Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is ready for its fall edition, taking place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, October 13-15. The show’s more than 4,600 exhibitors from all fields of the apparel fabric and accessories sector will be presenting across two floors and grouped according to either their origin or field of usage. A highlight in this field are the show’s dedicated “product zones”.

Catering the needs of the fast-growing activewear market, the Performance Lab has been created as the newest addition to these product zones. The area will showcase functional fabrics by 60 overseas exhibitors, including names such as Nylstar or Thermore and a pavilion by fiber producer Invista. In addition to the Performance Lab, over 330 Chinese suppliers will also showcase functional wear and sportswear fabrics in hall 5.1.

Beyond Denim Trend Forum (photo: Intertextile)
Beyond Denim Trend Forum (photo: Intertextile)

Denim: All under one roof
The expanded Beyond Denim area will house denim yarns, fabrics, garments, accessories and machinery all in one place. First held a year ago, Beyond Denim grew by more than 70% this season due to a widened exhibitor range which now includes a number of ready-do-wear denim suppliers, too. Amongst the participators are SEI S.p.A. from Italy, the Lucky Textiles Group or H.W. Textiles from Hong-Kong and Chinese suppliers such as Advance Denim or the Panther Textiles Holding. The Beyond Denim area has been re-designed by American design studio Doneger Creative Services who also installed a dedicated Denim Forum, showcasing products and technology from the five trend themes Dwell, Western, Cyber, Artisan and Wanderer.

With the denim hall, Intertextile wants to especially address the domestic consumer market. Whilst China is the world’s largest exporter of denim, people tend to forget that due to a fast-growing Chinese middle class, the home-grown appetite for jeanswear is steadily growing, too.
Wendy Wen, senior general manager at Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd (organizer of Intertextile Shanghai): “The premium product areas of Intertextile Shanghai […], including SalonEurope, the Milano Unica Pavilion, the Premium Wool Zone and Verve for Design, attract a lot of high-end buyers from around the world. We believe with the changes we have made to the Beyond Denim concept, including the fact buyers can now find everything in this sector under one roof, this will elevate this area to the same reputation in the industry these others have.”

All About Sustainability zone (photo: Intertextile)
All About Sustainability zone (photo: Intertextile)

Focus on sustainability
Also the show’s All About Sustainability area has increased in size and will now host almost 50 exhibitors (+30%), amongst these NGOs, certifiers, testing companies as well as manufacturers from China, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Switzerland and the US, amongst these Marks & Spencer, or the Better Cotton Initiative. After China’s environmental protection laws got tightened, the country’s textile producers seek out ways to reduce their pollution impact, thereby forming a great opportunity for providers in the field.

The new legislation will also be a key topic at the Planet Textiles Summit held on October 14, jointly presented by MCL Global and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. Ten experts in the field (from organizations including Adidas Apparel Sourcing, VF Corporation, Bluesign Technologies or H&M) will share their knowledge on textiles and sustainability, covering both global and China-specific topics.

Events roundabout
And the rest of Intertextile’s fringe program is rich, too: over 25 seminars, forums and panel discussions are confirmed to take place, focusing on fashion trends, new materials and innovation, such as digital printing, which will even be addressed in an own forum.

Running concurrently with Intertextile, fashion trade show Chic will debut with its first ever fall edition, showcasing 700+ brands from 23 countries and regions in the halls 1-3 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center.

Additionally, Messe Frankfurt is also debuting with a new format at another spot in the Chinese metropolis: the China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE – supported by Techtextil) will be underway for the first time from October 14-16 at Shanghai Mart, hosting nearly 100 nonwovens suppliers.

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabric runs October 13-15 (Tuesday-Thursday) from 9 AM - 6 PM each day. For more information, check Intertextile's website.