Review: ITMA Barcelona 2019

One of the most important trade fairs within the industry, the International Textile & Garment Technology Exhibition ITMA, once again took place in June 2019: visitors to the exhibition halls in Barcelona had seven days to find out about the most recent trends and technologies surrounding textile processing.

Groz-Beckert carding exhibit and media tunnel at the trade fair stall

Groz-Beckert's exhibition space had been given a new look that proved to be very impressive. The company welcomed around 6,700 interested visitors from around the globe to their stall with a footprint of 1,500 square meters. The spacious stall in a contemporary, open-plan style was used to showcased all of the company's product areas:

Complex exhibits made of acrylic material illustrated the innovations within the context of Knitting, Weaving, Felting, Tufting, Carding and Sewing technologies. Augmented reality was also used to illustrate the exhibits: This type of presentation enabled visitors to get a detailed insight into the Groz-Beckert product range and see details that would normally remain invisible.

An illuminated media tunnel brought a bit of fun to the stall: A vast number of visitors took advantage of the opportunity to snap a selfie as a memento. In the tunnel the moving image wall consisting of thousands of small LED dots in the background represented a particular highlight.

There were also plenty of culinary delights – visitors at Groz-Beckert enjoyed a host of traditional Spanish dishes and international delicacies at the heart of the exhibition stall.

Anyone seeking a comfortable, tranquil space away from the exhibition's hustle and bustle was invited to take refuge in the upper level of the two-tier exhibition stall. The cozy lounge area was just the right place for a chat and a typically Spanish "café".

Groz-Beckert Lounge at the exhibition stall

Groz-Beckert catering area at the exhibition stall

Groz-Beckert used ITMA 2019 to showcase innovative solutions that meet tried-and-tested quality standards. The Knitting division, for example, focused on the finest transfer needle in the flat knitting sector in addition to the SAN™ SF special application needle in circular knitting. A new needle for sock machines was also presented in the field of leg wear, which impresses through its extreme durability in particular. Further highlights included new automation processes in weaving preparation and the unique Groz-Beckert customer product for nonwovens customers.

The highly innovative InLine series caught the attention of quite a few interested visitors at the exhibition stall, seeking more information from Groz-Beckert Carding experts. The new, revolving flat series and the improved tambour series for the spinning industry were also among the eye-catchers. The Sewing segment focused on the SAN® 10 special application needle and INH Quality Management (Ideal Needle Handling) to handle sewing machine needles as part of an innovative needle output unit.

Groz-Beckert Academy and the Technology and Development Center (TEZ) showcased their service range at the Innovation Hub and publicly discussed topics including e-learning strategies with interested visitors.

Groz-Beckert circular knitting exhibit at the exhibition stall

Groz-Beckert warp knitting exhibit at the exhibition stall

Groz-Beckert Innovation Hub at the exhibition stall

We have produced a short video clip of impressions from our stall in case you were unable to attend or would like to once again have a look back at the exhibition:

ITMA 2019 impressions