Post Show Report INLEGMASH 2023

23 / 03 / 2023

The 22nd International Exhibition for Equipment for the Textile and Garment Industry INLEGMASH 2023 was successfully held at EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds from 13 to 16 March 2023.

INLEGMASH is part of the industrys largest series of events Russian Week of Textile Industry.

Russian Week of Textile Industry 2023 featured the INLEGMASH 2023 International Exhibition for the Textile and Garment Industry, the INLEGMASH International Industry Conference, the Interfabric 2023 International Exhibition for Fabrics and Textile Materials, and the Legpromforum International Forum of the Textile Industry. 

Holding all these events under one roof allowed us to create not only a joint showcase of equipment, raw materials and textiles, but also an efficient networking platform for discussing the most important current problems and practical tasks faced by the allied industries.

Oleg Bocharov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation:

As today's economic realities have changed a number of processes in the textile and garment industry, this show offers a unique opportunity for professionals and end consumers to learn about new trends, technological developments and innovations, design solutions, and current import substitution proposals.

Dates: 1316 March 2023

Venue: EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia

Organised by EXPOCENTRE AO

In partnership with Souzlegprom the Russian Union of Textile Industry Enterprises

Supported by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade,

Under auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Exhibition area: about 2,000 sq m

Attendance: 14,020 unique visitors

Exhibitors: 114 companies

Countries: 11 (Austria, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkiye)

Foreign exhibitors: Beneks, Cankur Makina, Canlar Mekatronik, China Texmatech Co., Demas Makina, Dongyang Aolong Nonwoven Equipment Co. Ltd., Jinan Xinjinlong Machinery, King-Hope Co. Ltd., Mersan Makine, Polteks Tekstil Makinalari, etc.

Russian exhibitors: 58 companies including Allart Service, Knit, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Russia, NISSA Distribution, Pletmash, Smart-T, SND, SportTex, Textile and Technology, Textile Machines Sirenko, Tekstilmash,  Shveymash, etc.; newcomers included Geran Lux, Germes TK, GIS Prompererabotka, VINK, Kled, Kovcheg, Laittek, Tex Inter, Profi Form, Smart Hemp, SF Chem, Papillons TH, etc.

National pavilion: Turkiye

Products on display: equipment for the primary processing of natural fibres, chemical fibre processing, spinning, weaving, finishing, garment production, textile printing, BPM software, equipment for footwear and leather goods production, design and energy supply for production, etc.

Show Highlights

The latest technological developments and equipment were demonstrated in operation.

First and foremost it was the prototype of a new air-jet weaving machine, whose large-scale production will start at the end of this year. It is the first air-jet weaving machine developed and manufactured in Russia, and its technical characteristics are on a par with those of the world's leading textile machine tool manufacturers.

It is also important to mention that the only Russian-made braiding machine was also on display.

Other important exhibits included the latest technology in computer-aided pattern design, digital printing and cutting of fabrics, and sewing the designed patterns of ready-made clothing for the garment industry and digital printing. 

It is especially important to highlight the intelligent digital sewing factory with the JANETS (JUKI Advanced Network System) sewing management system from JUKI, which was shown in operation.

For the first time, the Textile Machinery and Accessories Industry Association (TEMSAD) supported the Turkiye National Pavilion at INLEGMASH. It presented 15 Turkish manufacturers.

Russian Week of Textile Industry hosted a series of meetings between Turkish textile machinery manufacturers and representatives of Russian industries. The Turkish TEMSAD Association and the Russian Union of Textile Industry Enterprises (Souzlegprom) signed a cooperation agreement.  

The trend of the 2023 show was Technical Textiles, one of the strategically important areas of textile materials development, which is widely used in almost all industry sectors.

For exhibitors and visitors, INLEGMASH 2023 was an important platform where textile industry professionals, both exhibitors and visitors, networked, presented their equipment, showcased new developments, established new contacts, and signed contracts.

The exhibitor feedback about INLEGMASH 2023 showed that the event was a success.

Conference programme

Russian Week of Textile Industry 2023 opened with the Plenary Session on Market Needs as the Motivation for Industry Development.

The participants were welcomed by First Deputy Director General at EXPOCENTRE Sergey Selivanov, who highlighted the importance of Russian Week of Textile Industry for the textile and garment industry in our country.

Sergey Selivanov, First Deputy General Director at EXPOCENTRE AO:

In the current climate of sanctions pressure, the objective of exhibitions is to help domestic businesses to reorient themselves to new markets in a short period of time, establish links with new partners, and strengthen inter-regional cooperation. The events that make up Russian Week of Textile Industry, in particular INLEGMASH, will help to achieve these goals.

Vice President at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dmitry Kurochkin said that the Chamber and Souzlegprom had proposed to include the textile and garment industry in the list of key industries that not only contribute to the development of the entire economy but also ensure its security.

The plenary session was attended by Souzlegprom President Andrey Razbrodin, First Deputy Chair at the Russian State Duma Committee on Regional Policy and Local Self-Government Sergey Morozov, Head at the New People faction in the Russian State Duma Alexey Nechaev, Vice President at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Murychev, and other heads of industry associations and companies.

They discussed state support measures, issues related to public procurements in the sector, co-operation of textile companies for joint growth, co-operation with allied industries, and other topics.

The INLEGMASH International Conference was organised by EXPOCENTRE and Souzlegprom. It was opened with the master class on public procurement in the industry: plans, realities and economics. The speakers filled in information on current legal acts of the Russian Federation aimed at implementation of import substitution policy, and pointed out the importance of obtaining a high quality expertise by the companies in order for their products to be included promptly in the register of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. The participants shared their experience in working with public procurements, assuring that they create a certain stability and confidence in the future for companies business development. 

A large audience attended the discussion on cooperation of textile companies for shared growth: experiences of cooperation across industry sectors.

The first day of the conference was concluded with the workshop on advertising and promotion of goods and services in the textile and garment industry: new terms and changes to the Advertising Act.

Heads of Russian textile industry enterprises took part in an open meeting of the Souzlegprom Committee on Nonwoven Materials and Products Made of Them. Souzlegprom President Andrey Razbrodin talked about the high-tech and innovative nature of technical textiles production, the support and development of which in Russia requires expenses and certain benefits from the state.

The participants discussed the importance of establishing a civilised market for technical textiles in Russia that would be fully protected against counterfeiting and forgery, and touched upon various aspects of developing technical textile production facilities and their state support mechanisms.

The meeting was followed by the panel on cooperation of textile companies in the post-Soviet space, the technology session on recycling as a production process, green technology, and the sewing master class on advanced capabilities of graphic applications for sewing companies.

The participants in Conference on Modernising the Textile and Garment Industry: Economics and Technology, organised by EXPOCENTRE and Souzlegprom, shared their experiences in modernising their businesses.

According to Andrey Razbrodin, it is necessary to create a unified operational programme for the industry, which would be supported by the government and signed at the interstate level. It would be based, first of all, on three states Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan. Then other EEC and CIS states with which there are currently normal operational relations would join this programme.

The workshop on investment attractiveness of high-tech projects in the textile and garment industry focused on projects and advanced solutions that ensure the profitability of clothing manufacturers, the implementation of digital automation, practices of textile and garment industry start-ups, support measures for high-tech projects, and the use of the CyberShop platform as a high-tech growth point for the industry.

The INLEGMASH Conference also included the 4th International Symposium on Russian Technical Textiles: Nonwovens, Raw Materials, Reengineering. It was organised by Souzlegprom, Kosygin Moscow State University of Design and Technology, Ivanovo State Polytechnic University, and EXPOCENTRE. Leading researchers, specialists and lecturers of different universities, research institutes, technical platforms, engineering centres, heads and experts of the industry enterprises discussed a wide range of topics of applied importance for the market players, which included problems and prospects of technical textiles production in Russia, nonwovens: development or stagnation (trends, research, implementation), the ways to resolve the quality problem of Russian flax fiber, innovative developments in production of nonwoven fabrics, and key trends of development of nonwovens in the industry, etc. 

The Day of Digital Textile Printing was an important event at Russian Week of Textile Industry and INLEGMASH. It was organised by EXPOCENTRE, Souzlegprom and the Digital Textile magazine.

The programme for the day opened with the panel discussion on what's going on: changes in the digital textile and cutting market in 2022.

President at Smart-T Andrey Makachev spoke about trends in the market of equipment for digital textiles using his company as an example, as it is one of the largest suppliers of equipment for textile printing, and the official distributor of products of Mimaki, the world leader in the development and production of large-format inkjet printers, cutting systems and related professional software, including for the textile industry.

Speakers drew the audience's attention to the need for correct and competent use of textile printing equipment and introduced them to the latest types of software for fashion designers, fast, accurate and user-friendly pattern making in a digital environment and other important topics.

Marketing in textile printing, customization of textile products, changes in printer offerings, consumables and other issues were discussed during the panel discussion.

The focal point of the day was a panel discussion with market leaders in digital printing, decoration and textile cutting, organised by Digital Textile magazine. 

The Day was concluded with the panel on digital printing and textile decorating practical experience.

The panel on smart technology in the textile and garment industry and the transition to Russian-made and freely distributable software attracted a lot of attention from the audience. The event was organised by EXPOCENTRE, Souzlegprom and Kosygin Moscow State University of Design and Technology. 

The event was moderated by Assistant Rector of Kosygin Moscow State University of Design and Technology, Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Professor Oleg Kashcheev, who drew attention to so called parallel import, which solves many problems. However, the software is its weak point, which can be remotely regulated, blocked by those copyright holders who feel that someone should not use it. And here there is a unique opportunity to implement not only import substitution, but also to ensure forward-looking development.

Further discussion showed that Russia has a serious software track record, the domestic demand for which has now grown considerably and posed a number of new challenges for developers.

One of the topics of the panel was related to the training of industry employees in digital technology. It was covered by the final of the digital engineering hackathon From Idea to Project. The competition between the hackathon participants revealed the winning students in three categories: Best Engineering Project, Best IT Project and Best Startup.

On the same day, the panel participants discussed service and logistics issues for textile and garment industry equipment, and learned about new engineering solutions during the technology session on seamless sealing and welding technology.

For three days, INLEGMASH 2023 offered a Job Exchange, which was organised by EXPOCENTRE, Souzlegprom and the Fashion Bureau recruitment agency. The agency's experts provided career support for fashion professionals, and companies were offered to work through individual career plans.

The diverse conference programme of the Russian Week of Textile Industry included more than 20 events and allowed industry professionals to expand business contacts and identify priority areas to ensure that the Russian textile and garment industry reaches a new, higher quality level as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to seeing you at INLEGMASH 2024 at EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia, from 11 through 14 March 2024!

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