Antibacterial & sustainable products sought after at Yarn Expo spring

The organisers of Yarn Expo have announced that the industry warmly welcomed the return of spring edition last week, amidst a backdrop of optimism for the domestic market’s recovery and forecast. 387 exhibitors from six countries and regions joined the fair, whilst 21,204 visitors gathered to source at National Exhibition and Convention Centre (Shanghai).  Once again, the fair provided a series of digital options for those unable to travel to Shanghai, enhancing sourcing options and business results for all participants. This edition, fairgoers reported an increased popularity for hygiene, anti-bacterial and sustainable products, aligning with current trends that have been propelled forward by the pandemic, as company stated in a press release. Notably, many suppliers used the fair as a platform to introduce some of these latest inspirational products to the market, giving credit to its reputation for promoting innovation and development. “We are proud that Yarn Expo has managed to support the industry throughout the pandemic, with two editions taking place in 2020, preceding last week’s spring edition. Despite the disruptions to the supply chain over the past year, with the domestic market steadily regaining momentum, the industry can look ahead with some confidence,” Wendy Wen, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said in a press release. “What has been evident at this edition is the optimism of participants. Exhibitors have noted the potential presented by pandemic-related products such as PPE and the increased demand for more sustainable, hygienic and innovative products which is set to remain in the long-term. Accompanied by feelings of continued strength in China’s recovery, hopes are high for the future of the market,” Wen said. “Lastly, we are glad to have again been able to engage both domestic and international companies through our online services and hybrid exhibition packages. And now as we look ahead to the autumn edition, we hope to welcome more overseas participants, in person,” Wen concluded. “Yarn Expo is a leading trade fair in the industry and is an ideal platform to exchange the latest market information, to promote business interactions and meet potential new customers. In terms of products, we are focusing on anti-bacterial and lyocell products as people are now concentrated on leading healthy lifestyles due to the pandemic. I think consumer market trends will focus on health, safety, sustainability and convenience,” Simon Huang, vice president, commercial at Sateri, China, said. “We participate in this fair every year and at this edition we have met many new and existing customers. We are showcasing new products to try and stay connected with the market and to attract new customers. Due to the vaccination progress in China and the benefit of the current price trend of raw materials, I think the future of the yarn market is promising.” Wang Tao, sales manager, Zhejiang Huzhou Weida Group Co Ltd, China, said in the release. “Although our business was affected by the pandemic in the first half of last year, there was significant recovery in the second half which reflected the market circumstances as well. At this edition, we have received a lot of enquires about our organic cotton and have met with a great number of new customers, the visitor flow has been higher than last year,” Kyle Guo, senior executive, yarn, Texperts India Pvt Ltd, India, said. “Our company has exhibited at the fair at least 20 times, it is great for brand promotion and our theme this year is environmental protection. Since the pandemic, there has also been more interest in antimicrobial and protective products. The fair’s online platform is useful and aligns with the growth of online communication within the industry worldwide. We expect the market rebound will continue to strengthen this year,” Forest Chu, deputy general manager of brand operation, Jiangsu Shenghong Science and Technology Corp Ltd, China, said. “We often participate at Yarn Expo which is an ideal platform for sourcing. Our main purpose is to keep in touch with our existing suppliers and to meet more new exhibitors. We appreciate the chance to network at this fair and the overall result has been positive with an increased visitor flow from last year,” Yan, sales manager, Zhejiang Henglan Technology Co Ltd, China, said in the release. “Yarn Expo is an effective and one-stop sourcing platform and we’ve joined to meet existing and new customers. The concurrent fairs are beneficial as together, they cover a wide range of products, from raw materials like cotton yarn to garments. We are optimistic about our business and market forecast as we have experienced a steady growth in orders in the last few months. All in all, I think this fair is very successful and we can see the potential and positivity in the market.” Daniel Yang, business manager, Shanxi Qinyuan Textile Co Ltd, China, said. “This is the first time we have joined Yarn Expo and the quantity and quality of exhibitors are higher than I expected. Our aim is to meet some upstream and downstream customers here and we are following market trends to focus on sourcing environmentally-friendly and anti-bacterial materials which have gained popularity recently. Although the pandemic has impacted international participation, there are still some foreign exhibitors present. I am confident about the future prospects of the market,” Lu Jingxiang, director, Changshu Runfa Textile Co Ltd, China, said. Yarn Expo Spring took place alongside Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – spring edition, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – spring edition, PH Value and CHIC. The next edition of the fair, Yarn Expo autumn, will take place from August 25-27, 2021, once again at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (Shanghai) alongside the four concurrent fairs.

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