There is a total of 20 product sectors covering the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, including textile composites, ITMA said in media release.
ITMA 2023 will be showcasing trendsetting textile and garment technologies when it opens in Milan, Italy on June 8. Exhibition space grossing 220,000 square metres of the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre is fully booked for the fair. Moreover, around 100 companies are still waiting to be allocated space in their preferred sectors at the event.
“Since the last ITMA exhibition in Barcelona in 2019, the world has changed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic and geopolitical situation. 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,” said Charles Beauduin, chairman of ITMA Services.
ITMA 2023 will be accompanied by several activities spotlighting industry innovation. Among the highlights is the Innovator Xchange which offers participants unique 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 and circularity); Dr. Jesse S Jur, director of ecosystem technology, Advanced Functional Fabrics of Amrica (innovative technologies); Kevin McCoy, vice president made, New Balance Athletics (automation and digital future); and Parikshit Goswami, professor of technical textiles, University of Huddersfield (advanced materials).
The Innovator Xchange will be held from June 9–13. Other highlights held alongside ITMA 2023, are the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award, Innovation Video Showcase, ITMA forums, and partner events.
Ernesto Maurer, president of CEMATEX, said: “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. 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.
“Our visitors can look forward to ITMA 2023 to preview the latest innovation. 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.”
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (NB)