60 Spanish textile technology companies to participate at ITMA

ITMA 2023
Alejandro Gallego, head, amec amtex

A total of 60 Spanish companies from the textile technology sector will participate this year in ITMA, which will take place from June 8 to 14 in Milan, a city that takes over from the previous edition held in 2019 in Barcelona, with great success. ITMA is the world’s largest international textile and garment technology exhibition, showcasing the latest innovations and trends in this industry.

ITMA is also the main meeting point between the textile technology industry and textile manufacturers. That is why, as it is the first fair after the pandemic, a large influx of public is expected. This is indicated by the high number of visitors who have already registered at ITMA CONNECT, and who are contacting the exhibitors. ITMA CONNECT, a tool that amec amtex presented to the sector for the first time last October, is an app based on artificial intelligence that aims to connect visitors and exhibitors at the fair before, during and after its celebration. Thanks to new technologies, the application shows the matching of interests between companies, which greatly facilitates all commercial management. It also helps exhibitors to have a digital space with all their information and commercial offer.

More sustainable than ever, the motto that encompasses the proposals of the Spanish sector

Although the recycling of textile garments was already present in various ways at previous fairs, this year it is properly introduced as a sector with its own entity and with much more presence, showing that recycling and reusing is a new trend that has been growing since it emerged and it will go further.

In order to publicize its solutions and innovations, amec amtex has scheduled a series of meetings and knowledge tours with international delegations, which will led to the stands of the textile technology companies in the community that are in line with the “dual transition”, that is, they carry out a more sustainable and more digital manufacturing. The amec amtex claim at ITMA, More sustainable than ever, “reflects all the work carried out in this line by these textile technology companies”, explains the head of amec amtex, Alejandro Gallego.

Once again, ITMA has reached its total exhibiting capacity of 118,000 square meters. “Despite the fact that being held in Milan has led to a somewhat lower number of Spanish participants, the number of square meters contracted by Spanish companies has been similar to that of 2019. Therefore, it gives us information that companies bet on the fair, even if they are not in Barcelona”, adds Gallego.

At the same time, in this edition the number of fabric manufacturing and finishing companies increases again, a fact that continues to position ITMA as the main meeting point for the entire value chain of the textile sector worldwide.

amec promotes the new key factors of competitiveness in companies

The community of internationalized industrial companies amec promotes the new key factors of competitiveness in Spanish companies: anticipation, adaptability, collaboration, glocalization and sustainability. The companies that are part of amec generate an export volume of more than 6,200 million euros, export an average of 57.7% of their turnover and invest 5.1% in innovation.