The Taipei Innovative Textile Application which began on October 17 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center put the spotlight on latest trends in smart and green fabric applications as well as underscored Taiwan’s leading position in the global textile industry. Organized by Taiwan Textile Federation and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the three-day event featured more than 760 booths operated by 400 exhibitors from Taiwan and countries such as Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and Switzerland. An array of accessories, apparel, fabrics, fibers, filaments, trimmings and textile-related technologies and services is expected to help the show, themed functional, recyclable and fashionable.
During her address at the opening ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen praised Taiwan’s textile firms for employing an innovative approach to revitalizing what was once seen as a sunset industry. According to Tsai, the government strongly supports Taiwan’s textile industry and is working to boost its global competitiveness through a variety of measures. These include: assisting in the development of functional textiles, building local brands, establishing tie-ups with international outfits and fostering further cooperation with the country’s information technology companies. Government efforts also extend to securing greater access for local textile companies to regional markets through negotiating free trade agreements, ensuring Taiwan takes part in regional economic integration initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and achieving favorable treatment under the New Southbound Policy, the president added.