ITMA 2023, the eagerly awaited international textile and garment technology exhibition, is preparing to host the industry’s latest offerings and innovations in Milan on 8 June. While it is stated that the exhibition space grossing 220,000 square metres of the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre is fully booked months before the event; The upcoming exhibition will feature over 1,600 exhibitors from 44 countries and a list of 100 companies are still waiting to be allocated space in their preferred sectors. There are 20 product sectors covering the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, including textile composites.
ITMA 2023 will be the centre of innovations
ITMA 2023 will be accompanied by several activities spotlighting industry innovation. Among the highlights is the Innovator Xchange to be held from 9 to 13 June. It will offer participants important opportunities to gain insights from the winners and finalists of the ITMA Award, as well as exhibitors and industry experts.
An industry expert has been invited for each of the four featured topics: automation and digital future, advanced materials, sustainability and circularity, and innovative technologies. The invited speakers are German Garcia Ibañez, Head of Sustainable Raw Materials Circularity, Inditex (Sustainability & Circularity); Dr Jesse S. Jur, Director of Ecosystem Technology, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (Innovative Technologies); Kevin McCoy, Vice President made, New Balance Athletics (Automation & Digital Future); Professor Parikshit Goswami, Professor of Technical Textiles, The University of Huddersfield (Advanced Materials).
Other highlights held alongside ITMA 2023, are the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award, Innovation Video Showcase, ITMA forums and partner events.
“Companies are buoyant about the outlook of the market”
ITMA Services Chairman Charles Beauduin said that since the last ITMA exhibition in Barcelona in 2019, the world has changed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic and geopolitical situation. He stated: “Despite various disruptions, we are glad that space in ITMA 2023 is fully booked. Companies are buoyant about the outlook of the market with most borders now fully open.”
CEMATEX President Ernesto Maurer pointed out that sustainability is no longer just a buzzword; the industry has to move faster to adopt the sustainability agenda to secure the future of their business and continued as follows: “During the pandemic, many of our members channelled their resources into R&D activities. ITMA 2023 is perfectly timed to offer our exhibitors an opportunity to showcase these new products and cutting-edge technology. If and when R&D is paired with sustainability efforts, this will be the formula for success.”
Noting that their visitors can look forward to ITMA 2023 to preview the latest innovatio, Maurer disclosed; “We hope that textile and garment manufacturers, brands and retailers will take this opportunity to meet at ITMA to source and collaborate with leading members of the textile industry. In addition, they can also gain insights into industry trends and developments at various complementary events.”
Online ITMA 2023 visitor registration is open and they can enjoy early bird badge rates until 7 May 2023 when they register online. With the badge, visitors will be able to access the ITMAconnect platform from 8 March 2023 to plan their exhibition visit. They can explore exhibitors’ digital spaces, chat and make appointments for stand visits.