More than 40 firms from 11 countries have already registered for the third Interyarn, the international trade fair for high-end yarns and fibres which is held in Hong Kong every autumn. Now in its second year, the number of exhibitors has risen from 50 to 89 and organiser Messe Frankfurt hopes to sustain that growth rate. This year the event has secured the support of the Hong Kong Woollen & Synthetic Knitting Manufacturers' Association, Hong Kong Knitwear Exporters and Manufacturers' Association, Textile Council of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Exporters' Association. 'Manufacturers and traders in Hong Kong and our associations benefit immensely from these exhibitions,' Willy Lin, chairman of the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, said. 'We will certainly urge our suppliers in all continents to continue to support this fair by participating in the upcoming event.' Last year, exhibitors came from 13 countries, with 84 per cent from Europe. 'The internationality of the exhibitors was very good, as was the quality of the products shown,' Elsbeth Stahl, export manager for a German company, said. 'The large majority of Europe's most important spinners were at Interyarn and we expect good business from it.' Italian companies accounted for almost half the roster in 1996, while Germany also had a national pavilion. So far, 29 manufacturers from Italy have signed up for Interyarn 97, signalling a repeat of the strong Italian interest in the market.