With a record number of exhibitors and the highest degree of internationality on the visitor side, the Techtextil and Texprocess trade fairs closed at the end of last week. According to the organizer, Messe Frankfurt, a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 nations presented their new developments at the two fairs. Compared to the event in 2017, this was an increase of 1.6%. At around 47,000, the number of trade visitors was slightly lower than the record result of two years ago (47,500). On the other hand, the degree of internationality increased once again: visitors came from a total of 116 nations versus 114 in 2017.
Detlef Braun, member of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt, was very satisfied with the way the trade fairs went: "The textile and apparel industry showed its most progressive side at Techtextil and Texprocess and thus boosted the mood in the textile sector in challenging times."
Frankfurt had once again proven itself to be the leading international platform for users of technical textiles from a wide variety of sectors, as well as manufacturers of clothing, fashion, upholstered furniture and leather products.
This is all the more important as the share of technical textiles in the total production of the textile industry in Europe and especially in Germany is increasing all the time, said Braun. In Europe as a whole, technical textiles already account for around 17% of total textile production. Germany is the world's leading exporter of technical textiles and currently achieves annual sales of around €13 billion in this sector.
Digitization along the entire textile chain and sustainability were the main topics of the trade fairs. Texprocess, for example, focused on digital solutions for the sector–from fully networked production lines in the form of microfactories and self-learning machines to cloud-based cooperation between designers, product developers, manufacturers and retailers across national borders. "Digitalization and networking in the industry has picked up speed once again and is now extending into the retail sector," said Elgar Straub, managing director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies.
With "Sustainability at Techtextil and Texprocess,” both trade fairs focused for the first time on the sustainability approaches of their exhibitors. A separate trade fair guide guided visitors to the exhibitors, who presented new ideas and products in the field of sustainability.
Suppliers of smart textiles for the apparel industry were also strongly represented. At Techtextil, suppliers of functional apparel fabrics and smart textiles with integrated lighting, heating or sensor functions, which are used in sports, fashion, outdoor clothing and workwear, were very much represented. Companies such as Schoeller, Freudenberg and Lenzing attracted designers, product managers and buyers from well-known clothing manufacturers. "We had many interested representatives of well-known brands such as Mammut, North Face and Tommy Hilfiger at our booth," said Hendrikus van Es, head of protection textiles and member of the management board of Schoeller Textil AG.
The special onsite exhibition "Urban Living. City of the Future,” was organized by Messe Frankfurt in collaboration with "Creative #olland,” an initiative of the Dutch creative industries. Innovations from architecture and construction, mobility, medicine and clothing were presented on more than 500 square meters, showing how textile innovations can improve human coexistence in urban environments.
The next Techtextil and Texprocess will take place in Frankfurt May 4-7, 2021.