Techtextil and Texprocess concluded successfully with attendance over 47,500 visitors, who made their way to the fairs to discover the most innovative products in the technical textiles and nonwovens sector.
Techtextil and Texprocess concluded successfully with attendance over 47,500 visitors, who made their way to the fairs to discover the most innovative products in the technical textiles and nonwovens sector.
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Over 47,500 visitors from 114 countries showed up in the Techtextil and Texprocess trade fairs held from 9 to 12 May in Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, representing around 14% increase when compared to the last edition (2015: 41,826), according to the organizer.

If any industry is fit for the future, it’s the textile industry. Nevertheless, even in this age of digitalization, a personal exchange of ideas and opinions is essential. Accordingly, we are delighted that so many visitors came to Techtextil and Texprocess”, explained Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Compliments from exhibitors and partner

Although we had extra personnel on our exhibition stand, visitors still had to queue on occasions. For us, the fair was fantastic”, said Dr Jan Zimmermann of Techtextil exhibitor Forster Rohner from Switzerland.

We expected numerous visitors before the doors opened. But that there would be so many was a great surprise. On occasions, we even had trouble in answering all inquiries”, said Sebastian Feges of Texprocess exhibitor Efka confirming the record number of visitors.

From scanning body dimensions of tomorrow’s apparel customer, via IT-aided fashion design, automatic cutting, ever faster sewing and joining, as well as embroidering innumerable parts simultaneously, to delivering the garments: at Texprocess, the degree of interaction between man and machine reached a new level.

“The garment manufacturing and textile industries set course for the future at an early stage and, during the two fairs, once again demonstrated that they rank among the most viable and progressive of sectors”, said Elgar Straub, Managing Director, VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, the conceptual partner of Texprocess, rounding off the overall impression.

On all four days, the situation was similar at Techtextil where international trade visitors jammed the exhibition halls looking for high-tech textiles for use in applications such as folding textile headlights, smart knee bandages, warming or cooling fashions, not to mention garments with integrated LEDs, fire-resistant fibres, bicycle frames made of carbon and textile membranes for stadium roofs.

Positive economic climate in the sector

After Germany, the three main visitor nations at Techtextil were Italy, France and Turkey. At Texprocess, they were Italy, Romania and Portugal. Meanwhile, as said, many young professionals attended the fairs - an indication of the positive and dynamic mood in the textile sector, which is clearly on course for growth.

The very good mood at the fair was underscored by the visitor poll on the economic climate in the sector. According to 33% of Texprocess visitors (2015: 26%), the current economic situation can be described as good. In the case of Techtextil visitors, the figure was even higher with 42% holding this opinion (2015: 32%).

Besides, outstanding ratings were given to the two events: 96% of Techtextil visitors said they were very pleased with the results of their visit to the fair; in the case of Texprocess visitors, the figure was 97%.

Fruitful special events

Also very well received were the numerous special exhibitions and events, which offered insights into the whole textile value chain and highlighted the synergistic effects between the two fairs.

Opened by ESA astronaut Dr Reinhold Ewald, the space-travel oriented exhibition, ‘Living in Space’ attracted numerous visitors with features such as a virtual reality journey to Mars, materials for use in space and a ‘Space Habitat’ designed by star architect Ben van Berkel.

There was thunderous applause for the ‘Innovative Apparel Show’, which drew packed crowds with a display of high-tech textiles live on the catwalk several times throughout the fair.

In addition, showing a complete textile production line in operation, the ‘Digital Textile Micro Factory’ was praised as having been a complete success.

The next Techtextil and Texprocess will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 14 to 17 May 2019.