An anniversary milestone, a weighty key theme: the 50th edition of Heimtextil (7–10 January 2020) focused on sustainability. The presentation of the Sustainable Development Goals, part of the new global collaboration between Messe Frankfurt, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, was a highlight. The growing importance of environmentally conscious and socially responsible production was also evident among the exhibitors. Textiles made from certified materials, resource-efficient concepts and the avoidance of plastic packaging were found at many stands. A varied events programme for the anniversary edition featuring over 150 lectures and panel discussions, 30 guided tours and the much-frequented Trend Space provided opportunities to delve deeper into the theme.
Despite the diverse range of provisions, the trade show recorded a drop in visitor numbers. 63,000 visitors gathered information from 2,952 exhibitors showcasing the latest trends and products in the home and contract textiles sector. Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt put the decline in visitor numbers down to the strong consolidation of specialist shops and developments towards e-commerce in the stationary retail trade. The exhibitors confirmed this trend: 34 per cent rated the current economic situation in the sector as poor, compared with just 18 per cent the previous year. There was a better reception for Sleep! The Future Forum, which showcased exciting product innovations in the fields of sleeping systems, bedding and bed linens.
The next edition of Heimtextil will take place from 12 to 15 January 2021.
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