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By Adrian Wilson, European Correspondent

The 17th ITMA textile machinery show, which took place in Milan, Italy, from November 12-18, broke all previous records, attracting almost 123,000 visitors from 147 countries and with 1,691 exhibitors from 46 countries participating.

“We registered a 20 per cent jump in visitor numbers compared to the last event in 2011 and more importantly, from feedback, we can confidently say that our message on sustainability has resonated greatly with buyers,” said Charles Beauduin, president of show owner CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers.