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{besps}ss/itmamilan{/besps}Milan - The Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre in Milan has been awarded the 17th edition of ITMA, the world?s largest exhibition of textile machinery, after beating of competition from three other short-listed bidders.

Marking its first return to Milan in 20 years, the exhibition, organised by CEMATEX, will take place from 12 to 19 November 2015.

Welcoming the news on behalf of the city itself and the region?s textile machinery industry, Sandro Salmoiraghi, President of ACIMIT, the association of Italian textile machinery manufacturers, praised the work done to secure the bid after Milan was chosen from an original list of 12 cities. ?The award of ITMA 2015 to Fiera Milano is the clearest sign that by working together we can achieve a very competitive bid,? he said.

?I thank Fiera Milano for all the efforts they have made to win the right to host the event. I thank CEMATEX for having once again chosen Italy, and also all the Italian textile machinery manufacturers for their strong support of ACIMIT during the bidding process?

The 2007 edition in Munich attracted 118,000 visitors from 151 countries, over 80% of whom came from outside Germany. In 2015 the show is projected to take up 100,000 square metres net of the exhibition space in the Rho-Pero venue.

Preparations for the next ITMA event in Barcelona (22 to 29 September 2011) are well underway; over 1,000 exhibitors have already applied for space, and the exhibition is on course to achieve its target size of 100,000 square metres net.

?We are very proud to announce this success today,? Fiera Milano General Manager Enrico Pazzali said. ?ITMA is in fact much more than a big exhibition. It is a very special event which takes place every four years, and all the major exhibition centres in Europe which are large enough to host it are always very keen to win this important contract.

?The event has a special significance for us. It represents recognition of our expertise as well as the high quality of Fiera Milano?s services provided to exhibition organisers. But it is also the ?jewel in the crown? for the Italian textile machinery industry which leads the world in textile production and exports.?

Mr Stephen R Combes, President of CEMATEX, added: ?We are delighted to announce that ITMA 2015 will be held in Milan. Our selection process took over a year and our investigations into all the short-listed venues were very thorough. We are extremely impressed with both the management team of Fiera Milano as well as the quality of the services and the infrastructure on-site, and we are convinced that we shall be offering our exhibitors and visitors a superb event there in 2015.

Mr. Combes also announced that MP International has been appointed to organise the show for the second time. ?MP International (MPI) will be the organiser of our ITMA 2015 in Milan. MPI organised our ITMA ASIA shows in Singapore in 2001 and 2005, they are co-organiser of our ITMA ASIA + CITME shows in Shanghai, and they are currently organising our ITMA 2011 show in Barcelona. Over the last 10 years of working with us they have developed a highly experienced ITMA team and we are extremely confident of their ability.?

Mr James Chia, MPI Chairman, said: ?We are privileged to be appointed to organise ITMA for the second time. The synergistic collaboration with CEMATEX and its association members will help to seamlessly put together a world-class showcase. By 2015, we will have 15 years of working relationship with CEMATEX. We are grateful to CEMATEX for the guidance and trust placed in us and we are fully committed to deliver the high quality that has been synonymous with the ITMA name over the last six decades.?

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