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ITMA 2023 Promises a World of Innovation in Milan

The world of textile, garments, and innovation will converge for the 19th edition of ITMA, the world’s most influential textile and garment technology exhibition, occupying all 12 halls of Milan’s sprawling Fiera Milano, from 8-14 June, 2023.

Held every four years, the CEMATEX-owned exhibition showcases the latest the industry has to offer. The global audience gets an opportunity to meet key decision makers from the world’s textile and garment producers and leading brand owners, see live demonstrations of textile and garment processing and printing technologies and machines on display, gather market intelligence, and forge collaborative partnerships to enhance their future businesses.

Sylvia Phua, Project Director of ITMA 2023, who is all excited about the record-breaking 1,720+ list of exhibitors from 48 countries participating in the mega event, says, “ITMA is the most established and comprehensive showcase of textile and garment technologies and solutions. As many exhibitions had been cancelled in the last two years, exhibitors are eager to showcase their latest innovation, especially those in the sustainability and circulatory space, to a global audience in-person.”


“ITMA 2023 will highlight innovations and new approaches that serve as catalysts to inspire and help textile and garment manufacturers grow their business, scale and sustain their transformation journey,” says Ernesto Maurer, President of CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers).

The textile and garment industry has been witnessing a technological revolution, most glaringly evident in the textile printing segment with direct-to-garment printing to the more recent direct-to-film and digital printing inks specifically made for optimum results.

Five countries from the Middle East including Egypt, Iran, Israel, Tunisia, and Turkey have confirmed their participation. Egypt’s Cladex Paper will have transfer papers used in textiles and arts and crafts on display, Israel’s Kornit Digital will showcase pigment ink based inkjet printers, while another Israeli company Stratasys will present their direct-to-textile 3D printer.


Major global brands including Brother, DuPont, Epson, Fujifilm, Inkcups, Kyocera, Mimaki, Sun Chemical, and Zünd will be exhibiting a slew of products in textile and garment printing and finishing including sublimation, UV, pigment, and water-based inkjet printers; digital printing inks; and automatic cutting systems.

Printing equipment manufacturer Brother will have its latest product, the GTX600 direct-to-garment printer on show. With a maximum print size of 61x61cm and print resolution up to 1200dpi, the GTX600 has been built for industrial-level performance, processing mass volumes of printed garments with high-quality design reproduction.

To keep things livelier, there are two events organized by ITMA on the sidelines of the main exhibition. The ITMA Textile Colourants and Chemicals Forum (9 June, 2023, 10.30am – 4.30pm) discusses on minimizing the carbon footprint of chemical treatment, improving dyehouse output treatment, achieving safe and sustainable chemistry, and fibre fragmentation.

The applications of nonwovens products have soared at breakneck speed, especially as the textile industry is striving for environmentally friendly and cost-effective production. The growth in the nonwovens textile sector has spurred further investments in R&D and innovative manufacturing. In this light, the ITMA Nonwovens Forum (10 June, 2023, 10.30am – 4.30pm) lets you discover the latest innovations and solutions amidst supply chain disruptions.

Innovator Xchange is another programme designed by ITMA to push the textile and garment industry forward sustainably. The five-day programme (9-13 June, 2023) will provide an excellent platform for visitors to learn about the latest innovations on display at ITMA 2023 and gain insights from industry experts on trending topics such as advanced materials, automation and digital future, innovative technologies, and sustainability and circularity.

The ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award presentations to winners and finalists will be held on the second day (9 June, 2023, 10.30am – 12.35pm). Launched in 2015 by CEMATEX, the award is in recognition of the collaborative efforts throughout the entire textile and garment value chain, to innovate with new and sustainable products, and promote outstanding research related to the industry.

The last ITMA was held in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2019.

Opening Hours: (8-13 June, 2023): 10am – 6pm. (14 June, 2023): 10am – 4pm.

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