Trade Talk | February 2019
“Smarter Textile. Better Life” in ShanghaiTex 2019
Textile means more than just a piece of clothing today, it has always been closely related to our daily life. Since more consumers are eager to buy unique, creative and functional clothing, innovative technologies are being adopted in a broad range of applications in the textile and fashion market. Fashion and technology are edging closer together to cater effectively for the needs of the consumers. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the shipping of wearable technology is expected to increase by almost five times from 2017 to 2021 (from 210 million pieces to 1,150 million pieces).
A wide variety of fashion technology products are available in the market, for example, there are colour-changing sportswear based on body temperature, baby clothes with wearable sensors for monitoring respiratory, temperature and human activity, apparel inventory management system, products recommendation engine and textile recycling technology, etc.
The 19th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2019) will be grandly held on November 25-28, 2019 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The fair will cover nine exhibition halls with a total area of 1,00,000 sq m. It is expected to gather more than 1,200 exhibitors to showcase the latest innovations in textile and fashion technology, creating a one-stop information and trading platform to lead the future of textile and fashion industries. Under the theme of “Smarter Textile. Better Life”, numerous thematic seminars and a competition, as well as the newly established TexTech Startup Planet will be organised during the fair. ShanghaiTex 2019 invites all the textile professionals to build a better life together by utilizing the full potential of textile technology!
New Textech Startup Planet
In recent years, there is a significant rise in the number of startup companies. They help large enterprises achieve a bigger market share and break away from the traditional businesses through innovative products and technologies. For example, the startup company Goxip works with world leading brands and e-tailers, such as Adidas, NET-A-PORTER and ASOS, using its image recognition technology to help the users quickly access their ideal products. As a result, Goxip has gathered around 60 million users every month, with an average spending of $40 for each order. It brings tremendous opportunities to the business partnership.
In view of this, besides a big display of the production equipment including technology of textile, knitting and hosiery, dyeing & printing, digital printer, AI system, dyes and textile chemicals, ShanghaiTex 2019 will also be complemented by the new TexTech Startup Planet, providing a platform for the start-up companies worldwide to showcase a series of textile and fashion related products, which in turn allows the global investors and manufacturers to seize business opportunities.
Exhibits include: new yarn and fabric, innovative wearable technology, creative new retail model, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), 3D measurement, eco-friendly production and recyclable materials, etc. This year, Wearable Technology x Textile Design Competition (WTTDC) will be held again at ShanghaiTex to encourage young designers to apply their creative thinking on combining textile with technologies, in order to find solutions for a better life.
Visitor registration is now open
Equipment and materials for manufacturing active wear, eco-friendly materials and functional fibers will be showcased to help visitors capitalize on the opportunities arising from the fast-growing textile market of sportswear, women at all ages, children and seniors. Other than the exhibition, a series of conferences and events covering Industry 4.0, textile automation and latest fashion trend will be organised during the fair, the views of the experienced industry experts will facilitate visitors to get higher value-added and more lucrative business ideas. Business matching service is also provided to assist buyers in identifying desired suppliers on the spot. ShanghaiTex 2019 is now open for booth reservation and visitor registration, grasp this opportunity to attend the four-day grand event and learn more about the latest trends of textile technology and materials!