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Textiles: High tech from materials to machines

Techtextil and Texprocess, will be spotlighting the functions of textiles, especially technical textiles, and ways in which textiles are processed at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre.

13th May 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Frankfurt

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective, Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace, Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable, Interiors, Construction, Civil Engineering, Industrial, Packaging, Agriculture

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Visitors. Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH/ Pietro Sutera.

Textiles are to be found in almost every part of everyday life. From tomorrow, the biggest ever editions of the world’s leading international trade fairs for the sector, Techtextil and Texprocess, will be spotlighting the functions of textiles, especially technical textiles, and ways in which textiles are processed at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre.

Transport pods for the Hyperloop, textile room installations, intelligent fashions and 3D avatars that try on garments: from 14 to 17 May, Techtextil and Texprocess in Frankfurt am Main will reveal where technical textiles are to be found in everyday settings and how textiles are processed. The leading international trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens and for the processing of textile and flexible materials will bring together a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries: 1,501 from 57 countries at Techtextil and 317 from 34 countries at Texprocess. Thus, the two trade fairs will be opening their doors tomorrow on their biggest ever editions.

“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.”

Increased internationality and new countries

With 421 exhibitors from Germany and 1,080 from abroad, Techtextil 2019 can boast a 72 percent level of internationality. After Germany, the five biggest exhibitor nations are Italy (134), China (113), France (103), Switzerland (63) and the United Kingdom (62). Taking part for the first time or returning after a period of absence are Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Tunisia. Additionally, 14 countries are represented by national pavilions. Particular exhibitor growth was registered from Turkey, the Czech Republic, China, the USA and Taiwan.

With 212 exhibitors from abroad and 105 from Germany, the level of internationality at Texprocess is 67 percent. After Germany, the five biggest exhibitor nations are Italy, China, Taiwan, Japan and Turkey. Taking part for the first time or returning after a period of absence are Finland, Denmark, the Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and Singapore. Additionally, China, Japan and Taiwan are represented by national pavilions.

From the Hyperloop to outdoor fashions

From architecture, the automobile industry and medicine to the fashion business and personal protection: Techtextil is a mirror for the broad spectrum of applications involving textile materials. At the ‘Urban Living – City of the Future’ special area of Techtextil and Texprocess, trade visitors can see, for example, a carbon-fibre pod of the Technical University of Delft for the Hyperloop, 3D textiles for improving indoor acoustics, experimental fashions made of sustainable materials and motorcycles of recycled military uniforms. Techtextil exhibitors present, inter alia, sensor textiles with which it will soon be possible to control the mirrors, windows and lighting in cars, textile-reinforced concrete façades, LED textiles for interior furnishings and functional fabrics made of recycled fibres and down-filling substitute for outdoor fashions.

Avatars, robots and 3D-knitted shoes

At the neighbouring Texprocess, everything during the four days of the fair revolves around the latest processing technologies for making apparel and fashions, upholstered furniture and accessories for the automobile industry. There, 3D avatars try on virtual garments, robots convey material blanks from one machine to the next while embroidery machines dye yarns during the embroidery process. In five micro- factories, not only will individual pieces of clothing be designed, cut out, sewn and digitally printed. Shoe uppers will also be produced using 3D knitting technology and leather for the car seats of leading automobile manufacturers processed.

Germany is the world leader in the technical-textiles market

It is estimated that technical textiles account for around 30 percent of worldwide textile production and the world market is expected to grow by over four percent a year to reach US $ 198 billion by 2022.1 In Europe, technical textiles represent around 17 percent of total textile production and are thus one of the most important foundations of the European textile industry.2 Germany is the world market leader in the field of technical textiles, which accounts for 60 percent of the turnover of the German textile and apparel industry.3

Altogether, Techtextil and Texprocess welcomed 1,789 exhibitors from 66 countries and over 47,500 visitors from 114 countries to Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre in 2017.

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