Organised by Intralinks, ITCE Dubai 2004, which was held in Hall 5 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from September 7-9, 2004, saw over 1000 trade visitors from over 30 countries, visiting the three day show. More than 130 exhibitors representing18 countries participated at the event which was running parallel to its partner show, MOTEXHA Autumn 2004, the Middle East region’s largest Fashion and Textile trade fair.
Commenting on the impressive run of the show, Ahmed Ghozzi, Chairman, Intralinks said: “The GCC has become the nodal point of activity for textile manufacturers from the Middle East and North Africa region, owing to its multi billion dollar textile and garment production and related peripheral import market. The GCC countries, as evidenced by the keen interest shown by the visitors and exhibitors from around the region, is now in a strong position to become the conduit for technology transfers between machinery manufacturers and producers from around the world.”
Leading international textile machinery manufacturers from Europe, Middle East and Africa region participated in ITCE Dubai 2004. Turkey hosted the largest country pavilion with a 1300 square meters at ITCE.
“We are certainly impressed by the possibilities the GCC region offers as a technology trading hub for textile manufacturing,” said Mustafa Baºtürk, General Manager, Baºtürk Kapitone, a leading Turkish quilting machinery manufacturer. “ITCE Dubai has certainly helped us in networking in the regional markets as we have seen a steady volume of potential customers and business partners visiting us in this exhibition. In addition, we have also benefited from the concurrent running of MOTEXHA, as exhibitors from MOTEXHA have visited us and gave us business leads.”
Antonio Enrich, Product Manager, Gumatex S.L., Spain said: “ITCE Dubai formed the ideal platform for Gumatex to re-launch the renowned Jumberca brand. We were successful in getting trade enquiries from Morocco, Egypt, China, Iran and other GCC countries by our participation in ITCE Dubai. The countries in the GCC offers great potential as investments in new generation textile technologies is made possible due to the excellent opportunities for local representation. ITCE Dubai has certainly helped us to test hitherto untested markets.”
Leading companies from the UAE, such as like Al Borj, Forum, Omran, Oubari Gulf, Star Sewing and TransGulf, who are active in the GCC and the North African markets were also present at ITCE Dubai.
Amin Ahmed, Senior Manager, Al Borj said: “We came into the exhibition to showcase our offerings in the non apparel sectors as we are expanding into that sector. We also showcased our flagship ‘full automation’ solutions that assure value addition and quality to the finished product. Such value addition is crucial as the quota phase out is imminent by December 2004. We are pleased to have achieved our strategic goal here in ITCE Dubai 2004, as we were able to garner good numbers of high quality visitors and were successful in consolidating our expanding clientele.”
“ITCE Dubai has now become the signature event for textile machinery manufacturers from around the world who want to showcase their latest technologies and generate strong business,” said Ghozzi. “The textile and manufacturing industry in the GCC countries serves some of the world’s biggest names in textile and clothing industry and ITCE Dubai 2004 has assured that the industry benefits from the latest in technologies in the textile, garments and clothing manufacturing.”
ITCE Dubai 2004 was supported by The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Department of Economic Development-Government of Dubai and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority. The show also served as the meeting place for traders and visitors from 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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