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JIAM 2012, Osaka, Japan concluded on a positive note.

ATo encourage collaboration and integration of allied industries, under the theme 'Creative Linkage - Innovative Technology for a Prosperous and Comfortable Lifestyle', providing a 'Platform for the textile, apparel, and fashion industry', the 10th Japan International Apparel and Machinery Show (JIAM 2012 Osaka) was held for four days from 19th to 22nd September 2012 at INTEX Osaka concluded on the positive note.

Size of the show

Almost 207 exhibitors from 17 countries and territories, occupied 1028.6 booth spaces. Of these, 145 exhibitors, occupying 856 booth spaces, were from Japan, and 62 exhibitors, occupying 172.6 booth spaces, were from overseas. The show was about the same size as the last show held in 2008, with the number of exhibitors up by 4.5% and the amount of booth space down by 9%. With regard to overseas participants, the show exceeded expectations. Although it attracted about 9% fewer overseas exhibitors than the last show held in Japan in 2005, they occupied 54% more floor space. Reflecting rising labor costs and the pressure to boost productivity, many announcements of new equipment at JIAM 2012 seemed to feature greater automation and space saving. Other trends included CAD/CAM and applications of information technology, and the greater presence of textile printing technology.

Show attendance

JIAM 2012 was blessed with generally sunny weather during the four days of the show. The recorded number of visitors was 15,764, nearly one third (32%) more than the attendance at JIAM 2008.

Compared with JIAM 2005, a greater number of visitors also designated themselves as apparel makers (increased to 18.6% from 16.4%).

By location 74.9% of visitors came from where global production is concentrated: Northeast and Southeast Asia. As for past shows held in Japan, the top three countries for visitors were China, Korea, and Taiwan, however, India, Vietnam, Pakistan and Myanmar accounted for a larger proportion of visitors than during JIAM 2005. This seems to reflect a tendency for the relocation of the sewing industry to so-called China-plus-one countries. Many overseas visitors were people responsible for making company decisions, and they contributed to the general atmosphere of the show as a lively forum, where business was being conducted.

Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony

Visitors from inside and outside the sewing industry praised JIAM 2012 as a high-quality trade fair, and exhibitors reported substantive business inquiries and effective PR activities. Overall, the show was evaluated highly, by both buyers and sellers, as providing excellent opportunities for directly meeting desirable business partners.

Special exhibitions

Theme zone

As the standard bearer for New-look JIAM, the theme zone featured four sections showcasing the strengths of Japan, and a performance area for stage events. This was highly successful in getting across to people, both from within and outside the industry, the underlying strength of Japanese textile-related industries.

Exhibition of winning works from JIAM 2012 Quilt Awards

Intended to promote home sewing, the JIAM International Quilt Contest invited the submission of quilts made using home sewing machines. A rich variety of entries from Japan and overseas were received and out of 125 submitted works 44 were selected for awards of excellence and the grand prize. The specialist judges were impressed by the high standard of the entries and the sustained enthusiasm of the quilters.

Fashion Zone

Taking up the New-look JIAM theme of creative linkage 'JEANISM - Gathering at night' was held in collaboration with the fashion industry. The same kind of linkage also brought an exhibition of the winning works from the 2012 Nagoya Fashion Contest. 'JEANISM - Gathering at night' presented excellent works by five young designers using globally renowned Japanese denim materials.

Japan Ingenuity Corner

Considering current industry needs for deskilling and full development of the potential of sewing technology, the organizers arranged exhibits in Japan ingenuity corner to show technology and products independently developed by dealers and customizers to meet customer needs.

Home Sewing Machine Zone

To encourage the greater spread of home sewing, JIAM 2012 organized the Home Sewing Machine Zone. At their booths, five Japanese sewing machine makers gave visitors the opportunity to run up something for themselves at the show. Various other displays and facilities were also intended for general visitors.

Visitors from Pakistan

Representatives from leading textile and garment groups from Pakistan such as Nishat Mills, Soorty Garments, Artistic Milliners, Lucky Textile Mills, Sapphire,among others visited JIAM and showed keen interest in the technology on display. The high level and quality of the machines on display according to them are most relevant for Pakistan's apparel and home textile sectors, to uplift the value addition in textiles and garments.
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