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120,000 expected at textile printing show ITMA 2019

More than 120,000 visitors will join 1,700 exhibitors including manufacturers Mimaki, EFI Reggiani and Kornit Digital at this month’s ITMA, the trendsetting textile and garment technology show that runs 20-26 June in Barcelona, Spain.

“ITMA is the textile and garment technology platform where the industry converges every four years to explore fresh ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth,” says organiser ITMA Services. “Technological innovation, a basic of industry transformation, is pivotal to the success of the textile and garment industry, and ITMA 2019 provides an unrivalled marketplace and knowledge platform.”

Over 120,000 visitors from 147 countries are expected at the week-long event. The 220,000sqm showcase will feature more than 1,700 exhibitors spread across 19 exhibit sectors.

A panel of industry experts has been invited to share future trends, rare insights and strategic solutions at the ITMA Speakers Platform - part of the ITMA Innovation Lab, which aims to promote innovation in the textile and garment industry. “At a time when the industry is facing massive disruption, intense competition and global challenges, the owner of ITMA, CEMATEX - the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, strives to add greater value to participants’ experience at ITMA 2019,” says Fritz Mayer, president of CEMATEX.

Invited industry speakers will join ITMA 2019 exhibitors to make presentations based on these themes: 

Innovative Raw Materials & Manufacturing Technology

Strategic Business Innovation through Automation & Digitalisation

Technical Textiles Innovations and Manufacturing Technology

Sustainable Textile & Garment Manufacturing in the Circular Economy.

Featuring the theme, Innovating the World of Textiles, ITMA 2019 will be held from 20 to 26 June at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. 

The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) comprises national textile machinery associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the owner of ITMA and ITMA ASIA. Considered the ‘Olympics’ of textile machinery exhibitions, ITMA has a 68-year history of displaying the latest technology for every single work process of textile and garment making. It is held every four years in Europe.

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zund3 3xl 3200 occZünd will feature its Over Cutter Camera OCC and advanced optical system that cuts patterned and digitally printed fabrics.

The textile industry is in the midst of a digital transformation with value chains that are becoming increasingly interconnected, says Zünd in a press release. "In a digital chain, automated cutting constitutes an important link. At ITMA, Zünd presents efficient, high-performance automated cutting workflows with state-of-the art software tools that illustrate the breadth of its digital know-how.

“As in so many other industries, digital technology has long since taken hold in the textile industry,” Zünd says. “Consumers are demanding individualized offerings and flexible solutions, tailor-made clothing and furnishings to measure – all at "off-the-rack" pricing. Design and configuration options are increasingly diverse as manufacturers become more agile and faster to cope with increasing market pressures and ever-shorter product life cycles. To accomplish all this, however, manufacturers need appropriate production processes. At ITMA (Hall 3, Booth B227), Zünd is exhibiting state-of-the-art digital cutting systems with comprehensive production workflows that cover everything from pattern matching to projection-supported removal of cut parts. Integrated, intelligent, digital – from start to finish.

“With the Over Cutter Camera OCC and its advanced optical system, cutting patterned and digitally printed fabrics is just as precise and easy as cutting non-printed or solid-coloured textiles. The OCC captures all register marks at once. If no register marks are available, the Over Cutter Camera can determine the position of the printed image by capturing a corresponding outline that was printed along with it. The system can also automatically detect patterns and any material distortions that may have occurred. When compensating for distortions, the system perfectly maintains dimensional accuracy of the cut parts and their correct position on patterned fabric. Based on reference points, the software also automatically determines the most efficient parts layout and nesting. Cutting, pattern matching, and nesting occur simultaneously to ensure uninterrupted processing. And in a final step, a projection system facilitates the removal of cut parts.”