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Texprocess records double-digit increase in visitor numbers

Altogether, 273 exhibitors from 33 countries took part in the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials.

29th May 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Frankfurt

Industrial, Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Over 13,300 trade visitors from 94 countries and 7,600 visitors from the concurrent Techtextil came to Texprocess to discover the world’s biggest range of new software solutions, processes and technologies for the garment and leather technology sector. Altogether, 273 exhibitors from 33 countries took part in the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials in Frankfurt from 4-7 May 2015.

“Texprocess is clearly the leading fair for the sector. This year, our exhibitors were more pleased than ever before with the quality of visitors and the contacts made with their target groups. Numerous direct business transactions were concluded. We also saw impressive exhibition stands and fascinating product demonstrations,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Reflective Textiles: Regine IQtrim GmbH. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jean-Luc Valentin

“Here at Texprocess, trade visitors were able to discover more innovations than ever before in the fields of design, cutting, sewing, joining, knitting, embroidery, finishing and textile printing. Only Texprocess brings together the sector from all around the world, and only at Texprocess are the very latest developments on show.”

International trade visitors and exhibitors

Visitor growth came primarily from outside Germany while the number of German visitors remained constant. After Germany, the top visitor nations were Italy, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, France, Great Britain, Spain, Bulgaria and the Russian Federation. There was a significant increase in the number of trade visitors from Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Egypt, Poland, Portugal and Sri Lanka.

In addition to the garment, filtration and leather industries, many international trade visitors from the automobile and furniture manufacturing sectors came to discover the numerous new products at Texprocess.

Shirt finisher with short process times by powerful fan unit. ©Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

“We are very satisfied with the fair. Our visitors came from western and eastern Europe and from North Africa. We met particularly with our regular customers, but also found new customers”, said Dieter Karallus, Technical Advisor, Juki Central Europe. “We showed industrial sewing machines for automotive applications, upholstery and leather, i.e. along with non-apparel also machines for jeans, shirts and underclothing. Our products for upholstery and automotive applications were in particular demand.”

Focus on ‘Industrie 4.0’ and sustainability

No hardware without software was the main theme of Texprocess 2015. More and more companies are banking on modern IT solutions with 3D visualisation to adapt their designs, sewing and cutting technologies to individual customer requirements.

Industrie 4.0 is closely linked with the subject of digitalisation in the sector. Innovative technologies are the key to complete integration and speeding-up of the entire process of shoe and garment manufacturing.

“Given a market that is becoming ever more complex, the main task facing leading exporting countries today in the development and global production chain of clothing is more than ever one of speed and cost efficiency, while concurrently optimising products and processes. Texprocess has offered us the right platform and requisite attention to demonstrate innovative technology and applied Industrie 4.0 to a large international trade public on our joint exhibition stand with Epson and ColorDigital,” said Gerd Müller-Thomkins, Managing Director, German Fashion Institute (DMI).

Trade-fair duo in line with the market’s demands

The trade-fair duo of Techtextil and Texprocess was once again an unrivalled platform where manufacturers were able not only to make high-grade contacts to the whole textile and apparel sector but also to processors and users.

Innovative Apparel Show. ©Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

Great response to the programme of events and exhibitions Texprocess offered trade visitors and exhibitors a multi-faceted programme of events and exhibitions. With a well-attended programme of lectures, the Texprocess Forum attracted numerous visitors, especially to the panel discussions on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the fair. Also extremely satisfied were the participants of the Texprocess Campus and the exhibitors of the [email protected] area. The internationally renowned Texprocess Innovation Award was presented to four important innovations and developments for the third time.

Another magnet for visitors was the first Innovative Apparel Show, which combined technical textiles with innovative processing technologies. It is planned to hold the Innovative Apparel Show again in 2017.

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