for next year’s S/S seasonal sourcing demand, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition will be taking place from 8 – 10 March 2023 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.