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Shanghai - The return of Yarn Expo Spring was warmly welcome last week, amidst a backdrop of optimism for the domestic market’s recovery and forecast. 387 exhibitors from six countries and regions joined the fair, whilst 21,204 visitors gathered to source at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai).

Once again, the fair provided a series of digital options for those unable to travel to Shanghai, enhancing sourcing options and business results for all participants.

This edition, fairgoers reported an increased popularity for hygiene, anti-bacterial and sustainable products, aligning with current trends that have been propelled forward by the pandemic. Notably, many suppliers used the fair as a platform to introduce some of these latest inspirational products to the market, giving credit to its reputation for promoting innovation and development.

Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd commented after the conclusion of the fair: “We are proud that Yarn Expo has managed to support the industry throughout the pandemic, with two editions taking place in 2020, preceding last week’s Spring Edition. Despite the disruptions to the supply chain over the past year, with the domestic market steadily regaining momentum, the industry can look ahead with some confidence.”

She continued: “What has been evident at this edition is the optimism of participants. Exhibitors have noted the potential presented by pandemic-related products such as PPE and the increased demand for more sustainable, hygienic and innovative products which is set to remain in the long-term. Accompanied by feelings of continued strength in China’s recovery, hopes are high for the future of the market.

“Lastly, we are glad to have again been able to engage both domestic and international companies through our online services and hybrid exhibition packages. And now as we look ahead to the Autumn Edition, we hope to welcome more overseas participants, in person.”

There was also praise for the event from a number of exhibitors. “Yarn Expo is a leading trade fair in the industry and is an ideal platform to exchange the latest market information, to promote business interactions and meet potential new customers," said Mr Simon Huang, Vice President, Commercial, Sateri, China. "In terms of products, we are focusing on anti-bacterial and lyocell products as people are now concentrated on leading healthy lifestyles due to the pandemic. I think consumer market trends will focus on health, safety, sustainability and convenience.”

“Although our business was affected by the pandemic in the first half of last year, there was significant recovery in the second half which reflected the market circumstances as well," added Kyle Guo, Senior Executive, Yarn, Texperts India Pvt Ltd, India. "At this edition, we have received a lot of enquires about our organic cotton and have met with a great number of new customers, the visitor flow has been higher than last year.”

Buyers also welcomed the return of the exhibition. "We often participate at Yarn Expo which is an ideal platform for sourcing," said Mr Yan, Sales Manager, Zhejiang Henglan Technology Co Ltd, China. "Our main purpose is to keep in touch with our existing suppliers and to meet more new exhibitors. We appreciate the chance to network at this fair and the overall result has been positive with an increased visitor flow from last year.”

“Yarn Expo is an effective and one-stop sourcing platform and we’ve joined to meet existing and new customers," added Daniel Yang, Business Manager, Shanxi Qinyuan Textile Co Ltd, China. "The concurrent fairs are beneficial as together, they cover a wide range of products, from raw materials like cotton yarn to garments. We are optimistic about our business and market forecast as we have experienced a steady growth in orders in the last few months. All in all, I think this fair is very successful and we can see the potential and positivity in the market.”

Yarn Expo Spring took place alongside Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition, PH Value and CHIC. The next edition of the fair, Yarn Expo Autumn, will take place from 25 – 27 August 2021, once again at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) alongside the four concurrent fairs.

Yarn Expo Spring is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT.

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