Around 430 exhibitors from more than 10 countries and regions including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam will display their products at the Yarn Expo Spring during March 14-16 in Shanghai, providing trade buyers, around 22,000 are expected at the fair, with a diverse range of yarns and fibres.
The fair will depict current industry trends: the rise of innovative synthetic and specialty yarns and increasing demand for eco-friendly products.
The Birla Planet pavilion this year will include six exhibitors showcasing Birla Viscose, a heavy-metal-free fibre that is well suited to blending with other fibres. According to Peter Dong, marketing director of Aditya Birla Group, “there will be fierce competition in the industry in 2018 due to total production increasing by 15-20 per cent,” but the eco-friendly nature of their products, he believes, will maintain demand for them, especially in China.
Sateri Pavilion will also be there at this year’s fair. Sateri is a well-known brand in China. Specialising in viscose rayon, they are the largest producer of viscose fibre in the country with three mills and an annual capacity of 550,000 tonnes. Following the success of their debut pavilion at the previous Yarn Expo, they return again with their members who will showcase skin-friendly hygiene products made from viscose fibre.
Another interesting exhibitor will be Yibin Grace, whose most popular product is Gracell fibre made from 100 per cent pure wood pulp making it completely degradable. With high fibre strength and softness, it can be used in knitted products, woven wool fabrics, home textiles, nonwoven facial masks, and high-grade woven fabrics for jeans, trousers and shirts.
In previous editions of Yarn Expo, “many buyers were asking us if we have environmentally friendly products,” Qian Min, director of Jiangsu Guowang High-Technique Fiber’s Marketing Department reported. As such, Jiangsu Guowang will showcase new products this edition including low-temperature dyed fibres and heavy-metal-free fibres.
Together with Yarn Expo Spring 2018, four other textile trade fairs are held concurrently during March 14-16: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition, PH Value and the China International Fashion Fair (CHIC). Yarn Expo Spring is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) and the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT.