Navigating a choppy trade climate, it’s full steam ahead for the upcoming edition of Texworld Paris, Avantex Paris, Apparel Sourcing Paris and Shawls & Scarves Paris, the quartet of fabric and sourcing shows organized in the City of Light by Messe Frankfurt France.
Despite volatility being the new normal, exhibitor numbers are still robust, organizers said, with new markets continuing to open up. The event is slated to run at the Le Bourget exhibition center from Sept. 12 to 15.
“For sure, I think [Turkish exhibitors] are facing more questions than this time last year, but it’s not for that reason that the market will disappear,” said Michael Scherpe, chief executive officer of Messe Frankfurt France. “We’ve had the problems between Europe and Russia, but if I look at our show, it hasn’t really had an impact.”
Scherpe said it’s still too early to judge the impact of Brexit.
Registrations confirm a 37.5 percent spike in exhibitors at Apparel Sourcing Paris versus last September’s edition to more than 550, with a strong return from countries and regions including Morocco, Hong Kong, Indonesia and India. Countries showing for the first time include Guatemala and the United Arab Emirates, with an influx of exhibitors from the noncoastal western regions of China, including Jiangxi, Hubei and Sichuan.
For its 39th edition, Texworld Paris will host around 950 exhibitors from 24 countries, marking a 5 percent increase from the year-ago edition, with a strong return of exhibitors from the Netherlands, Thailand and the Czech Republic.
A cycle of conferences will be dedicated to the sourcing market, while slowly but surely, sustainability and best practices continue to shape the industry’s future, Scherpe said, citing Africa among regions to watch.
“I think we’ll see a lot of developments in Africa,” he said. “I’m just back from visiting some mills in Ethiopia and saw some ultra modern, top-of-the-range production sites set up by major Indian companies over there. With the mass market [sector], the changes won’t happen overnight, but everyone involved in the industry is trying to analyze what they have to do in the future. They’re more attentive to preparing the way.”
Among other countries developing their export programs, Scherpe cited Vietnam, adding that “one or two countries in the east — between Europe and China — will be interesting to watch, like Turkmenistan, which is good for cotton and denim production.”
Among new developments, Texworld Paris for its 39th edition will launch Elite, a new Olivier Lapidus-designed section gathering 22 mills from across seven countries geared to different sectors of the fashion market and offering a la carte sourcing. The exhibitors were handpicked by a Messe Frankfurt France selection committee.
“They can deliver in terms of volumes, they have the right infrastructure, logistics and organization, they have the right products and the right price,” Scherpe said.
Also targeting modernity and competitiveness, a new Korean pavilion at Texworld Paris, under the aegis of the Federation of Korean Textile Industries, will present 30 new exhibitors from South Korea. Known for technical and smart textiles, South Korea is Europe’s sixth biggest supplier of textiles and is the third most represented country at Texworld Paris after China and Turkey.
Avantex Paris, the fledgling show dedicated to high-tech fashion fabrics and the emerging market of connected textiles and apparel, will feature trend forums and exhibitor stands organized around a central conference space. Taiwanese exhibitor Sound Team will present a knit cap and earmuffs with built-in headphones using Bluetooth technology and cord-control wire.
Avantex Paris conferences will address the challenges of technological innovations in the various stages of the production chain.
In the show’s trends corner, two new exhibitions will showcase examples of how the haute couture and lingerie sectors are integrating increasingly technological textiles in their creations. On display will be dresses produced by the Fédération Française de la Création Couture Sur Mesure-Paris in collaboration with Texworld exhibitors, and lingerie designs made using high-tech materials and innovative processes by students from Paris-based fashion school Esmod.
New products will include umbrellas, leather bags and bow ties.
Features at Apparel Sourcing Paris will include Guatemalan pavilion under the aegis of the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries.
Guatemala’s textile industry has become a fundamental growth lever, organizers said, representing 4 percent of domestic production, with 159 apparel companies, 250 accessories and services companies, and 47 textile factories.