Texworld to host trade show in Istanbul

Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Parisian textile trade show, Texworld owned by Messe Frankfurt is to host its first Turkish edition in Istanbul next year, expanding its reach to offer new sourcing opportunities for buyers in the region. The new edition  is being launched to “satisfy demand” for imported fabrics from leading Asian textile nations and will showcase an international offering ranging from cotton to linen, including wool, silk, embroidery, lace, and knitted fabrics. In addition, the fair will also highlight Asian fabric manufacturers.

The debut show will take place in November 2014 in the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention & Exhibition Center in central Istanbul, and will then follow in the traditional cycle of fashion fabrics fairs, taking place twice a year in the Turkish capital.

“The launch of Texworld Istanbul marks a very exciting point in the development of Messe Frankfurt in Turkey”, explains Detlef Braun, member of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. “In the last ten years, our company has led the path for many Turkish textile professionals to a variety of international markets by offering high-quality fairs all across the globe. Now we are bringing the international fashion fabrics manufacturing base to Turkey.”

Messe Frankfurt launches Texworld Istanbul

The new tradeshow is being geared towards buyers and professional visitors from Turkey and from the surrounding region, including the Middle East and the Gulf States, Central Asia and Russia, as well as South Eastern Europe and North Africa.

Aleksandar Medjedovic, managing director of Messe Frankfurt Istanbul, the company's Turkish business unit, said: “Istanbul is a very convenient location to reach for all these countries, with several daily flight connections to all major business centres in those regions.

“This will add to the dynamic trade environment of Texworld Istanbul, which will be a new meeting point for Asian and global fashion fabrics manufacturers and their buyers from those fast-moving regions.”

But the reasons to set up a bi-annual show in Turkey is more than just about great transport links, the country has also been experiencing impressive growth rates in recent years and is currently ranked as the 16th largest economy in the world. In 2012, the textile industry accounted for 10.3 percent of the total export volume from Turkey and import volumes from Asian manufacturing centres have been on the increase, in Turkey and in many countries of the region, according to Messe Frankfurt, which is why the group feels it is right to create new partnerships for purchasing and manufacturing in the region.

Messe Frankfurt, with a turnover of 536.9 million euros claims to be one of the world's leading trade show organisers and in 2012, the group organised 109 trade fairs. The next edition of Texworld will take place from February 17 to 20, at Le Bourget, Paris.

Photos: Messe Frankfurt – Texworld Paris