More than 670 fashion fabric and garment accessory producers will be taking part in this autumn's 2002 China International Trade Fair. This is an increase of 34 per cent over the numbers who showed at the equivalent fair last year and the list comprises participants from l7 nations from around the world.

Italy is the largest overseas exhibitor with 86 companies mounting displays, while France in second place amongst the Europeans with twenty exhibitors. From the home region Korea heads the list with 48 exhibitors.

The Chinese themselves will be dividing their displays regionally: exhibitors from Zhejuang will show traditional Chinese silks and those from Jiangsu will offer woollens.

By Sonia Roberts.