Successful ITMA 2019


Despite the economic and political challenges around the world, ITMA 2019 in Barcelona was a success. More than 220 exhibitors from Germany including more than 110 VDMA member companies covered nearly all different machinery chapters with a focus on spinning, nonwoven, weaving, knitting, warp knitting, washing, belaching, dyeing, drying and finishing.

The overall exhibition space occupied by German machinery manufacturers was more than 21 thousand square meters, an increase of booth space by approximately 3.5 percent compared to ITMA 2015. 

ITMA was also an event for junior engineers. With the financial support of the VDMA, more than 300 students from eight technical universities took the chance to see high-tech live in Barcelona. An investment in the future of the sector that pays off.

Exhibiting VDMA member companies commented on ITMA 2019
Regina Brückner, CEO of Brückner Group and Chairperson of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association: “A VDMA survey at ITMA 2019 showed, that almost 90 percent of the exhibiting member companies considered both, the quantity and quality of visitors as good or very good. Visitors from all over the world came to Barcelona to discuss new projects. ITMA 2019 was an impressive statement for free trade!”

Dr. Dirk Burger, CEO, Trützschler Group: “The ITMA 2019 was a complete success for us. We received lots of positive feedback on our innovations and were very satisfied with the number of visitors and the quality of our contacts.”

Peter D. Dornier, CEO, Lindauer Dornier: “ITMA 2019 showed, that even in a 4.0 future, personal installation and maintenance support will remain an indispensable part of services but the portfolio will be supplemented by digital solutions.” 

Benjamin Mayer, Managing Director, Mayer & Cie.: “Given the economic situation the world is currently facing, ITMA was satisfactory. We received very good responses for our steps towards digitization.”

Georg Stausberg, CEO, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers: “The textile machinery industry with all its colorful facets presents itself in Barcelona in a quality never before achieved. In 2019, the European ITMA once again proves that it is and will remain the platform for innovation. The internationality of all visitors really makes it what it is – a world fair for over 120,000 people from all nations! We inspired our customers with four world premieres and a digital rollercoaster ride into the future of manmade fiber production.”

Marcel Konrad, Managing Director, WEKO: "ITMA 2019 in Barcelona has once again met our expectations. WEKO-NEO, our product innovation in minimum order quantity, has been very well received by trade visitors who want to produce sustainable "fashion".

Jürgen Jerzembeck, SETEX: "A modern productivity platform is the key to smart factory.
As a automation technology provider, we are focused on enabling textile companies and machine manufacturers to achieve more with their businesses, by bringing buzz-words into work: BI-Reporting, Predictive Maintenance, new M2M connectivity and Intelligent Assistant Systems. With the new approach on solution providing with our enhanced OrgaTEX MES X2 software and the all new SETEX 390 controller generation, which natively contains all essential technologies and properties for applications in industry 4.0 environments, we had a very positive trade fair experience."

Christina Stoiber, TEXPA: “ITMA 2019 in Barcelona was very successful for our company and we are already looking forward to the next ITMA in Milan”.“ITMA 2019 in Barcelona was very successful for our company and we are already looking forward to the next ITMA in Milan”.

Stephanie Marchsreiter, Mahlo: “Every four years, the ITMA serves as a guide for the technical and economic development of the industry. Accordingly, the anticipation was great and we looked forward to the seven days of the fair in Barcelona. After an intensive week, we can draw a positive balance. Despite the subdued situation on the world market, our sales representatives, application engineers and developers held very good and concrete discussions, concluded new orders and won many new interested customers.”

Maik Broghammer, Kern Liebers: “KERN-LIEBERS TEXTILE was represented with its entire range of knitting, warp knitting and spinning products. Many new contacts were made with new customers. The KERN-LIEBERS booth welcomed visitors from all over the world. ITMA 2019 was a success for KERN-LIEBERS TEXTILE.“

Fritz Legler, Sales and Marketing, Stäubli Bayreuth: “Attracting many quality visitors, ITMA 2019 Barcelona set again the perfect stage to show our latest innovative machines and solutions, including our vision and concept proposals of Industry 4.0. Intense exchange with customers and partners confirmed that we are on the right track with our product portfolio and services. Our teams could perceive positive vibes that support them in their daily quest for continuous product improvements rendering even more benefits to textile mills.”

