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Zurich - Cematex, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has appointed Ernesto Maurer as its new president, taking the reins from Fritz P. Mayer.

Maurer has served as president of the Swiss Textile Machinery Association since 2015, but will now take on the task of overseeing the next three major ITMA showcases over what will be a four-year term of office.

ITMA, held every four years within Europe and recognised as the Olympics of the textile industry calendar, is also hosted in various forms throughout Asia and routinely attracts over 100,000 attendees.

Cematex is the official representative body for Europe’s national textile machinery associations and has organised ITMA since 1951. During Maurer’s term, ITMA Asia + CITME will be held in Shanghai from June 12-16, 2021 – postponed from October 2020 because of COVID-19. This will be followed in 2022 by the next ITMA Asia + CITME in the same city, and then by ITMA 2023 in Milan (June 8-14).

He commented: “The Post-COVID-19 period will have a tremendous impact on the textile industry of today and tomorrow. Cematex is determined to maintain its leadership role for exhibitions, carrying the ITMA brand to partners worldwide today and in the future, including a focus on increasingly-digital opportunities.”


Also elected at the General Assembly were 1st Vice-President Mikael Äremann (TMAS, Sweden) and 2nd Vice-President Charles Bauduin (Symatex, Belgium).


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