Yarn Expo Autumn 2015 will take place for the first time in the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), a bigger venue that is closer to China’s textile manufacturing hubs in surrounding provinces, from 13-15 October. The three-day event will be held in hall 4.1 of the venue where the successful spring edition was held earlier in March this year. “Many buyers told us at the spring show that they like this new venue as it is closer to the country’s textile manufacturing hubs and it’s easier for them to conduct factory visits after the show,” said Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, stating that relocating the autumn show to the new venue will also help to bring more trade visitors to the fair.
Over 7,000 trade visitors from 62 countries and regions attended the last autumn show, representing an increase of 18 per cent from the previous year. “If not for this fair, we would not be able to meet so many customers, especially those from overseas. On average, we saw over 100 customers coming in to our booth during the first two show days,” said a representative, Sara Wang, from repeat exhibitor Shanghai Lansheng Daewoo Corp, at last year’s fair.
Attracted by the busy visitor flow at the 2014 fair, the Indian Pavilion, co-organised by the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), has confirmed to return once again this year. “This fair is important for us as we can make business contacts with not only Chinese customers, but also those from outside of China,” said Ravindranathan Narayanasamy, Joint Director of India’s textile export promotion body, stating that around 30 per cent of the total visitors that came to the pavilion were from overseas, and 70 per cent were from Mainland China.
Other than a more diversified customer base, an enhancement in buyer quality is also what encouraged the Indian Pavilion to return this year. “We saw more Chinese end users and manufacturers coming to the fair this year, showing an improvement in the visitor quality. And based on the results from the past several editions, 30 per cent of visitors that came to our booths actually made an order with the suppliers after the fair,” Narayanasamy said at this year’s spring fair.
China’s cotton yarn market, one of the biggest in the world, has been relatively quiet since the country ended its cotton stockpiling policy last year. However, exhibitors at the spring show said they have seen signs indicating the market is starting to pick up, and KL Palaniappan, President of Loyal Textile Mills Ltd in India, is one such exhibitor. “I can see Chinese customers are ready for more imports now, and we are confident we can increase our export volume to China by 30-40 per cent within this year,” he said.
Sharing the same optimistic view is Anupam Agrawal, Spun Yarn Business Director at PT Indo-Rama Synthetics Tbk in Indonesia. He said: “I think demand for yarn products in China is still large and the market has already bottomed out. I think the general sentiment will get better in the last quarter of this year.” Yarn Expo Autumn 2015 will be held concurrently with another three textile trade events, namely Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics 2015, China International Fashion Fair 2015 (CHIC) and PH Value. The fair will showcase a wide spectrum of natural and blended yarns including cotton, wool, flax/regenerated flax, and man-made fibres and yarns as well as specialty products including elastic, and fancy and blended yarns.Yarn Expo Autumn is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; The Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; China Cotton Textile Association; China Wool Textile Association; China Chemical Fiber Association; China Bast & Leaf Fibres Textiles Association; and China Textile Information Centre.
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