Mystery surrounds the sudden withdrawal of the British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA) from the organisation of ITMA 2003. ITMA - the largest textile machinery exhibition in the world - is set to be held in Britain for the first time in 2003. The BTMA was due to play a key role in the organisation of the event, but Birmingham NEC - the venue where it is being held - has confirmed that the association is no longer involved. The NEC insists that the exhibition will still take place as planned, although responsibility for its organisation will now rest wholly with the exhibition centre and CEMATEX (the Comite Europeen des Constructeurs de Machines Textiles.