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The Rupp Report
Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

On Your Mark For ITMA 2007

By Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

As everybody around the textile globe knows: The ITMA 2007 will take place in Munich/Germany from September 13 to 20, 2007. The event has set a new record: More than 1,450 exhibitors from 38 countries are expected to showcase their latest textile machinery developments to some 150,000 visitors in Munich. For those on their way to the show, as well as those that may not be aware of available services at ITMA, here are a few details that will help you improve your time at the “ Textile Machinery Olympics.”

The official ITMA website, www.itma.com, is a free tool for preparing for ITMA 2007. After registering, use the organizer function to optimize your trade-fair preparation and visit. There are several different organizer functions available.

The ITMA 2007 Exhibition Catalogue contains an Alphabetical Exhibitor Directory, an Exhibitor Directory by Products and an Exhibitor Directory by Countries. A small hall plan booklet that can be taken out of the catalogue gives visitors detailed plans of all 16 halls. The Exhibition Catalogue is available at a price of 4 euros at the information and cash counters in all entrances, as well as at information counters within the halls.

Free Transport Connections
All ITMA 2007 exhibitors, visitors and media representatives who have an entrance badge or a voucher have free use of the airport shuttle and of all public transport in the Munich area to and from the New Munich Trade Fair Centre.

The center may be reached easily by airport shuttle, public transport or car. Visitors who arrive at the airport or stay in the city center can take advantage of an efficient metro system that provides quick and easy access from the city to the fairground, and a regular and efficient airport shuttle service. For example, at Munich Central station you can take the underground U2. The trip to the trade fair center takes only about 20 minutes. Furthermore, Munich International Trade Fairs offers an airport shuttle bus service between the airport and the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. Buses depart every 30 minutes and travel nonstop to the fairgrounds. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes.

No Pictures, Please
Of course, for various reasons, photographing is generally not permitted on the trade fair grounds. Only exhibitors are allowed to take photos of their own stands. The ban on filming and photography during ITMA is indicated at all entrances by signs and rules of the house. Security guards will ensure compliance with these regulations.

Special Needs
ITMA 2007 commenced parallel to Ramadan and the Jewish New Year. Munich International Trade Fairs will provide a number of special services for Muslim and Jewish visitors. All information may be downloaded from the ITMA website. The brochure “Multinational Services” will be given to all interested visitors and exhibitors.

Munich is a nice place to be and is probably one of the most charming cities in Germany. The city has many opportunities for fun, shopping and sightseeing; and a great range of locations to enjoy typical Bavarian hospitality — not only at the Hofbräuhaus or the Oktoberfest. A tour to the famous Viktualienmarkt — Munich’s great marketplace situated on more than 22,000 square meters — or to the Ayinger Brewery is highly recommended. An insider tip from local people is to take the tram tour. By the way, never eat Weisswurst after lunch!

Are you ready now? The Textile World team is ready, too. For a chat, or just to relax for a few minutes, come and see us. We’l l be delighted to welcome you in Hall A4, Booth 207.

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