China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum Attracts 5,000 Attendees
Messe Frankfurt’s new nonwovens event, the China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE – supported by Techtextil), concluded last month with positive results.
The three-day event was held in Shanghai Mart Oct. 14-16 and featured nearly 100 exhibitors covering an area of 6,000 square meters, which attracted nearly 5,000 visitors from 29 countries and regions.
Products featured included machinery and ancillaries for nonwovens, nonwovens and nonwoven products, raw materials and chemicals for nonwovens, and industry-related services, while the concurrent forum addressed the latest issues in the Chinese and global nonwovens industries.
Wendy Wen, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said, “This new event was created to help the industry take advantage of the high potential areas in the Chinese nonwovens industry: hygiene, medical and filtration. The feedback from exhibitors, as well as the discussions generated during the forum sessions confirmed this potential, and there is a very optimistic view of the industry at present in China which presents exciting opportunities for overseas suppliers to take advantage of.”
Exhibitors praised the event as an effective platform to meet buyers. Chinese exhibitor Furekan was displaying their new nonwoven product made from seaweed fibres and chitosan, which is renowned for its anti-bacterial and healing properties. Tang Liang, sales manager, said: “We have been very busy since the first day, and this is an effective platform for us to demonstrate our new products.”
On the other hand, the quality and variety of products and technologies on display was praised by buyers as well. Li Jie, project manager at Standridge Colour, China, expressed appreciation for the range of products at the event, adding, “Compared to other fairs we have visited, this event includes a greater assortment of products, covering every aspect of the nonwovens industry. It also allows us to find new suppliers.”
Those from the academic field also attended CINE, and were impressed by the new products, technologies and trends on offer. “To learn about new technologies, products and market trends here is a great experience,” Ding Yuanrong from Soochow University said.
The first ever CINE attracted major corporations within the industry. Felix Liu from Autefa Solutions China visited the event and commented on the positive effects China’s growing economy has had on the rapidly increasing demand for nonwovens.
He said, “Due to the rapid economic growth in China, demand for nonwovens products is rising. At this fair, I have made some good contacts with many spunlace manufacturers, and have met lots of potential new suppliers. In addition, I was deeply impressed by the organisation of the fair.”