Material and machinery for the fashion and textile value-addition of the future
From 9 to 12 May 2017, just as it does every two years, Frankfurt was once again the international venue for creativity and high-tech, when Techtextil and Texprocess, the two associated trade fairs, opened their doors. Four days of innovation and inspiration, and nothing else: that was certainly one of the reasons for the new visitor and exhibitor record.
While Techtextil shows the whole range of technical textiles and non-wovens for all areas of application, and is thus one of the most relevant users’ fairs for textile innovations, Texprocess focuses on processing technologies for clothing, leather, furniture and the automotive industry and is the leading international trade fair for the processing of textile and flexible materials.
With its application areas, such as Buildtech and Hometech, Medtech, Mobiltech, Clothtech and Sporttech, Techtextil obviously fits the contemporary trends and needs both of global industry and the international creative sector very exactly. This can be seen in the record numbers: 33,670 visitors from 104 countries and 1,477 exhibitors from 55 countries. And Texprocess reaching a new high, with 312 exhibitors from 36 countries and 13,718 visitors from 109 nations, made the joint record perfect.
While exceptional innovation is traditionally reflected in nearly all the new products featured at Techtextil and Texprocess, nowadays it is particularly the sustainable trends which attract attention. Be they new, artificial, mineral fibres for building and construction with low ecological impacts, or wovens and non-wovens manufactured from recycled materials in almost closed cycles – green innovations were to be found in practically every area of application.
And then there were to two highlights of the fairs: the Living Space Area at Techtextil, and the Digital Textile Micro Factory at Texprocess which provided visitors with a live and vivid impression of digitalisation on the value-added chain. And these too were unthinkable without a large number of sustainability aspects. If extra-terrestrial innovations are simply not possible without the intensive use of recycling and closed-cycle technology, environmentally friendly process improvements will become the quintessence, thanks to digitally networked textile production.
The next Techtextil and Texprocess will be held from 14 to 17 May 2019 in Frankfurt am Main.