The organizers of the international trade fair Techtextil & Texprocess, which will take place on the 9th till 12th May, 2017 in Frankfurt, presented their program and the current developments of the German textile industry within the scope of the Heimtextil tradeshow in Frankfurt.

Techtextil is the trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. Texprocess is the trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials. The trade show duo presents the complete textile value creation chain – from preparatory processes to finishing technologies. During the last edition Techtextil and Texprocess hosted 1.662 exhibitors from 54 countries and almost 42.000 visitors came to the tradeshows.

According to the organizers, Texprocess records its highest number of registrations for the upcoming edition. Among the companies that have already signed up are Amann, Brother, Dürkopp Adler, Mitsubishi and Teseo.

A special experience will wait for visitors in hall 6.1. Under the heading ‘Living in space’, Techtextil will be showcasing the wide variety of applications for technical textiles in space travel.

Manfred Junkert, deputy manager of the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry, gave a short overview of the textile and fashion industry in Germany, pointing out that the textile industry is an important economic sector with a turnover of €32 billion per year.

Junkert sees the biggest challenge and the future for the textile industry in the digitization. Giving an example of the Proglove, a product from a German start up that created a scanner-integrated glove for work stations, Junkert pointed out the importance of products that simplify internal processes and reinforces digital processes in the textile industry. Creating patterns, placing designs, print, cut and sew – everything is digitized and simplifies processes.

In his presentation Junkert also emphasized that the German textile industry supports TTIP, saying that export and free trade are one of the most important aspects for the textile industry.

In addition to the digitization trend in the textile industry, Elgar Straub, managing director VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, pointed out other sector trends that will be subjects of discussion during Texprocess this year:

  1. Individualization
  2. Digital printing
  3. Functional textiles and smart textiles
  4. Sustainable production of sustainable products

According to Straub there is an enormous demand for individual products like furniture, automobiles and also for garments and the production of technical textiles. Straub sees the developing of microfactories as a sign of this megatrend and also a possibility to create the perfect product for the customer and get closer to him. Nevertheless, Straub believes that traditional production lines will continue to exist.

Digital printing will also play an important role during Texprocess. According to Straub, technical progress makes new solutions possible like direct printing of clothing, shoes and technical textiles and in the future the two production stages of digital printing and cutting will be combined.

Another trend pointed out by Straub are functional or smart textiles. The integration of electronic and sensory functions in textiles also technical- home- or medical-textiles becomes more and more important. Clothing of the future will be able to warm and heat, light, protect, generate energy as well as communicate and identify its carrier.

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