Texworld and Apparel Sourcing branch out for September 2018
Messe Frankfurt's Parisian textile and apparel sourcing shows, which will be taking place at the Parc du Bourget from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th September, are expecting 1,850 exhibitors to attend, up 10% compared to the previous edition. Companies and other installations will be split up into six distinct spaces, all grouped together under the slogan "The Fairyland for Fashion" – and this time round, the fashion fairies are taking over a third hall at the exhibition park.
The main event of this 44th edition of Texworld will be the launch of a new trade show dedicated entirely to leather. Dubbed Leatherworld, the event will bring together 33 – mainly Chinese – companies specialised in the material, in a space set up between the Texworld and Apparel Sourcing shows, both of which have also been reorganised significantly.
The event has added the exhibition park's hall 3 to numbers 2 and 4, which have hosted its shows until now, an expansion that has required the layout of certain spaces to be reworked. The entrance to hall 3 will now open straight into the Woolen space and the general forum, while hall 4 will host the Print space and the new trend forum, and hall 2 will house Leatherworld.
Texworld will be attended by some 1,000 textile exhibitors, mostly from China and India. The national pavilions of Pakistan, Thailand and South Korea will also be joined for the first time by one from Taiwan, while Indonesia returns to the show with eight manufacturers. Turkey has boosted its presence for this edition and will present around 100 companies with offerings focused mainly on cotton and knitwear. Elsewhere, the Avantex space, dedicated to sustainable textile technology, will play host to 30 or so innovative companies.
Apparel Sourcing will welcome almost 700 manufacturers and, for the first time, will feature a section focusing on services, from packaging specialists and software providers to logistics firms and inspection and certification agencies. Along with Chinese and Indian exhibitors, there will be companies from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Hong Kong, as well as a handful from Sri Lanka and Vietnam. A special tour for visitors looking to purchase in smaller quantities will once again be on offer.
The trade show will also host some 20 runway shows, as well as 43 conferences and discussions. 12 Chinese brands will be giving catwalk presentations to show off their wares, while conferences will discuss "new silk roads" and the future of international supply with a particular focus on products from Vietnam and Bangladesh.
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