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GCC textile manufacturing technology sector abuzz as ITCE Dubai 2004 opens

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, September 07 - 2004 @ 15:39

The show, which was inaugurated, by Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, President, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), is the premiere destination for the textile and garment manufacturing industry in the GCC and surrounding countries, with more than 130 exhibitors from over 18 countries participating at the event.

Organised by Intralinks, ITCE Dubai 2004 which is being held in Hall 5 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from September 7-9, 2004, is coinciding with its partner show, MOTEXHA Autumn 2004, the Middle East region’s largest Fashion and Textile trade fair. ITCE Dubai 2004 will offer more than 6000 trade visitors a full package in the apparel supply chain be it textile machinery, manufacturing technology or accessories from across the world.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, President, DCCI, said: “The textile industry in Dubai is growing very fast, strengthened by its growing position as the business hub of the region and with the increase in number of customers and international tourists with higher purchasing parity. Owing to Dubai’s strategic location, several international companies have made Dubai their regional headquarters. The DCCI in our role as the custodians of the business activity in the Emirate is actively promoting the textile industry by organising a textile traders conference by early next month.”

“Dubai’s strategic location combined with the high value import, as much as AED 11.5 billion, worth of textiles and related peripherals, makes the textile industry here, the most vibrant,” he added.

Ahmed Ghozzi, Chairman, Intralinks said: “ITCE Dubai is a key event for manufacturers from the region who are scouting for the latest in textile technologies. The GCC has a manufacturing sector that serving some of the biggest textile and clothing import markets in the world. With the show in Dubai we hope to bring the next generation technologies in the textile, garments and clothing manufacturing to the US$ 11 billion market in the Middle East.”

“ITCE Dubai has gathered fantastic support from enthusiastic manufacturers and trade visitors alike. We thank the outstanding institutional support of DCCI and other governmental agencies that have ensured that our debuting here in Dubai is a great success,” he added.

Leading textile machinery manufacturers from Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region represent the bulk of exhibitors at ITCE Dubai 2004. The UAE is leading the list of Middle East exhibitors with industry leaders like Al Borj, Forum, Omran, Oubari Gulf, Star Sewing and TransGulf being present. The Syrian General Organisation for Textile Industry, a part of the Syrian Ministry of Industry along with a high-powered delegation headed by the Organisation of Weaving Industry is visiting ITCE Dubai to promote Syrian textile manufacturing technology. The Far East manufacturers from Japan Korea and Taiwan are also exhibiting at ITCE Dubai 2004. Turkey is also having an impressive presence at ITCE Dubai 2004 with a 1300 square metres stand.

“Turkey with its enviable position being at the cross roads of East and the West form the ideal channel through which technology and wares can be exchanged between the biggest textile producer and consumer markets in the world. ITCE Dubai 2004 forms the ideal location for Turkish textile technology vendors to showcase their products, due to the importance of Dubai in the Middle East as a cosmopolitan business hub and the consolidation that is taking place here in the market place,” explained Ghozzi.

“Textile and Clothing industry plays a crucial role in the national economies. Anticipating the quota phase out, there has been an increased rigour to consolidate the industry here in the GCC, by launching industry specific clusters like Dubai Textile City. Such governmental action will certainly lead to greater export and import activity of textile related articles revitalising the industry,” said Ghozzi “ITCE Dubai 2004 will further enhance such actions as it also serves as a forum for industry leaders to share ideas for nurturing and developing the industry in the region.”

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Department of Economic Development-Government of Dubai and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority are supporting the ITCE Dubai 2004. The show will serve the traders and visitors from over 30 countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, UAE, Russia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

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