Three big exhibitions have been lined up in June 2022 sparking off hopes and expectations among the exhibitors and visitors, for whom the last two years were spent with anxiety and despair under the shadow of a ravaging Corona pandemic followed by global economic slowdown and the Ukranian War. ITM 2022, which is the Meeting Point of World Textile Tech- nology Leaders, will be held on 14-18 JUNE 2022 at Is- tanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center. This is followed by Techtextil 2022, the leading trade fair for the technical textiles, smart textiles and nonwoven technologies industry, taking place from the 21st to the 24th of June at the Messe Frankfurt, Germany. And in India, SIMA’s Texfair 2022, the 13th edition in its series is being held from June 24-27, 2022 at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Excitement and expectations are in the air. The trade fares which were in 2021, have returned after a gap of over 2 to 3 years. In the meantime, companies have come out with innovations and breakthroughs. The pandemic time gave exhibitors ample time to do research and developments. Many have expanded and diversified into related areas too. From what one hears from the industry, automation and sustainable systems are the major focus of most of the innovations. Besides, with the decibel over climate change rising, Recycling, wastage control and Circular Economy concepts are likely to figure prominently in the talks and innovations.

Despite economic pressures during 2021 and 2022, leaders among the companies have done exceedingly well. Earlier in the year, a few fairs, focusing on products including yarns, fabrics and garments were held in some countries including India during the run-up to the international exhibitions like ITM and Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil Summer Special Edition – the last 3 exhibitions mentioned to be held concurrently in Frankfurt. India’s textile export is on an upswing now. The exports last fiscal were to the tune of US$ 43 billion as against US$ 33 billion in the year before. New export strate- gies, fresh targets and execution are being toned up to achieve a target of about US$ 100 billion by 2030. Steps like zero duty access to markets in the UAE and Australia have been taken with agreements to promote textile exports. The production-linked incentive (PLI) Scheme for the textile industry has got the approval for 61 companies at a total investment of about Rs. 19,077 crore. The textile industry is also tuning its production strategy aimed at a boost to exports.

All seems to be hunky-dory and cool with India’s economy and the industry. In the first three quarters of the FY22, India’s economy had grown 20.1%, 8.4% and 5.4% and in the full fiscal year, the gross domestic product (GDP) jumped 8.7%, making India the fastest-growing economy, according to latest reports. This happened despite stumbling-blocks like the pandemic, rising commodity and crude prices due to the Ukraine war. The international exhibitions anticipate a good number of visitors from India.

All Eyes on ITM

ITM International Textile Machinery Exhibition, which was planned to be held on June 22-26, 2021 was decided to postpone to June 14-18, 2022, considering the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the world. This postponement decision was taken as a result of intense discussions and evaluations with participants and sector representatives.

International Textile Machinery Exhibition ITM 2022, one of the most important events that brings together the world’s textile technology leaders, will be held at Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center. ITM 2022 is being held with partnership of Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık INC. and Teknik Fuarcılık INC. in cooperation with TEMSAD. Yarn Technologies manufacturers, which took their place in ITM 2022, the first international textile machinery exhibition to be held after a 3-year break, are also preparing to introduce their latest developed ma- chines and renewed technologies, just like all the participants.

Rieter CEO Norbert Klapper points out that Turkey is one of the largest exporters of textiles globally, building on centuries of know-how in textile manufacturing said; “Thanks to smart investments, the country’s textile industry showed remarkable resilience throughout the pandemic and today is more important than ever. What is even more inspiring is that in keeping with its global leadership, Turkey is also exploring ways to improve the industry’s environmental footprint. The ITM exhibition will bring together the industry’s best and brightest and we look forward to a stunning display of the latest in yarn manufacturing technology that is both good for business and good for the planet.” He adds: “We have been delivering leading-edge technology to customers for decades so they can stay at the forefront of the industry and meet ever-more sophisticated demands from brands in Europe and around the globe.”

In the face of the climate crisis, customers are increasingly turning to Rieter’s recycling system to help them close the loop. Rieter systems are ideally positioned to support these efforts, as they are roughly 20% more energy efficient than lines made up of machines from different suppliers, thus lowering the carbon footprint. “Considering the importance of the Turkish textile mar- ket, ITM is an excellent platform to meet our custom- ers and influences the whole region. There has been a tremendous growth over the past two years in our spinning segment in Turkey, despite the pandemic,” says Pia Terasa, Head of Marketing and Market Intelligence Saurer Spinning Solutions.

“The Covid crisis has intensified discussion about on- and near-shoring. The close proximity to Europe offers Turkey an excellent chance to increase its share of the European textile and apparel market,” adds Teresa. For the Autocoro 10 rotor-spinning machine, Saurer will be introducing innovations that will profit both flexible recycling mills and high productivity mills. Its develop- ments in both rotor and ring spinning are focusing on optimising productivity, saving resources and increasing machine intelligence in textile mills.

