The re-introduction of GT Korea, a garment machinery and textile industry trade show, is expected to boost South Korea’s presence as a global sewing powerhouse. To be organised by the Korea Sewing Machinery Industrial Association (KOSMIA), South Korea-based private exhibition organiser SeoulMESSE International, sewing industry magazine Monthly Bobbin Journal and sales agency Jes Media.; GT Korea 2018 will be held at the Korean International Exhibition Center, Ilsan, Gyeonggi from November 14 to 16, 2018.
South Korea is one of the top sewing nations worldwide, yet it did not get an opportunity to host a specialised exhibition at an international scale following recession in the domestic market.
A recent survey by Monthly Bobbin Journal notes over 90 per cent of sewing industry firms felt a need to hold a South Korean exhibition for garment machinery and textiles. KOSMIA, the former organizer of SIMEX (Seoul International Sewing Machinery Exhibition) and GT Korea 2018’s other organisers were prompted to re-introduce and provide a new title for GT Korea — which hasn’t been held since SIMEX in 2005 — to showcase South Korea’s importance in the international sewing market, while also ensuring international companies also get a platform to display new developments and innovations in these areas.
Around 400 booths and 120 companies are expected to participate in four exhibition categories at GT Korea 2018. These include: garment machinery and parts; textile machinery and parts; fabric and technical textiles; and non-woven. participating countries will include China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam.