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Shanghai - The dates for this year's Yarn Expo Autumn exhibition have been switched with the show now set to run alongside the upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition.

Yarn Expo Autumn normally runs in conjunction with the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics show which this year is due to take place at the end of September.

However, a shortage of hall space at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, brought about renovation work, means the Yarn Expo event will now take place from 15 – 17 October, the same time as the biennial ITMA Asia + CITME which runs for two extra days until 19 October.

Yarn Expo organisers Messe Frankfurt were informed that that the scale of CIIE – an initiative launched personally by Chinese President Xi Jinping at a Belt & Road Forum in 2017, had necessitated the renovation of three halls at the National Exhibition and Convention Center for a period of two months starting in early September.

“This unavailability of the halls was unforeseen,” Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd explained, “but upon notice from the fairground, we immediately assessed all possible alternatives for hosting the fair. While it is unfortunate that for this edition it will not be taking place concurrently with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, we are confident that the same strong business results can still be achieved alongside ITMA Asia + CITME. With over 1,600 textile machinery manufacturers and some 100,000 trade buyers from different textile sectors taking part in ITMA Asia + CITME, Yarn Expo exhibitors will have abundant opportunities to meet buyers of apparel fabrics and home textiles as well as garment manufacturers.”

Yarn Expo Autumn is described as Asia’s leading trade platform for the yarn and fibre industry, with quality suppliers from around the world showcasing natural and blended yarns including cotton, wool, flax, and man-made fibres and yarns, as well as specialty products including elastic, fancy and blended yarns. Last year’s Autumn Edition attracted 493 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, and 17,185 trade buyers from 84 countries and regions.

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