While the global economy as well as the textiles sector are in a state of flux at present, the unique situation is expected to present opportunities for exhibitors at Cinte Techtextil China. Taking place from September 2–4, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in halls N2 – N4, the event is Asia’s leading international trade fair for the technical textiles and nonwovens industry. The 2018 edition saw 485 exhibitors take part, nearly 40% of which were international brands, while the fair recorded 13,203 visits from 55 countries and regions.
China’s technical textiles and nonwovens sector has shown considerable and steady growth for a number of years. Annual output of nonwoven fabrics of large-scale Chinese companies last year reached 5.03 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 9.9%.
“Obviously the novel coronavirus outbreak has severely affected economic growth across China in the last two months, however we expect the economy to rebound strongly in the second half of the year,” says Wendy Wen, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. Forty international economists polled by Reuters in February did predict a contraction in the economy in quarter one, but were optimistic that the economy would bounce back in the second quarter. “This unfortunate situation does present opportunities in the personal hygiene and protective wear sectors in particular though, with global demand soaring for products made from nonwovens, including face masks, antibacterial wet wipes, protective apparel and more.”
Particularly, there is a supply shortage of one key raw material for surgical mask production– meltblown nonwovens and meltblown equipment. This, along with other nonwovens products and machinery, will be in high demand at Cinte Techtextil, with suppliers such as A.Celli Nonwovens, Dilo Systems, Reifenhäuser Reicofil and Trützschler Nonwovens.
Cinte Techtextil China’s product categories cover 12 application areas, which comprehensively span the full range of potential uses of modern textile technologies. These categories also span the entire industry, from upstream equipment and raw materials providers to finished fabrics, chemicals and other solutions.