Here our Senses mill management system plays an essential role as well. The Saurer pre-spinning portfolio has also seen two very successful years in Turkey. Visitors to ITM will also be able to learn more about the Autocard and our successful reference installations. Saurer team will also highlight future proof options for automation solutions in spinning mills and its components division will have product news to announce at ITM 2022.

Marzoli Marketing Department Officer Ilaria Scalvini stresses that ITM 2022 will be Europe’s first international exhibition after a long break and said: “We are very happy to be able to return presence. It will be the occasion to meet our customers and compare with industry professionals, showing Marzoli high-value solutions.” Saying that for Marzoli the Turkish market is one of the most important and has always been a reliable partner,” Scalvini adds: “This is why, during ITM we will present special solutions dedicated to this market needs. Marzoli will also present the new technologies for the spinning process developed during these years, with a special focus on the potential of IoT and Industry

4.0 for the remote maintenance plant management. Weaving Technologies manufacturer companies, which took their place in ITM 2022, the first international textile machinery exhibition to be held after a 3-year break, are also preparing to launch their latest machinery, just like all the participants. Picanol Marketing and Communication Manager Erwin Devloo explains the importance they attach to the Turkish market with the following words. “Turkey has a very long tradition in textile industry and up-to-date production facilities. When we add the textile knowledge they have gained thanks to the ongoing investments in recent years, I think that Turkey has everything it takes to be successful.”

“With the recent evolutions on the World market, the distributors realised the danger of being dependent of China as the only supplier. Therefor they are returning to other textile producing countries such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and of course also Turkey. Especially the geographical proximity of Turkey to Europe is a big advantage. In this perspective we foresee a substantial growth for the Turkish textile industry in the coming years. ITM 2022 will be the first international textile machinery exhibition where the recently introduced novelties will be on display: PicConnect, OmniPlus-i Connect and OptiMax-i Connect.”

Itema will Presents Its Innovations Developed for the Last 2 Years at ITM 2022. Says Ferdinando De Micheli, Itema Sales Director: “The ITM 2022 Exhibition will be the first exhibition after the long-forced stop caused by the pandemic. That’s why ITM 2022 will provide the perfect stage to present all the latest innovations we’ve been working on over the last two years. The exhibition is an unmissable opportunity to meet again our customers, business partners and friends in person.”

“Itema will welcome visitors at ITM 2022 with a product line-up designed to meet and exceed the most demanding Customers’ needs and to confirm once again its dedication to innovation and the Made in Italy excellence in the weaving sector.”

Meanwhile, Toyota is launching its latest model in air-jet technology. Pointing out that Turkey is undeniably one of the major textile markets worldwide, not only in relation with its production volume, but also in terms of fabric quality, creativity and local know-how, Toyota Operations Director Markus Lichtenstein states: “Turkey has become one of the major markets for textile production in the western hemisphere. As long as the political and economical situation remains stable, we

strongly believe that this trend is going to continue for the next few years. A few years ago, Toyota started a new approach in order to conquer this important market and has meanwhile achieved the number one position in Air-Jet technology in Turkey. It is Toyota’s strategy to underpin this position even more in the future. Our expectations from ITM are always high as Turkey has become one of our most important markets in the world.”

At the same time, finishing Technologies producer companies that take their place in ITM 2022, which will gather thousands of exhibitors and visitors from Turkey and abroad under a single roof, are also preparing to launch their latest machinery, just like all the participants. Demsan will exhibit its newly designed pack- aging Machine at ITM 2022. Demsan Export Manager Tuncay Demirci says that as a company, they continue to reach the needs and demands of their customers and produce solutions with both online and physical overseas fairs they attend even during the pandemic process.

Emphasising that they are eagerly waiting for the ITM 2022, Demirci said, “The fact that the ITM 2022 Exhibition, which is one of the most prestigious exhibitions for our country, is taking place after a long time, is a meeting that is missed for local and foreign exhibitors and visitors. We hope that; ITM 2022 will provide basis for the development of cooperation between textile machinery manufacturers and suppliers, and a successful exhibition where the demands of the visitors will be met.” “It is a source of pride for us to be at the forefront of companies that turned the crisis into an opportunity during the pandemic… Our manufacturing technologies have been renewed in the last 2 years, and we have increased our production capacity with new systems and machines that will strengthen the infrastructure. We have become the solution partner of our customers, especially with our designs and applications for technical textiles, by expanding our engineer staff. We have designed and implemented important improvements that will increase efficiency in our Spreading machines and Precision Plaiting ma- chines, and our new projects are mostly focused on the spreading and plaiting groups. We are planning to attend the ITM 2022 with our newly designed packaging machine and fabric quality control roll wrapping machines.”