The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) is to host an innovation lab at the ITMA 2019 show, which it hopes will better drive industry focus on technological innovation.
The ITMA Innovation Lab will feature four main components: a research and innovation pavilion; a speakers platform; an innovation video showcase; and the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award.
The theme for the quadrennial show – to be held 20-26 June 2019 in Barcelona – is ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’.
“Innovation is vital for the industry’s success as Industry 4.0 gains momentum in the manufacturing world,” says Fritz Mayer, president, CEMATEX.
“The shift towards open innovation has resulted in increased exchange of knowledge and new types of cooperation among education institutions, research organizations and business. ITMA has been a catalyst and showcase of ground-breaking innovation since 1951. We hope participants will be able to share new developments, discuss industry trends and spur creative efforts, thus ensuring a vibrant innovation culture in a global context.”
Charles Beauduin, chairman of ITMA Services, adds: “By launching the ITMA Innovation Lab feature, we hope to better drive industry focus on the important message of technological innovation and cultivate an inventive spirit. We hope to encourage greater participation by introducing new components, such as the video showcase to highlight our exhibitors’ innovation.”