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Turkey Hosts Third ITM

ITM, Turkey's textile machinery exhibition, will feature hosiery machinery for the first time in 2009.

TW Special Report

I TM 2009, Turkey's International Textile Machinery Exhibition, will return to the Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey, June 6-10. This is the third edition of the show, held previously in 2004 and 2006 on a biennial cycle, and now on a three-year cycle.

The show is organized by Teknik Fuarcilik, Yayincilik ve Reklamcilik Tic. Ltd. Sti. and Tüyap Tüm Fuarcilik Yapim A.S., with the help of supporting partners the Turkish Textile Machinery and Accessories Manufacturers Association (TEMSAD) and the Turkish Textile Employers' Association (TTSIS).

ITM 2009 will return to Tüyap Fair in Istanbul, Turkey, the site of the first ITM in 2004.

Since its inception, the show has grown steadily. Organizers report some 1,500 exhibiting companies from 37 countries and 80,000 visitors are anticipated at ITM 2009. In 2006, the show featured 1,200 exhibitors and more than 70,000 visitors, while ITM 2004 hosted 880 exhibitors and more than 60,000 visitors.

At the upcoming edition, exhibitors showcasing a full range of textile manufacturing technologies will fill 10 halls covering approximately 42,000 square meters at the Tüyap Fair. Halls will be organized as follows:
•    Halls 1 and 4: computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing and computer-integrated management applications and automation systems; and spare parts and accessories;
•    Halls 2 and 3: cotton and yarn preparation and yarn twisting machinery, nonwoven machinery and technical textile technology;
•    Halls 5 and 6: dyeing, printing and finishing machinery; and textile chemicals, laboratory equipment and quality control systems;
•    Halls 7 and 8: weaving preparation and weaving machinery; and
•    Halls 9 and 10: flat and circular knitting machinery; and embroidery and quilting machinery.

The International Knitting, Embroidery, Hosiery Machineries, Spare Parts and Accessories Exhibition has been integrated into this year's edition of ITM. Visitors from the knitting sector will find an extensive selection of knitting technologies, including hosiery machinery on display for the first time at an ITM event.

Visitors may view exhibits from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., June 6-9; and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., June 10.

According to ITM organizers, textile manufacturers in Turkey - which globally is a major textile machinery importer - have postponed investments in new machinery until after viewing the newest technology at ITM 2009. In 2007, the three top exporters of textile machinery to Turkey were Germany, with machinery valued at $559 million; Switzerland, $280 million; and Italy, $277 million.

Organizers also anticipate a number of textile investors from the Middle East will attend this year's show to plan their future investments.

For more information about ITM 2009, contact Teknik Fuarcilik Ltd. 90-212-592-59-92; fax 92-212-599-38-82; info@teknikfuarcilik.com; www.itm2009.com.

May/June 2009