Since service resumed between the borders of Hong Kong and Shenzhen, multiple industries have identified the Greater Bay Area (GBA), and Shenzhen especially, as a stronghold for international business activities. None more so than the apparel textile industry, which is constantly on the lookout for opportunities in South China’s fashion capital. With Intertextile Shenzhen set to take place from 6 – 8 November 2023 at Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, visitors can utilize the well-located yarn, textile, and garment platform to draw the curtain on this year’s sourcing season. The previous edition welcomed over 880 exhibitors and over 42,000 total visits, with this year’s show expected to see much-increased international participation.
Guangdong is well known as one of China’s key textile manufacturing provinces, with Shenzhen its highest contributor. Links from the entire apparel value chain connect in the Pearl River Delta, including wholesale markets, fabric markets, clothing processing plants, and fabric manufacturing plants. In addition, regional fashion is on the rise, a prime example being Shenzhen’s Dalang Fashion Town, home to over 700 fashion enterprises and nearly one-third of China Fashion Week – Top Award past winners.
In addition to strong regional participation, the organizers at this year’s GBA textile platform are anticipating a significant showing of exhibitors and visitors from across China and beyond its borders. Ms Wilmet Shea, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt HK Ltd, commented: “Across all four halls, buyers will be on the lookout for a wide variety of domestic and foreign textiles and clothing accessories, which our diverse range of exhibitors will be on hand to supply. Alongside other overseas booths, this edition marks the return to the International Hall of the Japan and Korea Pavilions, both high-traffic areas at previous editions, and both set to gather multiple suppliers seeking to expand their markets in South China”.
Well-known for small minimum order quantities, exhibitors at the Japan Pavilion will mostly be showcasing accessories, pattern designs, and high-quality cotton and man-made fabrics for menswear, ladieswear, and sportswear. The Korea Pavilion will display various fabrics, across ladieswear, casualwear, functional wear, and more, with products including polyester and rayon jacquard double knitting, recycled and woven, functional, embroidery, a range of blends, and more.
Beyond the two international pavilions, suppliers from other countries and regions will display diverse product selections, ranging from functional fibres to denim fabrics. Highlighted exhibitors include:
- Bossa (Türkiye): the Turkish denim manufacturer will be showcasing its Autumn Winter 25 collection. The collection is divided into three groups, namely Denim-on-Denim, focusing on fashionable pairings between different articles of clothing; Normcore, utilizing classic styles with quality and authenticity; and Y2K, characterized by a mix of futuristic and retro elements.
- Henglun Textile (Vietnam): with manufacturing bases in both China and Vietnam, the well-known company will exhibit a variety of functional fabrics, offering qualities such as softness, wicking and quick dry, anti-bacteria and anti-deodorization, super stretch with perfect recovery, and thermal protection.
- PT WinnerSumbiri Knitting Factory (Indonesia): supplying brands such as UNIQLO, Target, and Victoria’s Secret, WinnerSumbiri produces warp and weft knit fabrics. Specializing in synthetics, the company’s spandex and nylon polyester yarns are sourced from top-quality suppliers.
Multi-faceted fringe events to provide insights to fairgoers
With multiple sourcing options from across China, Asia, and Europe, a healthy number of buyers from the GBA and beyond are expected at November’s textile platform, the show’s first edition post-pandemic. For added value, the show’s comprehensive fringe programme will cover a variety of topics, with experts discussing everything from fabric trends to sustainability.
Overall, the fringe programme is expected to platform a wide range of seminars, discussions, product presentations, and more, with two events featured below. The first is Fabrics China Trend A/W 24-25 forum, presented by leading forecasters from the China Textile Information Center (CTIC). Secondly, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) will hold a panel discussion about Empowering Sustainability and Circularity through Innovation.
Held concurrently with Yarn Expo Shenzhen, DPARK (Fashion Design), and PH Value, Intertextile Shenzhen Apparel Fabrics is organized by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Center.
Intertextile Shenzhen Apparel Fabrics will be held from 6 – 8 November 2023.