The worldwide textile industry is in the stage of transition. To further expedite the digital transformation of manufacturing, the 20th Zhejiang International Trade Fair for Textile and Garment Industry (ZhejiangTex 2019) was grandly held on 16-18 May 2019 at Yiwu International Expo Centre in Zhejiang. Three thematic zones were featured in ZhejiangTex this year, they are “Knitting & Hosiery Machinery,” “Sewing & Automatic Garment Machinery” and “Digital Printing Technology & Application,” gathered more than 214 exhibitors to showcase a range of innovative textile machinery and top-notch manufacturing technologies in an area of 13,200 sq mtr, allowing up to 7,912 visitors to explore business opportunities.
Belt and Road initiative brought together the textile leaders with a range of new materials and digital machinery. According to the estimate made by the Market Watch (2018), the digital textile printing market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 16.3 per cent during 2018-2027, bringing tremendous business opportunities to the entire textile industry. In view of this, more innovative and intelligent machinery and equipment; raw material and textile chemical are required for the textile enterprises to enhance competitiveness.
Yiwu is the world capital of small commodities; It attracts many foreign textile manufacturer clusters along the Belt and Road to source machines and equipment from there, making it a major city for digital printing, textile and apparel manufacturing. By utilizing Yiwu’s geographical advantage, ZhejiangTex 2019 gathered the textile and fashion manufacturers from all around the world, in order to lead the global enterprises to achieve a successful digital transformation at a low cost!
Three thematic zones to explore digital and green textile production
There were three thematic zones featured in ZhejiangTex 2019 this year, including Knitting and Hosiery Machinery, Sewing and Automatic Garment Machinery and Digital Printing Technology &Application. Famous exhibitors such as Chemtax, Groz-Beckert, RIFA, Raynen, Sullair, BSC, Dahaomingde, Maica, Jieke, Topcut Bullmer, Megasew, Shing Ray, Brother, Pegasus, Siruba And Printpretty, etc. showcased a large number of new products and technologies, helping the buyers to grow their businesses and achieve the ultimate goal of “Smart Textile and Garment Technology – Smart Life Style.”
Parry Chung, General Manager of the Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. (The organizer of ZhejiangTex 2019) says, “ZhejiangTex 2019 achieved great results this year. Up to 15 association groups and 39 enterprise groups, including Langsha Knitting Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Fenli Group Co. Ltd, Zhejiang Mengna Knitting Co., Ltd. And Zhejiang Avontin Underwear Co. Ltd, etc. joined the fair to grasp business opportunities. Over 80 per cent of the visitors assessed ZhejiangTex 2019 as excellent or good, which in turn recognised professionalism and business value of the fair.
Market news and networking chances in professional conferences
Other than the exhibition, a series of thematic conferences such as “2019 seminar for antibacterial, deodorant/deodorizing technologies and the application in the hosiery/lingerie industry,” “Garment intelligent manufacturing conference – artificial intelligence technology application” and “2019 textile printing tips – innovation and sustainability in textile printing industry” were organised during the fair, providing a platform for exchanging views on the latest market trend and accelerating the transformation of textile industry.