Fancy and specialty yarns, especially those with added functionality, were reported to be high in demand from domestic trade buyers.
The new display zone, Fancy Yarn Vision, proved a popular stop for buyers to quickly and efficiently see samples from highlighted fancy yarn exhibitors on offer. Meanwhile, sustainability remains a key trend, particularly in Europe but also in China, and fringe events focused on sustainable products were filled with interested audience members.
Despite some economic uncertainty within the Chinese market, many exhibitors noted their optimism for the future, crediting this to the resilience of China’s dominant purchasing power. At the same time, the fair received good feedback from Southeast Asian exhibitors, who were able to meet new overseas clients, widening their global strategies.
“We collaborate with a lot of fashion brands like Uniqlo, Anta and Fila. Yarn Expo is very important for us and a ‘must attend’ show every year. It has a significant influence on our company’s business strategy. I can find whatever product I want here. We are also very happy to see the new Fancy Yarn display area, which is very handy for us to efficiently find good quality fancy yarn exhibitors,” said Bonnie Chan, manager of raw materials, Pacific Textiles, Hong Kong.
“I have been coming to Yarn Expo for the last six years. What I like about this show the most is that the suppliers display all kinds of products, always keeping up with industry trends. This show is way beyond a sourcing channel – it’s more like a stage for high-quality products and innovative concepts. It gathers everybody in one place which is effective,” said Rajiv Srivastava, manager, Neman Brothers & Association, US.
“Yarn Expo serves as a platform for networking and partnership exploration. I come here to meet my existing suppliers as well as check out new potential partners. At this edition, I sought out 30 potential suppliers that I am interested in, and I look forward to establishing business with them. We found more exhibitors here compared to other similar fairs,” said Marcin Kolasa, product development, Legs Spzoo, Poland.
“Yarn Expo is growing larger and becoming more international each year. Our exhibitors have met visitors from Korea, Egypt and Europe. Some visitors are placing orders onsite – so far, we have recorded 40 onsite orders at the India Pavilion. We have observed buyers with higher demand for regenerated yarns, and buyers pursuing products with higher quality as well as sustainability. It is essential for us to exhibit at both editions each year to maintain our business,” said Ravindranathan Narayanasamy, director, The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), India (India Pavilion organisers).
“We are happy with the visitor flow. In the first two days of Yarn Expo, we had over 140 visitors enquiring at our booth. We met visitors from Indonesia, Thailand and other Asian countries. The visitors were from different industry roles. Some of the visitors have already started to contact our sales team to place orders, and they would like to export and trade overseas. This offers new opportunities to avoid negative impacts from the Sino-US trade war,” said Shoaping Li, senior manager, China supply chain marketing – yarns and home textiles, Cotton Council International, US.
“We have joined Yarn Expo for ten continuous editions and have witnessed the scale of its growth. Compared to other similar fairs, this expo benefits from being in Shanghai and has a good reputation. That’s why more and more trade buyers attend every edition. This time, a lot of Chinese buyers showed strong interest in our high quality products. The crowds in Yarn Expo are strong evidence of China’s potential, especially in cotton and synthetic yarns,” said Rravi Taparia, senior vice president, Reliance Spinning Mills, Nepal.
“Our seminar result was very satisfying, with all seats occupied and even more people just standing to listen, which was way beyond our expectations. Yarn Expo is very professional and the offering is huge, that’s why people from all over the world come here. The fair has a good reputation within the industry and far-reaching influence, so it is a wise choice for us to launch new products here,” said Andy Zhang, sales deputy general manager, Sateri, China.
Yarn Expo is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT. Yarn Expo Autumn 2019 was held concurrently with the 25th Autumn Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, as well as CHIC and PH Value.
The next Yarn Expo Spring will be held from March11–13, 2020, and Yarn Expo Autumn will be held in September 2020.