Intex South Asia, fuelling the Global Apparel and textile Market

November 24, 2018 written by
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The 4th edition of Intex South Asia has transformed into a comprehensive trade show and business intelligence conference, attracting hundreds of apparel and textile entrepreneurs and manufacturers from around the world, including South Asia, South East Asia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, the U.S., the U.K., and the European Union.

As the largest textile sourcing show in South Asia, coupled with the market intelligence provided at the ‘Business Forums’ and the ‘Fashion Fiesta’, Intex South Asia assists international exhibitors and trade visitors to connect and network with global textile and apparel industry business persons.

The success of Intex South Asia 2017 propels South Asia’s largest textile sourcing show to secure more exhibit space at the grand BMICH to accommodate the global apparel brands, retailers, sourcing and buying offices, apparel manufacturers, fashion designers, and labels and industry experts in attendance.

Intex South Asia debuted in 2015 and has grown tremendously over the last 3 editions. It has shown a 46 per cent rise in number of exhibitors and a 67 per cent growth in international buyers with 200 exhibitors from 15 countries and 3000+ buyers from 21 countries participating in 2017.

Intex South Asia, fuelling the Global Apparel and textile Market - 1 Hyosung continues global expansion at Intertextile Shanghai 2018 - 1

The show is organised with the official endorsement and support of The Ministry of Industry & Commerce of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL), Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF), Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh (EPB), Malaysia Knitting Manufacturers Association (MKMA), The Textile Merchants Group (TEXMAS) and many other leading industry trade bodies across Asia.

Three years of successful editions of Intex South Asia exhibition have created a positive buzz in the industry as a whole – from sourcing and design teams to manufacturers and importers. With a growing industry renewing global interest for quality and ethical products, increased international buyer traffic and order writing has set the stage for a successful 4th edition of Intex South Asia on a larger scale than before.

This year, buyers will see country pavilions including the India Pavilion organised by FIEO (Federation of Indian Export Organisations); the Taiwan Pavilion organised by Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) that would showcase innovative, functional and eco-friendly textiles for sports and athleisure sectors as well as the Bangladesh Pavilion organised by Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) of Bangladesh. More than 250 textile companies from 15 countries & regions including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and Australia will be present at Intex South Asia 2018. They will showcase their latest textile developments and connect with existing & potential buyers from South Asia and other international markets at the event.

Ms Arti Bhagat, Director of Worldex India, organiser of Intex South Asia said, “We are committed to making Sri Lanka the nodal point for commerce between South Asia and South East Asia as well as connecting to the EU, MENA and the US through the Intex South Asia platform.”

Grab this opportunity to visit and experience the 4th edition of Intex South Asia – the single, biggest international platform for textile sourcing of South Asia.

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, 2018 Autumn Edition - 2

Hyosung continues global expansion at Intertextile Shanghai 2018

Korean textile and chemical giant Hyosung Group took part in this year’s Intertextile Shanghai, one of the world’s largest textile conferences to date. Cho Hyun-joon, Chairman of the group, met with global partners such asAnta, a leading Chinese sportswear company and fast-fashion apparel

brand Yishion at the conference held on September 27-29.

Hyosung Chairman Cho Hyun-joon (center) at Intertextile Shanghai 2018. “The best way to understand and analyze the fast-changing market trends and customer needs is listen to their voice,” said Cho on the

sidelines of the forum. “To maintain our globally dominant position,

we plan to put our best efforts into improving our technology and

quality, while continuing to focus on effective and efficient

marketing activities.”

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Cho, who became Chairman in January 2017, has reiterated that he plans to continue expanding Hyosung’s global footprint. Earlier this year, Cho announced plans to build a spandex manufacturing facility in India by 2019. He also discussed ways to cooperate on new business opportunities with the Vietnamese Prime Minister.


In March this year, Hyosung said in a regulatory filing that it has

acquired the entire stake in Hyosung Vina Chemicals, its Vietnamese

corporation, for 194.2 billion won (US$174.7 million).


One of Hyosung’s main growth strategies has been to target customers worldwide. For instance, with an apparel industry worth 1.79 trillion yuan (US$260 billion) as of end-2016, China is an important market into which the company made a foray 20 years ago.


Hyosung TNC, its textile and trading arm and also the world’s No.1 spandex producer, said earlier this month that it has added smart

factory solutions to its overseas facilities in both China and Vietnam

for more efficient manufacturing. The solutions allow the company to

collect data and control the entire manufacturing process.

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, 2018 Autumn Edition

Around 78,000 trade buyers from some 110 countries and regions visited the 2018 Autumn Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, held during September 27-29. There were 4,480 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions, showing that the show was well received both by exhibitors and buyers. The exhibition also gave strong business results.

Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK), commented at the conclusion of the fair—“The diversity and internationality of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics once again came to the fore, as exhibitors and buyers were widely satisfied in meeting their participation objectives. This was aided by the earlier date, which more closely aligned the fair with the industry’s earlier Autumn / Winter sourcing season, and was appreciated by both exhibitors and buyers. There were many exhibitor success stories this edition throughout all the fair’s product categories, while those focusing either on meeting their existing customers or new buyers were able to find their targets. Those focused on China reported the continued strength of this market, while exhibitors targeting international markets were pleased with the buyer diversity and international brands in attendance. For buyers, the unrivalled range of quality products covering the entire apparel fabrics and accessories industry stood out the most for many of them.”

On the international exhibitors’ side, this edition’s strong growth was registered in the Functional Lab with the number of exhibitors increasing by 92 per cent, while participation in Premium Wool Zone grew by 30 per cent. In Accessories Vision, the number of overseas exhibitors increased by 25 per cent. Meanwhile, nearly all of the fair’s Group Pavilions, from the likes of Hyosung, INVISTA, DuPont and OEKO-TEX, were larger this edition, while new pavilions from Birla, ECOCERT + GOTS, the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Korea Outdoor and Sports Industry Association expanded the sourcing options for buyers.

While there was much business interaction in these areas, many buyers also found the time to gain inspiration for the next season in the fair’s many trend areas for A/W 19-20, including the Intertextile Directions Trend Forum, four Chinese trend forums, as well as trend areas in the Japan, Taiwan and Korea Pavilions. The fringe programme also included a new video display ‘FutureCast: The State of the Consumer’. Developed by the Doneger Group, this presentation helped the apparel industry to gain a wider perspective of the consumer market by delving into the main socio-cultural and innovation developments and their repercussions on business, design, creative and marketing opportunities.

“This is our first time exhibiting here and both we and our knitting partners have met a lot of potential customers. We target both brands and end-users, and the fair does attract quality Chinese fashion brands as well as garment knitters and weavers. Our products are quite expensive, so we target the high-end market and many visitors are from this sector. Victoria’s Secret saw our product in the Trend Forum and came to our booth. We’ve also had buyers from Icebreaker and other luxury brands visit us. Chinese buyers are looking for innovation from overseas brands, so we do attract more attention being an international company,” said James Tang, Marketing Manager, Südwolle Group, China (German brand), said.

“The China market pays more attention to the quality and functionality of products nowadays, which provides great potential for us. Dickies used our SOLOTEX fibre last season in China and had great success with it, so we see a lot of potential in this market. We have seen so many buyers in this fair, including textile producers and wholesalers, but also brands such as H&M, Lacrosse and Fila, and Chinese brands like Youngor, Li-Ning, Bosideng and Nanshan Group,” Norihisa Fujiwara, section manager, Textile and Apparel Business Dept, Teijin Frontier, Japan, said.

Speaking about the Premium Wool Zone, William Halstead, Sales Director, Taylor & Lodge, UK, said, “We are satisfied with the result this time. We always meet new contacts at this fair and the number of buyers in the Premium Wool Zone this time has increased. It’s important we are in this zone because of the growing made-to-measure business in China. The zone is very established in this market and many people know this is where to find high-quality wool. In Intertextile, although our main focus is on China, we’ve also seen customers from Singapore, India and the US.”

Functional Lab was also a great hit. “We exhibit here to promote our brand to Chinese consumers and brands and Intertextile Shanghai gives us a lot of exposure in the market. In addition, to many Chinese buyers, we’ve also met a lot of international visitors from the US, Europe, India and Bangladesh. The visitor flow has been excellent so far and we’ve already distributed around 4,500 brochures to interested buyers,” Yong Hwan Shin, Marketing Manager, Taekwang Industry, Korea, said.

“Our target here is the Chinese market, in particular high-end brands, and the buyer quality at Intertextile is very good. Septwolves and other well-known domestic brands have visited our booth, while we have also met some high-quality customers with stores on Alibaba, Tmall and Yanxuan. Online shopping is a big trend in China and the number of e-commerce apparel brands is growing very fast. In addition to these new contacts, we can also meet many of our existing customers here,” Anchuan Tang, design promotion manager, Esquel Ent, Hong Kong, said.

The show had a major focus on sustainability. “This edition, we moved to the All About Sustainability area and because of this we have met more high-quality customers who are interested in our sustainable products. Environmental protection is a big trend in China now, and Intertextile is a good platform for us to meet domestic buyers, while we can also meet some of our overseas customers here. This is a first-class business platform where we can not only meet our existing customers but also discover new ones,” Leon Xu, Sales Manager, Hemp Fortex Industries (Rushan), China, said.

“As one of the largest textile exhibitions in the world, we can not only meet many of our existing customers here, but also find new potential customers. The number of people in our booth at any one time is always high. Moreover, the quality of customers here is generally good, which, when it comes to doing business, is a unique feature of Intertextile when compared to similar exhibitions,” Sean Pan, Sales Manager, 3M Intl Trading (SHA), China, said.

Markus Göldi, General Manager, Global Trend, Switzerland, who participated as a buyer said, “This exhibition represents the whole textile industry, we can find everything we need! Nowhere else in the world can you find this, only here in China. One place, three days, you can find everything you need, including fabrics, trims and all the accessories, and you can find new suppliers to work with.”

Kuldeep Raswant, Golden Unicorn (HK), Hong Kong, said, “I found this fair amazingly well laid out and it has everything we are looking for. We are able to do 90 per cent of the sourcing we need to here. Intertextile also gives us insights into what are the new things coming out. It is a great experience to be here.”

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK); the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Centre.

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