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Trade Show: Heimtextil

Toward Utopia

What does the future hold? From 8 to 11 January 2019, Heimtextil will be presenting how we will shop, reside and live in the future. A new concept has been introduced to ensure better orientation at the fair, whilst the Heimtextil Management Report serves as a guide in the industry.

January 2019

Heimtextil is growing – for the ninth time in a row! From 8 to 11 January 2019, the 49th edition of the trade fair will see a significant increase in the number of exhibitors, and will present a revised concept that summarises the themes and product segments in an even more target group-specific manner. As part of the four-day trade fair, focus areas on the lifestyle themes of sleep, sustainability, architecture and hotels will be combined with a high-calibre event programme to offer ample furnishing inspiration. ‘Despite the economic downturn, Heimtextil is continuing its extremely positive development. With 3,025 exhibitors from 65 countries, Heimtextil has a stronger and more international slant than it has had for 15 years’. It is thus further consolidating its position as the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles’, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Heimtextil is growing – is retail stagnating? According to the new Management Report based on an IFH study and published by Heimtextil in cooperation with the trade fairs Ambiente, Tendence, Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld, the real winner in last year’s 4.2% domestic consumption increase was online retail. Stationary retailers, on the other hand, are feeling the pressure of digitalisation more than ever. As a possible escape route out of the misery, the report recommends services, high-quality shop design for a unique shopping experience and innovative multi-channel concepts.

And those at the forefront of trends will gain a decisive competitive advantage. As part of Heimtextil, visitors to the ‘Trend Space’ in Hall 3.0 will discover all the latest design developments for 2019/20 under the title ‘Toward Utopia’. For the first time, the design show will be part of the area, bringing together international textile designers, CAD/CAM suppliers and digital printers in one space. With the title ‘Sleep! The Future Forum’, a new information area in the foyer of hall 11.0 will highlight the future of sleep over the four days of the fair. Hall 4.2 is the first point of contact for the target group of interior designers and hospitality experts, who will find a wide range of textile solutions for contract furnishing. Textiles made from PET and ocean plastic address sustainability.

*For comparison: In 2018, 2,975 exhibitors from 64 countries took part (FKM figures, Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen, Berlin)

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More information at:
Press release: Heimtextil 2019: Continued growth with new concept


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