Provides interactive platform for brand exposure

From 15 – 17 October, more than 500 exhibitors from 14 countries & regions showcased an unrivalled range of yarn & fibre products. These exhibitors, as the largest gathering ever seen at the fair, welcomed a wide variety of visitors throughout the textile supply chain, solidifying the status of Yarn Expo as the leading first stop of every textile sourcing season.

“Although Yarn Expo was unable to be held concurrently with Intertextile Apparel this year, more industry players recognise this fair as a top show for yarn and this is why the turn out remained very strong,” explained Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK). “Our product range was more diverse than ever as exhibitors increasingly see China as the ideal market to introduce their latest innovations. For example, this year we’ve welcomed premium French linen and advanced Italian chemical fibres. Yarn Expo is a platform that promises to gather all of the top suppliers under one roof for genuine buyers.”

New international exhibitors join Yarn Expo Autumn

Significant new business partnerships in the yarn & fibre industry joined the fair, with new international sourcing options this edition. Highlighted big-name newcomers at the fair include Safilin from France, offering premium linen products developed through the brand’s extensive history, and Italy’s Sinterama Asia who will show their range of 1,200 diverse chemical fibres and end-uses.

One of the world’s largest single site spinners, Novetex Textiles from Hong Kong, also featured super soft merino in a wide range of colours, along with sustainable options in glen merino and 100 per cent lamb’s wool. Another highlight was Parkdale Mills from the US, the world’s leading manufacturer of spun yarns, who showcased cotton varieties, such as open end fibres, ring spun, air jet and vortex, in different blends.

Even more choice at the country & region and group pavilions

Returning to the fair this year with a strong collection of the country’s leading yarn & fibre exhibitors, another international must-see was the Pakistan Zone. Highlights included Abtex International who showcased their new mélange blends and fancy yarns, Fabcot’s cotton yarns and greige fabrics, and International Textile’s 100 per cent MJS yarn and fabrics. Meanwhile, Texstyle was also a worthwhile visit for those in keeping with sustainability trends, as they highlighted their recycled and regenerated yarns from cotton, polyester, acrylic and wool. Joining them were more than 50 exhibitors in the India Pavilion, organised by Texprocil, while domestic exhibitors were found at the Fancy Yarn Zone, Chemical Fibre Zone, Cotton Yarn Zone and Wool / Linen Zone. Group pavilions at the fair included the Sateri Pavilion and Birla Satellite. With demand rising within the Chinese market for fancy & speciality yarns, suitable for stand-out fashion trends, the trade potential for this product category was high. Business for eco-friendly and natural yarns was also reported to remain steady this edition, reflected by the India Pavilion, which increased in size by around 40 per cent this year.

Exhibitors feedback

Hervé Denoyelle, Business Development Manager, Safilin, France

“We are using Yarn Expo as a platform for brand exposure. We have a very good feeling about the demand for premium products in China. Yarn Expo has many more quality visitors in comparison to other fairs. We have had a very positive experience and will certainly return.”

Dr Siddhartha Rajagopal, Executive Director, TEXPROCIL (India Pavilion organisers)

“The participation in the India Pavilion has been quite good this year, all of the leading Indian companies are here and we are occupying much more space. It’s important to be here, the fair reflects market demand, and everybody comes here twice a year. We see a lot of potential growing in China.”

XuanCuu Do, Trade Director, Hanam Textile Company, Vietnam

“Compared with other similar fairs, Yarn Expo is a more professional industry platform and the buyers here are very diverse and of high quality, so we can meet many potential clients here. We’ve received many orders – especially orders from Chinese buyers, which is very inspiring and we always think the China market has great potential.”

Buyersopinions

Shashidhar Padmanabh Jha, Manager of Raw Material Development and Sourcing, MAS Intimates, Sri Lanka

“This is our first time at Yarn Expo, and we are here to explore the market and see what innovation is here. I have found a lot of new potential contacts. Yarn Expo is one of the top yarn and fibre shows in the world, so it attracts good quality suppliers. The VIP buyer programme has been very helpful; it’s convenient to have meetings set-up for me with exhibitors offering what I’m looking for.”

Andy Chu, World Knits Ltd, Mauritius

“Yarn Expo is good in terms of organisation, it’s easy to find each booth, it’s well organised into product groups and countries. I visit every year, and Yarn Expo helps me to meet all of my existing suppliers – they all come here. I can also meet new yarn suppliers. I think that this is the number one fair for yarn, and many of my peers agree.”

Zhanfeng Chen, Purchasing Manager, Zhejiang Xinhai Textiles Co., Ltd, China

“Yarn Expo has a good reputation in the textile yarn industry, buyers are becoming more internationally diversified each year, which can meet my purchasing needs. Partners and visitors at Yarn Expo each year can meet and exchange here to strengthen their business relationships. From this perspective, Yarn Expo plays a role as both a link and bond.”