With a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries and, in all, some 47,000 trade visitors from 116 countries, the largest editions of Techtextil and Texprocess ever to be held ended in Frankfurt/Germany. From May 14-17, 2019, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, Techtextil and the international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials Texprocess again became the platform for users of technical textiles from the widest variety of sectors, as well as for manufacturers of apparel, upholstered furniture and leather products.
1,080 (72%) of the exhibitors were from abroad. After Germany, the 5 biggest exhibitor nations were Italy (134), China (113), France (103), Switzerland (63) and the UK (62). Taking part for the first time or returning after a period of absence were Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Tunisia. Additionally, 14 countries were represented by national pavilions. Particular exhibitor growth was registered from Turkey, the Czech Republic, China, the USA and Taiwan.
There was, amongst others, strong representation at the Techtextil for suppliers of fabrics for functional apparel and of smart textiles with integral lighting, heating and sensory functionality, which are used in sportswear, fashionwear, outdoor clothes and workwear.
The Texprocess was also all about digital solutions for the sector – from fully networked production lines in the form of micro-factories and machines capable of autonomous learning, to cloud-based collaboration between designers, product developers, manufactures and retailers across national boundaries.
With ‘Sustainability at Techtextil and Texprocess’ both trade fairs focused on the approaches that its exhibitors are adopting to sustainability issues. A dedicated exhibition guide took visitors straight to the relevant exhibitors. Also, for the first time, in 2019 there were 2 winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award in the sustainability category.