17/03/2021 – Full spectrum of the textile supply chain

Intertextile Apparel opens its Spring Edition today

Nearly 2,600 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions join the fair at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, from 17 – 19 March.


With online and hybrid solutions running in tandem with the physical fair and a broad selection of products and services to discover, there is something to be found for every buyer. © Messe Frankfurt


Tens of thousands of buyers are expected to join the three-day fair, covering an exhibition space of nearly 160,000 sqm. Maintaining its strong position in the industry, the fair will remain a vital platform for business exchange, development and innovation as the main trading platform for the global industry’s spring/summer season.

The Intertextile mobile app and Connect PLUS, Intertextile’s online business matching platform, will be accessible to all registered buyers, providing particular benefits such as instant messaging and video call functions for those restricted by travel limitations.

Different zones for different purposes

In keeping with its international reputation, four popular country and region pavilions and zones from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan have returned, along with the Korea Textile Centre Group Pavilion, to feature their top products.

The Hybrid Showcase area returns accommodating exhibitors unable to travel to the fair. These exhibitors have the chance to display their products onsite, for buyers to touch and feel and can utilise the online services available to facilitate digital business meetings.

Innovative and quality international exhibitors form dedicated comprehensive product zones: Accessories Vision, All About Sustainability, Beyond Denim, Functional Lab, Premium Wool Zone, SalonEurope and Verve for Design. And Chinese exhibitors are grouped by product end-use throughout the halls.

Insights at the fringe programme

Alongside the array of products on offer, fairgoers can join the concurrent fringe programme to keep up-to-date with emerging trends and the latest market developments. Key leaders in the field offer their expertise and knowledgeable insights to the audience.

Some highlighted events to look out for include:

  • The Fabric to Fashion Buyer Forum explores localised approaches and successful cases that boost the ‘dual circulation of textiles’ – domestic sales and foreign trade.
  • The Future Materials Summit provides insight into the future direction in sustainable materials; more forum sessions will discuss how textile manufacturers can move from a linear production system to a more sustainable circular model.
  • The German Chinese Innovators Space is a project that aims to support new business partnerships between Berlin and China in the green tech, UX and design industries; a market insight keynote and a networking session will feature as part of the fair’s fringe programme.
  • The Innovation Forum for Textile Industrial Design looks into the cultural innovation and development trends of industrial design in the textile and apparel industry in China and around the world.
  • A keynote on The Impact of RCEP on China’s Textile & Apparel Industry discusses the challenges, opportunities and cooperation prospects brought about by the recently signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Register to view the full event programme here.