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After a February session marked by the successful installation of the exhibition in Hall 5 of the Parc d'Expositions, Paris-Nord Villepinte next to Première Vision, the next edition of Expofil, which will take place from 18 to 21 September 2007, is announced with encouraging signs.
The development of the textile industry in the last few years forced the exhibition to adapt its plan and add the finishing touches to its strategy. From now on, Expofil, being more integrated at the heart of Première Vision Pluriel, is an essential element with a yarn and fibre offering at the origin of all creations. The exhibition is an international event in more than name. Originating from 17 countries, the exhibitors come from all horizons and visitors also include a very high proportion of international buyers. 47 spinners and fibre producers are registered to date, compared to 42 last February, of which 4 are new exhibitors, listed below:
AVS SPINNING (Belgium):
A spinner belonging to the Symaco group, the leader in mass dyed open-end yarns, using mostly 100% Lenzing viscose or a mixture with polyester (un-dyed or mass dyed), linen, or flame retardant fibres. Their range of colours includes more than 12,000 references.
A spinner specialising in yarns based on cellulose fibres (viscose, Modal, Tencel...), polyester and polyamide, mixed with natural fibres (wool, silk, cashmere, cotton). The main markets include underclothing and sportswear, and functional and furnishings fabrics.
CENTRAL TEXTILES (Hong Kong):
The largest Asian spinner of core spun stretch fibre. They offer pure and blended cotton yarns, as well as a range of organic cotton and other environmentally-friendly fibres (bamboo, rayon...). Their main outlets are knitting (flat bed and circular) and apparel weaving.
HOMER CHING (Taïwan):
Offers a very wide range of fancy fibres (loops, chenilles, chinés, tweeds, neps, slubs, kemps) which are used in flat-bed (pullovers, scarves, gloves) and circular knitting.
Also returning to Expofil is RAUMER, a famous producer of worsted yarns, classic and fancy, used for flat-bed knitting and weaving. In terms of its offering, Expofil consolidates its position in the markets of yarns used for weaving and circular knitting, notably thanks to the proximity of Première Vision. This offering is also largely derived from consumer demand for good value-added products to which European spinners are turning. Innovations led by fibre producers and spinners in the use of new technologies allow them to regularly introduce new items to the market, which respond to demand. These are products relying on performance or comfort, and which also respond to expectations linked to raised environmental or ethical awareness.
In the yarns for flat-bed knitting segment of the market, the offering has a foothold in numerous collections with classic yarns using top of the range materials designed for hosiery and ready-to-wear brands. Finally, we also find in the exhibition a strong offering of highly fancy yarn collections destined for hand knitting and knitting markets.
The design of the Expofil forum for this edition was given to Luc Jimenez; he will play on the effect of discrepancy, which was inspired by the spinners' prospective collections, a season ahead compared to the neighbouring weavers. The area is presented as an apartment, in three parts, so 3 different ways of turning the world upside down in the space with his vertical « executive » tables, « luminous » tables, like upside-down suspensions, and his « spiral » tables. On these stands, the visitor will discover a selection of the spinners' offering, a first glance at Summer 2009. Boosted by the success of the yarns-fabrics cooperation initiated a year ago based on a fashion or technology thematic in a specific place, innovations by fibre producers, spinners and weavers will be presented in the « Pulsation » forum in Hall 5.
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