TEXTILE CONNECT 2022 – attracted more than 400 companies from +30 countries!
On the first days of May, the third edition of the international textile business event “TEXTILE CONNECT 2022” took place. Since the launch in 2020, more than 1,500 companies in total have participated. The event connects companies/designers looking for production partners with manufacturers, service providers and suppliers within the textile and footwear industry.
As previous years the matchmaking event was organized by partners in Sweden, Almi Företagspartner Jönköping AB, and Lithuania, Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts. Both partners are also a part of Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and the EEN sector group Textile and Fashion.
The event united as many as 400 companies from +30 countries, not only from Europe, but also from North America, Asia and Africa. In total, over 400 digital meetings took place between buyers and suppliers.
“Textile Connect is well appreciated among our clients and companies. Since our launch in 2020, the event has proven to be a really successful way for companies to find new business partners within the textile industry” Elin Berlin, Almi Företagspartner Jönköping AB.
The company Avinfi, specialized in direct printing on fabrics, participated in Textile Connect 2022 event for the third year in a row. Andrius Vegys, the owner of the company, has found many partners abroad through these type of B2B events, organized by Enterprise Europe Network, and states that it is a great platform to meet new companies and to present particular textile services.
“I am positively surprised with the organization of Textile Connect 2022. I had a negative attitude towards virtual meetings and events like this, but this time I was surprised. Firstly, it is easy to register, invite and respond to an invitation to have a meeting - the event platform is very well set up. Secondly, the number of participants is surprising - it is really big and diverse enough. Third, organizers are not limited to the event organization, but also seem to be concerned about its direct benefits to participants."
"This fascinate and attract and you only want more of such events” wrote Irma Sereikienė, representing UAB Daisita, which specializes in the production of women's, men's, children's clothing and home textiles.
Digital matchmaking = time efficient and possibility to connect with companies all over the world
The matchmaking event gave companies the opportunity to meet new material suppliers, production and service providers, agents and distributors from near and far abroad. All free of charge. Some companies had more than 10 international meetings during the 3 days of the event.
Feedback from previous participants:
“It’s great to be able to meet with people from all over the world without traveling!”
”This is a great platform and event! I have connected with several companies and I have more meetings planned afterwards.“
”We had 3 very good meetings with companies from Portugal and Italy and we will now continue the dialogues., Very good event!“
"The event was great. The technology worked fantastically, and the meetings were efficient and calm. I am super happy and I have already found several potential business partners.”
“I found Textile Connect very useful for both my business and expanding personal understanding about the textiles, solutions available and exciting innovations in the industry. It was definitely worth my time since I discovered several potential partnerships during the event” – Augustė Kaknevičiūtė, the owner of a sustainable brand in Lithuania “ONE 100”.
Ingrida Braziūnienė, one of the organizers of the event, also states, that the interest of the worldwide textile community shows how relevant events such as Textile Connect are.
“The number of meetings indicates that there is always an interest to cooperate. Textile companies from all over the world represent different products and services and with the help of events like Textile Connect they can significantly expand their client base abroad.” – Ingrida
Video with company OneDress participating in Textile Connect 2020.