Klaus Heinrichs, Vice President, Monforts: “We were extremely happy with this year’s show. In particular, we were inundated with requests for trials of the new CYD yarn dyeing pilot line by the leading denim manufacturers, while many European manufacturers were keen to discover what our latest Industry 4.0 developments such as digital twinning capability make possible, in addition to the further energy savings being made with our Montex stenters. We now anticipate being extremely busy in the second half of the year and beyond as a result of this sucess at ITMA 2019.”

Marcus Ott, Managing Director, Halo electronic: "The ITMA 2019 in Barcelona turned out to be a great success for us, although the high quality level of exhibition organisation from Milan 2015 was not achieved. Our assessment of Industry 4.0 and Augmented Reality as core topics was shared by both potential and existing customers. The feedback that our CEO Marcus Ott received after his brief presentation at the VDMA press conference confirms this assessment and provided valuable opportunities for networking with current competitors and potential partners."

Manfred Dobersberger, Managing Director, Pure Loop GesmbH: "With the live demonstration of our recycling technology directly at our booth, we were able to give the audience an insight into the wide range of applications for high-performance ISEC evo shredder-extruder technology from Pure Loop. Showing, that and how circular economy can be realized also in the textile industry, we attracted a great deal of interest, also by well-known sports equipment and outdoor clothing brands."

Dr. Hemmer, DILO: "ITMA 2019 in Barcelona was a total success for DiloGroup. More than 6000 interested parties and customers from more than 80 countries visited the Dilo booth, which with a space of 1150 m² was the largest booth in the nonwovens machinery sector."

Patrick Strehle, Managing Director, Seydel Maschinenfabrik GmbH: "Being present at the ITMA with our own booth for the first time since a few years we noticed a strong interest for our latest developments from a large number of customers. Despite a difficult economic situation in some of our target markets we obtained a positive feedback for promising business in the near future. ITMA is definitely the most important platform for promoting our niche products."

Julius Sobizack, CEO, ZSK Stickmaschinen GmbH: "ITMA is still the place to go and highlight every four years for us, again with an overwhelming international flair, an excellent opportunity to meet our customers from all over the world, and to connect with many more new companies from the textile and embroidery world. The fair was an excellent place to showcase new ZSK products and solutions, like our bead device and our innovative solutions in the field of technical embroidery where we can state a fast growing interest.” 

André Imhof, CEO, Autefa Solutions: "New machines with better performances, energy savings and the next generation of machine handling were topics during ITMA 2019. Autefa Solutions presented very successful the new Hydroentanglement machine V-Jet Futura that incorporates all these concepts. We have also expended our successful Futura concept to a new generation of Airlay cards. Service and technical support is very important for our customers. For that reason, we introduced Autefa Solutions Service 4. which covers all aspects of improving the performance of a production line during lifetime. We are now a full line supplier in all leading nonwoven technologies, from bale to fabric.“ 

Stephan Reiß, Sales Manager Europe, Baumüller: "The ITMA is one of the most important trade fairs for Baumüller. This year we also focussed on Industry 4.0 - With our new ProSimulation software applications can be virtually designed, optimized and put into operation. This significantly reduces the time and cost expenditures over the entire development process, from project planning to series maturity and possibly further optimization measures in the aftermath. For our customers, this represents a real competitive advantage in view of shorter innovation cycles in the textile industry."

Berhard Wolz, Global Key Account Management Textile Industry at Festo AG & Co. KG: “As Festo we are very pleased with the outcome of ITMA 2019 in Barcelona. We had a lot of great conversations with our customers and we were able to strengthen our relationship to the major global textile machines builders and also to get in touch with many new potential customers, especially in the emerging markets. The ITMA 2019 confirmed the high demand for robust and cost efficient pneumatic solutions in the textile industry, but also an increasing demand for solutions in the fields of digitalisation and Industry 4.0.”

Steffen Kraft, Leiter Global Sales, KAESER KOMPRESSOREN: "The ITMA in Barcelona is an important platform for KAESER to exchange with our many customers in the international textile industry and to acquire new potential international customers."