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Heimtextil 2016 reports growing demand for decorative and furniture fabrics

The ‘window’ and ‘upholstery’ segments will be expanded significantly at the next edition of Heimtextil exhibition.

5th August 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Frankfurt


Heimtextil, the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, is currently experiencing a great demand in the field of decorative and furniture fabrics, organisers report. Thus, the window and upholstery segments will be expanded significantly at the next edition of Heimtextil exhibition, which will take place from 12-15 January 2016 and occupy a large area in Hall 4.0 in addition to Halls 3.0 and 4.1.

“Last year, several renowned manufacturers of decorative and furniture fabrics said they would like to exhibit again. Unfortunately, we could not accommodate them at that time due to insufficient room,” explained Ulrike Wechsung, Heimtextil Director.

Trendtable for Heimtextil Trends 2016/2017. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

“For Heimtextil 2016, however, we have been able to make available a large area of Hall 4.0 in addition to the existing exhibition space in Halls 3.0 and 4.1, thanks to the relocation of the ‘Theme Park’ in Hall 6. In other words, we have been able to cater very well for the current boom in furniture and decorative fabrics.”

Brand name exhibitors

The brand-name companies returning to Heimtextil in 2016 include Enzo Degli, Luilor, TEXAO, Marzotto Lab, Ratti Spa and Pozzi Arturo from Italy, Libeco-Lagae, Verbatex and Annabel Textiles from Belgium and Penelope from Turkey.

“The reason why Enzo Degli Angiuoni is coming back to Frankfurt is that Heimtextil is very successful and the most important trade fair for the textile sector. I started exhibiting in Frankfurt more than 30 years ago with a small stand of about 16 m² and it took years before I was given this position. Since then, many things have changed for us all,” commented Enzo Angiuoni, CEO of Enzo degli Angiuoni Spa.

The ‘window’ and ‘upholstery’ segments will be expanded significantly at the next edition of Heimtextil exhibition. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

“Heimtextil has developed very positively,” also noted  Bart Vandamme, Sales and Marketing Director of Libeco. “The number of exhibitors has risen and the atmosphere at recent editions was very good. The internationality on the visitor side makes the fair the benchmark for the sector. Libeco focuses on the worldwide export business and taking part in Heimtextil fits in perfectly with this strategy. We will present our latest linen collections in Frankfurt and hope to attract many new international customers.”

Print IT digital

Hall 4.0 also offers more space for the expanding digital-print segment. There, Heimtextil presents a comprehensive spectrum of ultra-modern technologies from the world’s leading print-machine manufacturers under the motto print IT digital.

Among the companies taking part in this segment are Hewlett Packard, Epson, Durst, Xeikon, Mimaki, MS Printing Solutions, Kornit, Reggiani and MTEX Solutions.

As in the past, the European Digital Textile Conference by WTiN will be held on the first day of Heimtextil 2016 in Saal Europa of Hall 4. Additionally, there will be an exhibition and the presentation of the WTiN Award in Hall 4.0 for the first time. Adjoining the digital-print segment, the new Print IT Digital café reflects this theme and will be a meeting place for the sector.


The Designlive area will once again be located in the heart of Heimtextil, in Hall 4.2, and give over 200 international design studios the chance to show their creative inspirations for home and household textiles, organisers report.

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