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Despite current challenges in the economic climate, owners of the ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, which will be held during June 12-16, say that they have booked additional exhibition space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) to meet exhibitors' demand.

Stephen Combes, President of the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), comments: "Response to this year's combined show is beyond our expectations. The strong demand for space attests to the effectiveness and popularity of the combined show as well as the resilience of the textile and textile machinery industry.

"We already had a long waitlist for space by the deadline for applications, and therefore made the decision to book the remaining space available in the venue to enable us to accommodate around 80 companies on our waitlist."

A snapshot of the previous edition of ITMA ASIA + CITME in 2010
With the additional 6,000sq m of exhibition space, the show will now gross over 132,000sq m, 30% larger than the previous event in 2010, and more than 1,230 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions will take part, according to the owners.

Wang Shutian, President of the China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), said, "Interest in the combined show remains extremely strong, especially from Chinese textile machinery manufacturers. As China's textile industry continues its transformation, the demand for advanced machinery and technology is on the rise. This is also reflected in the current uptrend in textile machinery trade."

China Customs statistics reveal that China's textile machinery foreign trade registered a year-on-year growth of 25.6% to reach US$7.6 billion in 2011. Of this sum, exports amounted to US$2.25 billion while imports totaled US$5.36 billion.

To boost visitors' participation, overseas promotional activities on ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 were previously held in Bangladesh, India and Russia. Besides, visits to Vietnam, Pakistan and Indonesia have also been scheduled. In China, an intensive roadshow covering Fujian, Guangdong, Henan and Shandong provinces is also underway.

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 is organized by the Beijing Textile Machinery International Exhibition Co Ltd, and co-organized by MP International Pte Ltd. It is owned by the CEMATEX, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry of The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT TEX), the CTMA, and the China International Exhibition Center Group Corp (CIEC).
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