The recently concluded Yarn Expo Autumn fair set new records this year for both exhibitors and visitors.
Nearly 150 suppliers from 13 countries and regions took part, including Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand, and new countries Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Sri Lanka and Turkey. This marked a 50% increase compared to 2012. On the visitor side, 6,015 buyers from 63 countries and regions attended – a 25% increase on last year.
“The increase in both exhibitor and visitor numbers confirms that not only is the regional fibre and yarn industry in good shape, but also that this fair is the best platform to take advantage of the growing potential in Asia, and in particular, in the domestic Chinese market,” commented Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager for fair co-organiser Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.
“The increased presence from Indian and Pakistani exhibitors was noticeable, but it was also pleasing that five new countries were represented this year as well. This is something we expect to continue in the future.”
Exhibitors at the fair were satisfied with the range of buyers that were present. “No doubt this is a good show; we have met buyers from China as well as Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Italy, Germany and Turkey,” explained Asjad Khan, Master Textile Mills, Pakistan. This year’s Pakistan Zone featured 21 exhibitors, including yarn producers, Indus Dyeing & Manufacturing who were pleased with the buyer range.
“Siro yarn is popular and also spandex, bamboo and melange at the show. We have had a lot of buyers from China, but also some from Turkey, Japan, Korea and Portugal,” said S. Abedin Ahmed Rizvi. “We are already selling a lot to China, but we can reach new buyers at this show, as well as introduce our new products to existing customers.”
The Indian Pavilion contained over 50 exhibitors this year with a range of products on offer including dyed and fancy cotton yarns and natural fibres, varieties of single, twisted, compact, gassed, mercerised and crepe yarns for knitwear and weaving, as well as 100% cotton and linen yarns. According to K. Raju, the Regional Officer at pavilion organiser Texprocil, the overall feeling among participants was positive.
“The response here has been good, and our members have been very busy these past few days,” he said. “This show is a good opportunity to explore the Chinese market, especially as trade between China and India is growing.” N.V.N. Sudheer from Sri Nrkr Textiles agreed.
Exhibitors from other countries were equally satisfied. “We had some good meetings with Chinese traders which we hope to turn into business,” explained Sarunas Jurcius from Lithuanian cotton supplier Imlitex.
Exhibitors confirm demand still present in Chinese market
Despite recent economic uncertainty and a slowing of growth in the domestic market, many exhibitors confirmed the huge potential that still exists in China. “We see large demand in the future because in many cases it is more affordable for Chinese firms to import rather than purchase locally,” explained Abhijit Gawad from Indian firm Texperts India.
“Even though the economy has slowed overall, consumption here is still huge,” commented Rizwan Khan from Gul Ahmed Textile Mills, Pakistan, when asked about the potential in China.
This year, Yarn Expo Autumn was concurrently held with PH Value in the same venue (previously known as China International Knitting Trade Fair). Knitting yarn is also a common product that many buyers are looking for.
Product quality impresses buyers
Along with the noticeable increase in the number of exhibitors this year, buyers were also satisfied with the quality of products on offer. “The fair was very good, and there were a lot of quality products on display from both domestic and overseas exhibitors.
“I’m actually considering being an exhibitor here next year,” commented Mian Asif Raze from S.S. Enterprises, Pakistan. Chinese buyer Gao Xing from Haixing Materials Technology was also happy. “We found a lot of qualified exhibitors here; I will definitely come back next year,” he said.
Chinese fashion designer Liu Ting, from Suzhou Hengjin Apparel was impressed with the new products on offer. “As a fashion designer, I was glad to see the newly launched products here. Overall, I was very impressed by the professionalism of this fair,” she said. “There were many more international exhibitors here this year,” said Eva Li from Chinese firm MP Phoebee Textile. “The fair exceeded my expectations; I will definitely be back next year.”
Spring edition to be held in Shanghai
Next year’s spring edition of Yarn Expo will take place in Shanghai rather than Beijing, and will also be renamed to Yarn Expo Zone, located within Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition from 3 – 5 March 2014 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. The move to Shanghai next spring was welcomed by exhibitors and visitors.
“Shanghai is a better location, as it has more quality buyers,” opined Asjad Khan from Master Textile Mills, Pakistan. “The Shanghai show has more buyers compared to Beijing so we will join again next year,” explained Paul Eun from Indian cotton and cotton yarn producer Hanjung Exim. Alessandra Lanfranchi, a buyer from Italian company Martinelli Ginettio attends the fair every year and also agreed with the move to Shanghai. “It is a good idea, as it will attract more suppliers,” she said.,
Yarn Expo Autumn is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; The Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; China Cotton Textile Association; China Wool Textile Association; China Chemical Fiber Association; China Bast & Leaf Fibres Textiles Association; and China Textile Information Centre.