Spotlight On Turkey
Almost 9,000 visitors from 50 countries came to Hightex 2005, which featured 250 exhibitors active in the technical textiles and nonwovens sectors.
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Hightex 2005 attracted visitors from Eastern Europe, the Middle and Near East, and North Africa.
Many attendees said this event was the right place for people who are participating in the conventional textiles sector but are seeking alternative ways to invest.
According to organizers, when increasing competition in the nonwovens and technical textiles sectors is considered, the quality of exhibitors and visitors at Hightex clearly proved Turkey can become an important producer and market for these sectors.
Regarded as an indication of movement in Turkey from traditional textiles towards technical textiles — production in which high technology is utilized — the exhibition was perceived by both exhibitors and visitors as a good opportunity to increase awareness of the nonwovens sector, share information, improve trade in world nonwovens markets and increase profitability.
“Our aim was to join the nonwoven and technical textiles sectors, which are developing rapidly and becoming the focus of investment, with the technology developers in America, Europe and other centers all over the world. We believe that new opportunities and new customers will emerge in this, the world’s fastest-developing market,” Güney added.
Ümit Vural, director of operations, Teknik Ltd., said Teknik is very proud of organizing Hightex 2005 following the International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITM), held last year in Istanbul, which he said is among the most important and largest international exhibitions in the world. He added that having exhibitors at this global level makes Hightex even more essential.
The congress aimed to guide textile industrialists currently producing or planning to produce in this field. “Smart” clothes; high-performance fibers; packaging, industrial, protective and automotive textiles; as well as filtration, were discussed.
The Innovation Relay Center-Ege held a series of Cooperation and Technology Relay meetings during the show in an effort to bring together machinery manufacturers, customers and partners in the European Union.
Hightex organizers continue to make a diligent effort to promote Istanbul as an attractive location for textile exhibitions — one that offers good value to exhibitors and visitors alike and an opportunity to participate in a growing market.
Hightex will be held every other year, with the next show scheduled for 2007. The next edition of ITM will take place June 27 through July 2, 2006, at the CNR Expo Fair and Congress Centre in Istanbul.