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VDMA leads strong presence at ITM Istanbul


The Istanbul Textile Machinery (ITM) trade fair, commencing in early June, will feature a significant presence from German companies, with nearly 90 exhibitors, predominantly VDMA members. These exhibitors will showcase advancements across various machinery sectors, emphasizing spinning, nonwovens, weaving, knitting, and finishing.

Key themes at the event include digitalization and automation, which remain crucial in addressing industry challenges. Additionally, sustainability has evolved into a vital economic and social consideration, focusing on efficiency in energy, raw materials, water, and recycling.

Turkey stands as a critical market for German textile machinery manufacturers. In 2023, exports of textile machinery and accessories from Germany to Turkey amounted to approximately 350 million euros, reinstating Germany as Turkey's primary supplier after three years of China's dominance.

The fair is strategically significant, given Turkey's geographical advantage as Europe's gateway, offering an experienced workforce and proximity to key European markets. The event also attracts visitors from the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa, enhancing its regional importance.

Harald Weber, Managing Director of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, underscores ITM’s role in aligning with the EU's strategy for sustainable and circular textiles, highlighting the increasing focus on recycling.



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