TORONTO–Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC), which has been online for the past two years due to the pandemic, finally returned to Toronto in-person on November 7 this year. The exhibition brought in more than 150 apparel, fabric and home textile companies from overseas. In total more than a dozen countries and regions are participating in the exhibition, including China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam, and more. The event anticipates over 2000 attendees during the 3-day trade event held at the Toronto Congress Centre.
China gathered 60 exhibitors to participate in the exhibition, including ten major Chinese brands curated within the “China Brand” Pavilion focused on bringing China-chic design, zero carbon materials and fabrics that reflect their latest R&D and bring updated desgns and fashion to the professional buyers attending ATSC. These brands include Aparso, V Roc V, Bella Fitness, Rion Sports, Tian Thai Sports，Evergreen, Beyond Garments, Mizuda, Wanshun, and Changshu Garments Town.
In addition, the Provinces of Hubei and Zhejiang each sponsored Pavilions, each bringing 20 high-quality textile and garment suppliers to the Canadian event. Fourteen of the Chinese manufacturers came in person to the Toronto show this week, while the other’s participating from China chose to send their product samples to ATSC and utilize local Canadian representatives on-site.
On the first day of the event, government officials representing nearly every country exhibiting were present for speeches and touring their country pavilions including Liu Linlin, Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Consulate-General in Toronto; Bob Kirke, Executive Director of the Canadian Apparel Federation; Yadmaa Aridunbold, Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada; Hossain Mohammad Al-Muzahid, First Secretary (Commercial) of the Bangladeshi High Commission in Canada; Apoorva Srivastava, Indian Consul General in Toronto; Quynh Tran, Head of the Commercial Office at the Embassy of Vietnam in Canada; and Sohail Raza Dodhy, Secretary of the Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association, and ATSC Show Organizer & CEO of JP Communications, Inc. Jason Prescott.
Data shows that from January to September 2022, China’s textile and apparel exports to Canada amounted to $3.85 billion, which indicates that Chinese textile and apparel enterprises are still actively seeking diversified channels to reach customers despite the tightening economic and trade situation in the global economy. Several participating manufacturers stated that during the global pandemic ATSC remains one of the most efficient ways for overseas companies to enter the Canadian market. Most Chinese product samples from the 2022 ATSC event will be displayed at the Sample Showroom in Toronto, free to visit after this week’s exhibition.