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Trade Show: Heimtextil

Function and sustainability

The two main talking points at Heimtextil 2020 from 7th to 10th January 2020 were obvious: function and sustainability. Even though the two are not always compatible, their potential for the industry was demonstrated clearly at the world’s leading trade show for home, healthcare and hospitality textiles, which presented numerous product innovations from companies such as Rioma, Maasberg, Redaelli and Trevira.

March 2020

You can cook them and put them in the compost and not even a flamethrower can make them burn. They absorb sounds and water and are nonetheless modern. That’s what the functional textiles can do, which were on showcase at Heimtextil from 7th to 10th January 2020. Many of these textiles are not only functional, but also sustainable: whether it is felt or yarns made of recylced plastic bottles as shown by Féline and Trevira or GOTS certified cotton from Rioma. Production processes are also changing towards sustainable practices. German sun protection specialist Maasberg and Italian upholstery and curtain fabrics expert Redaelli have both stopped using chemicals. And leather specialist Gruppo Mastrotto uses waste from its tannery in its processing chain.

Interior.Architecture.Hospitality EXPO offered its own share of innovations. The exhibition dedicated entirely to interior design and hospitality, which is accessible the whole year online at, displayed a quartz-based alternative to PVC. The innovative fake leather produced by Albani Group is fire- and light-resistant, durable and easy to clean.

Around 3,000 exhibitors from all over the world presented their textile products and interior design solutions at Frankfurt’s exhibition centre. In addition to path-breaking textile innovations, Heimtextil once again offered top-class speeches, panel discussions and expert tours as well as awards like “Heimtextil Trendscouting by AIT”, which went to Féline for its sustainable and flexible acoustic felt solutions. The next Heimtextil will take place from 12th to 15th January 2021.

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