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Shanghai - A record number of exhibitors joined Yarn Expo Autumn 2018, which was held concurrently with ITMA Asia + CITME from 15 – 17 October at the National Exhibition Convention Centre (Shanghai).

501 suppliers from 14 countries & regions participated, with new countries to the show including France. According to organisers, this international diversification, as well as strong domestic numbers, demonstrated Yarn Expo’s increasing recognition as a top show in the industry.

“Although Yarn Expo was unable to be held concurrently with Intertextile Apparel this year, more industry players recognise this fair as a top show for yarn and this is why the turnout remained very strong,” explained Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK). “Our product range was more diverse than ever as exhibitors increasingly see China as the ideal market to introduce their latest innovations. For example, this year we’ve welcomed premium French linen and advanced Italian chemical fibres. Yarn Expo is a platform that promises to gather all of the top suppliers under one roof for genuine buyers.”

With demand rising within the Chinese market for fancy and speciality yarns, suitable for stand-out fashion trends, the trade potential for this product category was high. Business for eco-friendly and natural yarns was also reported to remain steady this edition, reflected by the India Pavilion which increased in size by around 40% this year.

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“We are using Yarn Expo as a platform for brand exposure," said Hervé Denoyelle, Business Development Manager, Safilin, France. "We have a very good feeling about the demand for premium products in China. Yarn Expo has many more quality visitors in comparison to other fairs. We have had a very positive experience and will certainly return.”

“The participation in the India Pavilion has been quite good this year, all of the leading Indian companies are here and we are occupying much more space," added Dr Siddhartha Rajagopal, Executive Director, Texprocil (India Pavilion organisers). "It’s important to be here, the fair reflects market demand, and everybody comes here twice a year. We see a lot of potential growing in China.”

Mr Neeraj Gupta, PT. Indo-Rama Synthetics Tbk, Indonesia said: “Yarn Expo is a very good platform for maintaining relationships with existing customers and we are very happy with that. Yarn Expo is the biggest yarn fair in the world now. Buyers from all over the world come to this exhibition.”

Mr Xuan Cuu Do, Trade Director, Hanam Textile Company, Vietnam, added: "Compared with other similar fairs, Yarn Expo is a more professional industry platform and the buyers here are very diverse and of high quality, so we can meet many potential clients here. We’ve received many orders – especially orders from Chinese buyers, which is very inspiring and we always think the China market has great potential.”

Buyers were also keen to share their opinions. Mr Shashidhar Padmanabh Jha, Manager of Raw Material Development and Sourcing, MAS Intimates, Sri Lanka

said: “This is our first time at Yarn Expo, and we are here to explore the market and see what innovation is here. I have found a lot of new potential contacts. Yarn Expo is one of the top yarn and fibre shows in the world, so it attracts good quality suppliers. The VIP buyer programme has been very helpful; it’s convenient to have meetings set up for me with exhibitors offering what I’m looking for.”

“Yarn Expo is good in terms of organisation, it’s easy to find each booth, it’s well organised into product groups and countries," added Mr Andy Chu, World Knits Ltd, Mauritius. "I visit every year, and Yarn Expo helps me to meet all of my existing suppliers – they all come here. I can also meet new yarn suppliers. I think that this is the number one fair for yarn, and many of my peers agree.”

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