The global textile and garment manufacturing industry converged at ITMA 2015 in Milan to source innovative solutions to enhance their business sustainability. Their commitment to sustainability is evident from the strong industry turnout.
The exhibition saw the highest number of exhibitors in its history: 1,691 exhibitors from 46 economies; this represented a 25 per cent increase from the ITMA 2011 figure. The net exhibition space also saw spike of 20 per cent to over 108,268 square metres at Fiera Milano. At the end of eight days, the 17th edition of the world's most established textile and garment technology exhibition attracted visitorship of almost 123,000 from 147 economies.
CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and owner of ITMA and ITMA ASIA, is pleased with the overwhelming response from the industry, both from exhibitors and visitors. Mr Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX enthused, "We registered a 20 per cent jump in visitor numbers compared with ITMA 2011. More importantly, from participants' feedback, we can confidently say that this is one of the best ITMA exhibitions! Our message on sustainability has resonated greatly with buyers.”
He praised the industry's resilience and forward-looking agenda, adding that global industry players have understood the importance of investing in innovations that are planet-friendly and which can also help improve their business bottomline. "Our exhibitors have discovered that the visitors - whether they are seasoned ITMA visitors or attending the exhibition for the first time – are serious about checking out new innovative solutions to improve their competitive edge.”
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The annual Singapore Summit took place from 18 to 20 September 2015. Organised by the Global-Asia Programme Office, an inter-agency initiative co-led by the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Monetary Authority of Singapore and in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Finance, GIC, and Temasek, the Summit brings together business and thought leaders from around the world to discourse future-oriented topics in finance, business and economics with a Global-Asia focus.
This year is the fourth edition of the Summit and the third time that MP Singapore has been appointed to manage the event.