One of the highlights of the Techtextil and Texprocess shows was the theme "Living in Space." Featured was a material gallery area with displays of 40 selected textile products from the exhibitors for use in space travel. The display was divided into 4 sections -- Architecture, Clothing, Civilization and Mobility.
Dominating the display area was the Prototype II, a modular shelter designed by architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio and made by MDT-tex. The shelter envisions how we might one day live on the moon or on Mars. The design is inspired by foldable structures and the need for lightweight and compact transport into space. The primary material component of the shelter is PTFE membrane. Posted May 17, 2017
Messe Frankfurt Press Release
Issued May 13, 2017
Special ‘Living in Space’ exhibition attracts the masses
Textile industry shows itself from the dynamic, high-tech side
“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.
Many of the 1,789 exhibitors of Techtextil and Texprocess had similar
experiences. Over 47,500 visitors (an increase of around 14%,
2015: 41,826) from 114 countries made their way to Frankfurt Fair and
Exhibition Centre from 9 to 12 May, to discover the most innovative
products in the field of technical textiles and the latest processing
Entering the exhibition halls of the two leading trade fairs left no doubt:
“Industry 4.0, smart and functional textiles and digitalization are no
longer tomorrow’s trends. Today, the textile industry is in the thick of it. 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. “Anyone who was not here in
Frankfurt over the last four days has missed experiencing the dynamic
nature of the textile industry for themselves”, added Braun.
“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, conceptual partner of Texprocess, rounding off the
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 fibers, bicycle
frames made of carbon and textile membranes for stadium roofs.
After Germany, the three main visitor nations at Techtextil were Italy,
France and Turkey. At Texprocess, they were Italy, Romania and
Portugal. Particularly striking this year: very many young professionals
attended the fairs – another indication of the positive and dynamic mood
in the textile sector, which is clearly on course for growth. “Techtextil and
Texprocess provide the setting for a lively exchange of ideas and
opinions, as well as networking between the players, especially from the
industry and start-ups, as well as the research and scientific fields”, said
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State Dirk Wiese of the Federal Ministry
of Economics and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und
Energie – BMWi) during his visit to the two fairs.
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%). To these
figures must be added the outstanding ratings given to the two events.
Thus, 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 even higher: 97%.
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
to the foyer of Halls 5.1 / 6.1 with a display of high-tech textiles live on
the catwalk several times throughout the fair. 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.
This year's Techtextil opened its doors in Frankfurt today under the motto "Connecting the Future."
To say the event is big is an understatement: Techtextil 2017 has 1,477 exhibitors from 55 countries and the co-located Texprocess has another 312 exhibitors from 36 countries, for a combined staggering 1,789 exhibitors. That's a lot of walking for the visitors.
By necessity, the 2017 shows added an extra day, expanding from 3 to 4 days -- but even then, if you were determined to visit every stand this week, you would only be able to spend slightly more than 1 minute at each over the 35 hours of floor time. Whew!
The Techtextil Innovation Awards were presented at the Opening Ceremony today. An international jury honored 8 products, including a bicycle lock made of high-tech textiles, an intelligent knee brace, and a seamless load-securing net.
Posted May 8, 2017
Special exhibition of the award-winning products throughout the fair
In the New Application category, a winner was the Centexbel, non-profit organization (Belgium). The intelligent knee brace from Centexbel supports patients during the rehabilitation phase after knee operations. A textile sensor identifies the angle of the knee in real-time and informs the patient of this accordingly. It also offers personalized exercises via an app.
Also a winner in the New Application category was Peterseim Strickwaren, presenting a basalt knitted fabric that protects maritime systems, such as buoys, from environmental influences and cuts maintenance costs by up to 40%.
In the New Technology category, the winner was Upper Franconian company of V. Fraas Solutions in Textile with its product SITnet, a load-securing net distinguished by joining points for the belts, which are warp-knitted instead of sewn. Thus, the net is completely flat, even and capable of bearing higher loads than conventional products.
Vetex NV (Belgium), a company specializing in coating and laminating technology, also was a winner in the New Technology category. Its OC2PUS technology permits a polyurethane coating to be applied to flexible substrates, i.e., to functionalize textiles, without the use of solvents, such as the controversial dimethyl formamide (DMF). To this end, specially developed polyurethane resins, which harden chemically during the coating process, are used.
In the New Product category, the Leipzig-based start-up Texlock was chosen for its innovative, textile-based bicycle lock, which is light, flexible and does not scratch the bicycle’s paintwork thanks to its soft surface.
In the New Product category, a winner was Penn Textile Solutions which specializes in the production of elastic textiles and was selected for an Innovation Award for Ombra-DLS, a shading net for use in facade construction and window installation. By expanding the net to a greater or lesser extent, the light admitted to a room or building can be modified according to requirements, regardless of how much light energy is available at the time.
The Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibres (ITCF) Denkendorf received the New Material category for PURCELL, a sustainable composite made of pure cellulose, which is used not only as a high strength reinforcement fiber but also as a matrix component.
Also named a winner in the New Material category was Durafiber Technologies (France), chosen for an alkaline-resistant polyester HT yarn. Tests have shown that the yarn retains its original technical properties almost unchanged even after being in contact with alkaline products at high temperatures for several days.
Braz Costa, CITEVE, Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias téxtil e do Vestuário, Portugal
Sabine Gimpel, TITV Greiz Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e.V., Germany
Dr Klaus Jansen, Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V., Deutschland
Dr Jan Laperre (Chair), Centexbel, Belgium
Dr René Rossi, EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
Dr Thomas Stegmaier, ITV Institute for Textile and Process Technology Denkendorf, Germany
Dr Hartmut Strese, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Deutschland
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Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.
The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...
June 29. 2017
Wisconsin Contract Sewer Wins the Amazon Echo at Techtextil North America. Thanks for all who stopped by the BeaverLake6 Report booth at the Techtextil North America show last week in Chicago, Ill., USA. I truly appreciated talking with you about your company and the industry. For those of you who entered the drawing, the winner of the Amazon Echo was Jim Herman, owner of Wisconsew Inc., a contract sewing company located in Shawano, Wis., USA. Special thanks to Eduardo Castañer, publisher and general manager of Davison Publishing, for helping draw the lucky card. Posted June 24, 2017
President of American Fiber Manufacturers Association Passes. The American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) has reported Paul T. O'Day, president and counsel of the organization, passed away June 1. He was 82 and died peacefully at his home.
In a statement issued today, the organization said: "Mr. O'Day was appointed President of the Association in 1984. He was fiercely dedicated to the industry he loved for 33 years. A true gentleman and powerful intellect, Paul O'Day led the Association with a sophisticated wit and charm."
Posted June 5, 2017
Imagination on Display in Frankfurt. It was known going into the Techtextil and Texprocess shows last week that tthere would be a record number of exhibitors and, further, there was so much attendance the last time in 2015 that the organizer decided to expand the length of the shows to 4 days in 2017. Thus so, it was no real surprise that the final report reveals more than 47,500 visitors came (an increase of 14% over 2015) from 114 countries. According to a poll taken of visitors, 42% felt the economic climate could be consider "good" (compared to only 32% in 2015). The next Techtextil and Texprocess shows in Frankfurt will be held May 14-17, 2019. Click here for more insight into the shows as well as the official final report from Messe Frankfurt. Posted May 17, 2017
US Department of Commerce Leaves Textile Industry Out of Trade Agreement Priorities. Since President Donald Trump took office there has been much talk about the ambitious "America First" trade priorities including pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the planned renegotiating of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and even revisiting the textile industry's disastrous US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
So, it would seem logical the US textile industry would be a priority in the changes in all these trade talks. Apparently not.
Last week Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, no stranger to the textile industry, named 6 core industries for its trade agenda -- steel, aluminum, vehicles, aircraft, shipbuilding and semiconductors. Noticeably missing was the consideration of textiles as a vital core industry for inclusion in these trade talks. Despite back-patting about the optimism of working with the new Trump Administration when the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) met in Washington recently for its annual meeting, there seems to be a long road to hoe before textiles is taken seriously by the Federal government for its importance to the US economy. Again, I ask: Who will take the lead in developing a US textile industry vision?
Posted April 26, 2017
"The United States is looked upon by those with whom I inter-related as less and less relevant as an economic force, and has become simply the market into which those within and outside of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries would sell their goods and services with little concern for reciprocity. To me, our immediate withdrawal from TPP after the election only compounds this situation." Click here to read the entire posting by Bud Weisbart, a small business owner and frequent contributor to BeaverLake6 Report. Posted March 29, 2017
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:
BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017
Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017
There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom.
In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017
2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016
Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.
I am pleased to announce BeaverLake6 Report has added a new column called "Jon Klein's Outlook." Jon Klein is the Business Development Leader at PrimaLoft® Aerogel insulation. With over 20 years in the industry, Mr. Klein has extensive experience in the textiles, apparel and footwear industry. Mr. Klein is a frequent contributor of short articles on LinkedIn, the world's largest business network, writing about the various market segments of the technical textiles. This column covers his LinkedIn postings. Please click here to go to his column.
Steve Warner, Publisher
June 27, 2016
Industry Market Report Available. What impact has the sale of decline of military products purchases have on government shelter fabricators? What is the outlook on textiles going into the automotive industry? What are three issues that can negatively impact the growth of the protective clothing market segment?
You can find the answers to all these questions in the 2016 State of the U.S. Technical Textiles Industry report published in Textile World magazine. Part One of the report is in the March/April issue and Part Two will be in the May/June issue.
Click here to go to the report on the Textile World website.
In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.
So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.
Posted January 17, 2016
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