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Clothing, textile and footwear showcased

Nov 08 2016 17:12
Carin Smith

Cape Town - The 18th International Apparel, Textile and Footwear (ATF) Import Trade Exhibition takes place in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) until Thursday November 10.

About 140 exhibitors from ten countries are participating. Countries represented include South Africa, China, Portugal, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Turkey and Bangladesh.

According to LTE, the organisers of the expo, ATF provides a one-stop-shop for sourcing executives to view an extensive range of the latest products and services from around the world.

Products on display include women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, leather footwear, fashion accessories, home textiles, fabrics, yarn and trims.

The expo also includes the China Premium Textile & Apparel Trade Show. It is sponsored by the China National Textile and Apparel Council and organised by the Sub-Council of the Textile Industry (CCPIT TEX) in partnership with United Asia International and Zhejiang Broad International Convention and Exhibition.

In his welcome message, Xu Yingxin, vice president of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, thanked the Chinese Consulate General in Cape Town for its support. He also thanked LTE for its partnership in organising the show.

"This debut of China Premium Tax in Cape Town will witness the beginning of in-depth cooperation for Chinese textile and apparel industries in the South African market. The platform aims to introduce more Chinese textile and clothing producers with their distinctive brands, design ans sustainable growth to the South African market," said Xu.

"The Chinese textile and clothing industries are gradually moving up the value chain by industrial upgrading and restructuring. The strategy of enriching varieties, improving quality and bolstering brands have been helping Chinese textile and clothing industries enhance the quality and grade of the exported products, which could facilitate the trade opportunities in the South African market."

The China National Textile and Apparel Council also encourages and supports Chinese companies to invest in South Africa.

"There is one classic Chinese saying: 'one single tree can't make a forest'. We have the confidence that the shoulder-to-shoulder cooperation of China Premium Tex and ATF will create a new chapter of trade cooperation between South Africa and China," said Xu.

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