Within Egypt’s ambitious plan to promote the textile industry, the tenth edition of the Stitch and Tex exhibition will launch its two sessions from 27 February to 1 March, and from 5 to 8 March 2020.
The first part of the exhibition will be devoted to sewing machines, printing on garments, embroidery, and garment printing supplies, while the second period will be devoted to displaying spinning, weaving, printing, and dyeing machines.
The conference coincides with the directives of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to continue the ambitious plans of the Egyptian state to develop the textile industry and restore Egyptian cotton to its previous glory. He plans to do this through an integrated cotton system that tackles agriculture, commercialism, and industry based on principals that maximise Egypt’s existing production capabilities.
The list of Stitch and Tex participants includes exhibitors from 24 countries that manufacture and sew textile machines.
Wael El-Kady, one of the exhibition directors, said that the Stitch and Tex is the largest exhibition in Africa and the Middle East specialising in textile printing, spinning and weaving, making it the most important in the region.
He added that the exhibition’s interest in the African dimension coincides with the state’s interest in playing its pioneering role in Africa through exhibitions that help in supporting the industry in Africa as well as developing the textile and clothing industry in Egypt.
The director of the exhibition, Haitham Rady, explained that the textile and clothing industry contributes 5.6% to Egypt’s gross domestic product, 27% to industrial production, and 18% to for total non-oil exports, which is a strategic sectors of the state.
He added that the strategy of the Egyptian textile and clothing sector for 2020 aims to maintain export growth at 15% (compound annual growth rate) in order to increase its volume of exports to $10bn.