The Rupp Report: Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year (?)
By Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor
What an amazing 2007 for the international textile community. China is a full member of the WTO
with all its consequences.
India is ramping up the pace and is competing with its products more and more against the whole textile world.
The world consumption of energy is increasing dramatically. On the other hand, some countries that are the big energy consumers are not recognizing that we are getting closer to a climate collapse — greetings from Bali.
Then, the textile machinery world was celebrating the best ITMA ever. Munich 2007 was a revelation in terms of organization, set up of the halls, the beautiful city itself, and so on. Barcelona — by the way one of my favorite cities — is having a hard time competing with that high level to organize ITMA Europe 2011. Let’s give them a chance and stop arguing about other host cities.
The decision to move ITMA Asia from Singapore to China is the talk of the world. Europeans mainly are complaining here and there about the organization. Some people are even talking about “ stopping the exercise” and going back to Singapore. What an idea, six months before the show should take off.
Finally, I would like to thank all our advertisers — and, even more, our readers — for their constant support. This report, especially, is having an impact nobody dreamt of when we started it. Thanks for all the nice words. This gives us the courage and the guts to continue to put our fingers on hot issues, without making polemics.
The whole Textile World team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you soon somewhere.
December 27, 2007