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ITMABarcelona - One of the major focuses of the ITMA 2011 exhibition, to be held in Barcelona from 22 to 29 September 2011, will be to help the world?s textile industry face up to the challenges of globalisation and sustainability.

With this in mind, CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers has revised the ITMA 2011 Index of Products. Under the revised structure the garment making and the textile processing sector has been expanded to sharpen its focus, and embroidery and braiding equipment will now have their own separate sectors.

Showcasing the entire value chain from spinning to garment making, textile processing, technical textiles, logistics and distribution, the exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of the ITMA brand and will take place under the slogan ?Master the Art of Innovation?.

To encourage the global textile and garment making community to the event, CEMATEX, together with their organiser MP International, are also planning a series of highlights, some of which will be launched as part of ITMA?s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Among these are special ITMA awards which will pay tribute to top industry achievers, an enhanced Research & Education Pavilion, an ITMA Forum and targeted workshops for knowledge sharing and networking.

Said ?Moving forward, ITMA as the driver for industry innovation will be transformed into the international business hub of the textile and garment industry,? said Ms Sylvia Phua, Chief Executive Officer of MP International. ?We are supporting the vision with a range of initiatives that will bring both buyers and sellers to this leading-edge platform. For a start, we are working very closely with our industry partners, especially trade associations worldwide.?

As well as the nine member associations of CEMATEX, based in Belgium (Symatex), France (UCMTF), Germany (VDMA), Italy (ACIMIT), Netherlands (GTM), Spain (AMEC AMTEX), Sweden (TMAS), Switzerland (Swissmem) and the United Kingdom (BTMA), MP International is collaborating with a number of textile machinery associations in key exhibitor markets to garner participation at ITMA 2011, including the American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), Japan Textile Machinery Association (JTMA), Korea Textile Machinery Association (KOTMA) and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI).

In addition, dedicated sales agents have been appointed in other key countries including India, South America and Turkey to assist companies with their participation.

The venue for the show is the modern Fira de Barcelona Gran V?a fairground, a complex of over 240,000 square metres featuring eight interconnected exhibition halls. Overall, the exhibition is expected to cover over 100,000 square metres net and attract more than 1,400 international exhibiting companies. Online application for space opens on 30 November 2009.

To apply for space or for more information on the exhibition, please visit www.itma.com.

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