The upcoming editions of Techtextil and Texprocess, leading international trade appointments for technical textiles and nonwovens and the processing of textile and flexible materials, will take place May 14-17, 2019 in Frankfurt.
Both will focus on “Urban Living–City of the Future,” a crucial theme considering that, according to the United Nations, by 2050 almost 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban regions, metropolises and megacities. Such forecasts show that it’s necessary to develop new solutions for construction, mobility concepts and health services–as well as smart fashion and functional clothing.
Taking center stage this time will be the Netherlands, supported by Creative Holland, an initiative of the Dutch creative industries. Within the shows a designated area will examine the role that textiles and textile composites can play in the future of cities. It will also highlight a variety of outstanding examples of urban fabric innovations from this country.
“After embarking on a journey into outer space and into the future for the previous edition of Techtextil and Texprocess in 2017, with Urban Living we’re now coming back down to earth and into the here and now,” explained Olaf Schmidt, vice president of Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. “And with the Dutch creative industries, we have been able to bring the ideal partner on board to do this: on the one hand, textiles are firmly anchored in the history and national DNA of the Netherlands. And on the other, the country is practically its own metropolitan region. The design orientation of the Dutch creative industries and the innovative, forward-looking and sustainable ingenuity that sets our neighboring country apart are perfectly in line with the positioning of Techtextil and Texprocess.”
By hosting an area of more than 500 sq. meters, in the foyer of Hall 4.2, which is being shared by Techtextil and Texprocess for the first time, the gatherings will show examples of how textile innovations can already improve the way people live together in urban surroundings. They will refer to Techtextil’s spectrum of textile solutions that are relevant within the context of the urbanization megatrends in construction, mobility, medicine and clothing. Selected innovations will also be shown in a disruptive architectonic landscape.
Completing the offer the of the shows will also be a Material Gallery showing related best practice solutions from exhibitors, and the presentation area of the Techtextil student competition, Textile Structures for New Building.
Other initiatives will complete the exhibits’ offer including, among others, the textile up-cycling pioneers DenimX, research institutes such as the Hyperloop team from Delft Technical University (TU Delft), contributions from the Next Nature Network and independent representatives of the Dutch creative scene including textile architect Samira Boon.
At their most recent edition in 2017 Techtextil and Texprocess attracted a total of 1,789 exhibitors from 66 countries and more than 47,500 visitors from 114 countries.