Sensor textiles which will soon allow us to control the mirrors, windows and lighting in cars, textile-reinforced concrete, LED textiles for interiors, functional fabrics made from recycled fibres, imitation down for outdoor fashions: technical textiles fulfil countless functions. Their extensive range of diverse applications – from architecture to the automobile industry, medicine the fashion industry and personal protection – and the latest innovations in these fields will be on show from 14 to 17 May 2019 at Techtextil, the international trade show for technical textiles and nonwovens on the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds.
At the neighbouring Texprocess, the international trade show for the processing of textile and flexible materials, exhibitors will show the latest technologies for producers of apparel and fashions, upholstered furniture or accessories for the automobile industry. Here, 3D avatars try on virtual garments, robots transport pre-cut materials from one machine to the next and knitting machines dye yarns during the knitting process. In five micro-factories, individual articles of clothing will be designed, cut out, sewn and digitally printed in series in a short time frame and shoe uppers will be produced using 3D knitting technology.
With 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries (1,501 from 57 countries at Techtextil and 317 from 34 countries at Texprocess) this is the largest and most international edition of both trade shows to date. The level of international participation at Techtextil is 72 per cent, at Texprocess 67 per cent. The focus here is on the theme ‘Urban Living – City of the Future’ which will have a special exhibition area of its own. Here, trade visitors will see a carbon-fibre pod for a Hyperloop from the Delft University of Technology, 3D textiles to improve interior room acoustics, experimental fashions made from sustainable materials and motorbikes from recycled military uniforms.
‘Throughout Europe, technical textiles are one of the biggest sectors of the textile and apparel industry and thus a decisive driving force for its economic strength. Held concurrently, Texprocess and its highly innovative exhibitors stand for high-tech in the textile-processing sector, in an unrivalled, concentrated way. In this connection, we now talk about Impact 4.0, in other words significant and visible developments emerging from Industry 4.0’, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. ‘Over the coming days, Techtextil and Texprocess will turn Frankfurt into the epicentre of textile innovation.’
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Press release: Textiles: high tech from materials to machines
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