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CINE highlights demand in automotive, hygiene, eco
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The third edition of the China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE – supported by Techtextil) highlighted that there was strong demand for nonwovens in the automotive, hygiene and eco sectors. The expo attracted 107 companies. There were 3,738 trade buyers from 19 countries and regions at the show which was held during June 3 – 5 in Shanghai.
First-time participants Reifenhäuser Reicofil were amongst those to point out the demand for nonwovens in the automotive, hygiene and eco sectors. “The nonwovens sector with the most potential in China is definitely hygiene, including diapers and personal care,” Detlef Frey, head of R and D for the German company explained.
“These are growing fast everywhere, but especially in China. Consumers here are paying more attention to the quality and features of these products,” Frey added.
Shanghai Shenda, one of the country’s largest producers of automotive textiles, noted strong demand in this sector, as well as for eco-friendly products. “The automobile industry in China is currently undergoing vigorous development, and I expect the application of nonwovens in this sector to become wider in the near future. Another sector with great potential in China for nonwovens is environmental protection. We are currently engaged in a number of clean-up and prevention projects,” Qian Peng, deputy director of the company noted.
Forum speaker Vincent Hu, from the Taiwan Textile Research Institute, also outlined the potential in the filtration sector due to environmental protection concerns. “Both government policies and Chinese citizens are taking environmental protection seriously, and against such a backdrop, I am optimistic about the development of the filtration market here, especially for air filters.”
Italian company Trelleborg Coated Systems reported strong demand for their products in the automotive and medical industries. Daniel Zheng, business development manager for their Shanghai office explained: “I feel especially optimistic about these two industries in the future. Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly demanding on the function and performance of vehicles, so our products can be more widely used. Quality assurance in the medical industry is also becoming much stricter, which we are benefitting from.”
There were satisfactory results for both international and Chinese participants. “Being at this fair is very beneficial for us as we have many successful customers in China, but we still want to meet more potential customers which we can achieve at this fair. We also exhibited here to learn more about the Chinese market, and to showcase our new technology which we hope will convince the market to turn to better fabrics,” Frey said.
“We are the Chinese agent for Italian brand Sicam Srl. We have exhibited here since the first edition, and think it is the leading event in the Chinese nonwovens industry because of its professionalism and reputation. We can maintain relationships with our existing customers here, as well as meet new ones,” Hu Lixia, sales director, Beijing ORIT, China, said.
“The feedback has been good so far. There have been many potential buyers both from China and aboard coming to our booth to ask about our products. This is a great fair with many high-quality companies exhibiting, while we can also meet a number of worldwide industry leaders that attend to discuss the industry’s challenges and opportunities,” Qian Peng, deputy director, Shanghai Shenda, China, said.
The next Messe Frankfurt event in the technical textiles and nonwovens sector to take place in China will be Cinte Techtextil China, scheduled to be held in September 2020. Responding to ongoing market demand, a premium area for eco products will be among the new features of the 2020 event. (SV)