All indicators positive

Positive results at Heimtextil 2017. In terms of sustainability, too.

Internal and external growth. Last January’s Heimtextil achieved not only increases in the number of exhibitors and visitors but also set new standards with regard to visitor services and exhibitor quality. Thus, with the new ‘My Heimtextil’ format, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles in Frankfurt am Main specifically targeted visitors from the German-speaking countries with the aim of creating new opportunities for exchanging ideas and information through, for example, the ‘Frankfurt Fabric’ meeting. Against the background of the extremely high level of internationality at the fair with 2,963 exhibitors from 67 countries and visitors from Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and the United Arab Emirates, this new format ensures that Heimtextil will retain and expand its relevance for the region.

Other important themes included the future-oriented subjects of digital printing and sustainability. Particularly striking was the great interest shown in the various facilities, events and services relating to environmental and social compatibility in the textile industry, e.g., the ‘Green Village’, the centre of expertise for labels and certifiers in Hall 8, the ‘Green Directory’ guide to relevant exhibitors, the ‘Green Tours’ of the fair and the programme of lectures. This multifarious programme is a component part of the fair and attracts visitors from all parts of the value chain and all segments. “We have been coming to Heimtextil for three years and have always been able to welcome numerous visitors. This year, our visitors were particularly good in terms of both quality and quantity from the first day on. We encountered the whole world at our stand, and the whole textile chain, from weavers to producers. We are delighted”, said Tina Stridde, CEO of ‘Aid by Trade Foundation’.

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