A myriad of exciting knowledge and networking events will be held at ITMA 2019. Some of the events will be organised by ITMA in partnership with leading industry organisations. Events you can look forward to at ITMA 2019 include:

21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 June
ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum Planet Textiles Textile Colourant & Chemical Leaders Forum Digital Textile Conference Better Cotton Initiative Seminar
SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum Texmeeting by TEXFOR

Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable

ITMA will jointly organise the Nonwovens Forum @ ITMA 2019 with the International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA). The event will feature discussions on the latest innovations in nonwovens.

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Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable

ITMA will jointly organise the Nonwovens Forum @ ITMA 2019 with the International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA). The event will feature discussions on the latest innovations in nonwovens.

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Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 4

Theme: Value of Chemical and Environmental Management

The SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum will focus on the value of chemical and environmental management, the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), the ZDHC tools and implementation, and ways of continuous improvements at facility level. The Manufacturer Forum promises to be informative and highly practical. The morning session will provide the most recent overview of SAC and ZDHC, and demonstrate the related approaches and tools. Afternoon discussions will focus on the practicalities of implementation and provide teaser trainings on best practices. The day will close with an evening reception as an enjoyable opportunity for further discussion and for networking amongst industry peers.

For enquiries, email Jennifer Kwong at

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Date: 22 June 2019 | Time: 8.30 am – 6 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Sustainable Innovation & Technology

For a decade, Planet Textiles has been the leading international event on textile sustainability has been a springboard for retail and brand executives to implement practical, real, tangible change within their supply chains. 

A truly global event which has taken place in regions such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Bangalore, and Vancouver, the 10th edition will see an unrivalled gathering of industry experts from the entire fashion value chain. Delegates in Barcelona will detail disruptive new textile technology, expert insight from leading industry CEO’s, retail and apparel brands and NGO’s involved in the environmental space.

Supported by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, special sessions at Planet Textiles will feature the ZDHC Foundation and Fashion for Good, along with breakout sessions on what denim and textile production will look like in the second half of the 21st Century.

Planet Textiles is organised by MCL News & Media with support from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Fashion for Good and media partner Ecotextile News. 

For enquiries and sponsorship opportunities, email Paula Jones at

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Date: 23 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.45 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy

The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 will centre on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy. It explores how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can support the strategy under the influence of Industry 4.0 emerging strategic concept.

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Date: 24 June 2019 | Time: 10.30 am – 5.45 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Right Speed, Right Price

As digital textile printing matures, it is clear that chasing speed for its own sake is not always the best strategy. What matters is spotting the applications where digital textile can be a commercial winner by delivering the right quality, productivity and price. While ITMA 2015 saw the super-fast single-pass machines meet head-on, ITMA 2019 is likely to have a focus on ink innovation, and perhaps for the development of inkjet in other areas of textile finishing. The WTiN Digital Textile Conference at ITMA will also explore the trend for integration of on-demand print with downstream manufacturing processes.

For enquiries, email Daniel Green at

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Date: 25 June 2019 | Time: 10.15 am – 12.30 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Scaling More Sustainable Cotton through Collaboration

An introduction to the largest cotton sustainability standard in the world, with a multi-stakeholder approach to scaling more sustainable cotton farming practices. The event will feature an introduction to the Better Cotton Standard System, highlights from farming activities, and perspectives from guest speakers demonstrating value from field to store.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone working with cotton, including:

  • Retailers and brands
  • Textile and garment manufacturers
  • Civil society organisations
  • Raw material processing companies

Note: Subject to change without prior notice.

For enquiries, email Daren Abney at

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Date: 25 June 2019 | Time: 10 am – 2 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Texmeeting by TEXFOR was launched in 2013 in order to provide a forum for the textile industry to discuss solutions for different aspects related to the sector, as well as to create an appropriate framework to expand the network of professional contacts of the participants. This edition of the Texmeeting will be held alongside ITMA 2019 and with the support of the 080 Barcelona Fashion.



Mahlo showcased new developments

Cold as ICE: The international leading trade fair for coating and converting of paper, film, foil and nonwoven held with wintry temperatures true to its name. In the halls of Messe München, however, nobody felt the cold. Responsible for that were the industry’s latest technologies and developments – just like those of Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG.


