This week, Rhys and Ellis visited the ITMA Textile and Garment Technology Exhibition in Barcelona. While AE Sewing Machines were not exhibiting, a number of our partners including Juki and Rexel were in attendance. ITMA 2019 was a great opportunity to meet with our colleagues and experience one of the biggest trade shows in the textile manufacturing industry.
What is ITMA?
The ITMA (International Textile Machinery Association) exhibition is a textile manufacturing trade show which takes place every four years. The last show was in Milan, this year's show was in Barcelona and in 2023, the show will return to Milan. The exhibition is one of the biggest in the textile industry, with over 1,700 exhibitors and approximately 120,000 visitors from 147 different countries. Much like Texprocess, big names in textile manufacturing equipment gather at the ITMA exhibition and demonstrate their latest technological innovations. Whether you're at the exhibition looking to source new products, or even just to have a look around, you're guaranteed to be amazed at what the companies who exhibit at ITMA have to offer.
How was the exhibition?
We have exhibited at a number of trade shows over the years and as much as we love to do it, visiting ITMA 2019 as opposed to exhibiting at it was a very nice change of pace for Rhys and Ellis. The boys got a chance to see things from another perspective and take in all of the sights and sounds of one of the world's largest textile manufacturing trade shows. They got a chance to catch up with the team at Juki, who were exhibiting a variety of different industrial sewing machines and welding machines. They also met with our partners at Rexel, who had a range of high-quality equipment for manufacturing upholstery on show. As well as this, they got to meet a lot of new and interesting companies who were exhibiting at ITMA along the way. In all, ITMA 2019 turned out to be a very intriguing and eye-opening exhibition and a great experience for Rhys and Ellis.
The AE Sewing Machines team will have another opportunity to enjoy a trade show as visitors rather than exhibitors when they attend CISMA in Shanghai this September. After that, we're right back to being exhibitors again when Advanced Engineering 2019 rolls around in October!
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