Italy will host the 17th edition of ITMA, the world’s largest textile machinery exhibition, after beating off 12 other contenders during a selection process that took more than a year.

The event will now return to Milan for the first time in 20 years, and will be held at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre from 12-19 November 2015.

ITMA is held every four years in a different country. Preparations for the next ITMA event in Barcelona (22-29 September 2011) are already well underway, with over 1,000 exhibitors applying for space. Organisers say it is on course to achieve its target size of 100,000 square metres.

The ITMA show is owned by Cematex, the umbrella association for the textile machinery manufacturers of nine European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

In addition to the European event, Cematex also holds an ITMA show in Asia, currently in China every two years. The next ITMA ASIA + CITME is due to take place in June 2012.