At booth A5/1510 the nearly 7.200 visitor from 75 countries could witness firsthand the versatile measure and control technology of the Bavarian machine builder. The Qualiscan QMS-12 identifies important process parameters such as basis weight, moisture or coating add-on on the running web and helps to optimize the production process. Due to the various scanners and sensors available, the web gauging system can be integrated in almost every production line. For especially demanding applications Mahlo brought two re-engineered sensors to ICE, as Area Sales Manager Matthias Wulbeck explains: “For a highly precise measurement of transparent coats, our white light interference sensor Optoscope WLI is the right choice. With it, coating add-on as well as thickness can be determined.” The sensor is used inter alia with film extrusion and multilayer films.


According to Wulbeck, Mahlo is especially proud of its latest addition to its portfolio, the infrared sensor Infralot IMF. The in-house development is available in a reflective and transmitting version. Both designs – despite working with classic filter measurement principle – manage without rotating filter wheel and therefore guarantee a true same-spot measurement of reference and measurement filter. “That leads to a very high accuracy, especially with inhomogeneous products”, says Wulbeck. The web gauging expert instances measurement of moisture as well as the single components measurement on paper and nonwoven.

With the new sensors, Mahlo assures its position as one of the leading manufacturers of web gauging technology. “As a global player we have made a strong development in different industrial branches”, Wulbeck concludes. “With the constantly rising demands of a globalized production, quality control will be even more important in the future.”





14.05.19 – 17.05.19

14-17 Maggio 2019 Francoforte – Germania Hall 3.0 Stand D46 Techtextil è la principale fiera internazionale per tessili tecnici e tessuti non tessuti. Con oltre 1.300 espositori provenienti da 48 paesi e circa 27.500 visitatori provenienti da 97 diverse…

20.06.19 – 26.06.19

The Integrated Textile and Garment Manufacturing Technology Showcase 20-26 Giugno 2019 Barcellona – Spagna Hall H2 Stand B212 AIGLE parteciperà all’ITMA 2019, la fiera dove l’innovazione è sempre stata parte integrante. Sin dalla sua nascita nel 1951, ogni…


21.03.19 – 23.03.19

21-23 Marzo 2019 Monaco – Germania Nel 2019 l’industria del Floccaggio si riunisce ancora una volta, questa volta a Monaco, presso il 25th International Flock Symposium. Condivisione di notizie, conferenze informative e networking è, come sempre, al centro di questo…







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JEC Innovative technical systems for the trends in composites

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien looks back on a successful JEC, held 12.-14.03.2019 in Paris

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH successfully showcased high-tech machines for the composites sector at the JEC composites show, which was held from 12 to 14 March 2019 in Paris. “The mood was upbeat, the number of visitors was high, and I had many in-depth, technical conversations with existing customers and also with people expressing a new interest,” says Jochen Schmidt, the Managing Director of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH. The many technical discussions held with partners from Europe and the USA, as well as India and China, helped to contribute to the successful outcome. The discussions related to specific projects, plans and trends. According to Jochen Schmidt, a general trend away from simple lightweight construction technology towards components having integrated functions could be detected. The costs of increasing performance by using fibre-reinforced composite materials, especially when using carbon, are only justified for the most demanding applications. This managing director and his team had many conversations with suppliers to niche markets on the possibilities offered by the COP MAX 5. This multiaxial warp knitting machine for processing carbon scores points mainly because of its unbeatable productivity and excellent product quality.

On the other hand, the glass composites sector, with its competitive raw materials prices, continues to gain momentum. The driver of this demand continues to be the wind turbine sector, and increasingly industrial applications as well. A great deal of interest was also being shown in the COP MAX 4, an efficient multiaxial warp knitting machine for processing glass.

Dr. Jürgen Trötzsch, the Section Head of New Technologies at KARL MAYER Technische Textilien, was pleased to report that the sector is increasingly focusing on the topic of thermoplastic materials. He and his team have developed a line for producing thermoplastic UD tapes. They will launch this new innovation at ITMA 2019, but they had already started to arouse people’s curiosity about it at the JEC. “This line was the topic of many conversations. Some visitors came to gather information, while others had specific queries about the machinery, but they were all impressed by the quality of our tapes,” says Dr. Jürgen Trötzsch. This new line is the result of many years of expertise gained by the company in spreading technology. It guarantees a unique, homogeneous distribution of uniform, straight fibres, and thus delivers maximum potential for the lightweight engineering sector.