The article reports on the 14th ITMA held in Birmingham from 22-29 October 2003. In spite of various problems prior to the show and the absence of certain companies, such as Saurer and Rieter, the show was judged to have been a success. The show was attended by almost 125,000 visitors, 50% of whom came from Europe, 25% from Asia and the Middle East. After Great Britain, the countries with the ... [Show full abstract] greatest presence were Turkey, Germany, Italy, France and Pakistan. No figures were available for exhibitor numbers, but the absence of a Chinese presence was noted. A few complaints were made about the interior decoration of the NEC and the level of organisation. The article comments generally on the exhibits in the spinning sector.