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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Posted January 7, 2020
The historic political fight in Washington may actually benefit the US technical textiles industry in 2020.
In more "normal" times, even with bipartisan support of trade deals and building legislation, it's a slow process to get something done in Washington. In a funny way, under the current polar vortex called impeachment, things may actually get done faster. President Donald Trump wants to show he is still able to carry out his campaign promises and impeachment is not hindering his ability to administer. The Democrats, fearful of a bogged down impeachment process that could wear down their public support, are eager to show they can also get something done and avoid a blame they are only consumed with getting rid of the president.
Thus, you see both sides touting what's in the United States/Mexico/Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is focused on the impact of what the agreement means in terms of fiber and yarn sourcing; however, I am more interested in the end product markets that benefit from the trade agreement. In the USMCA, the amount of material made in North America that goes into a vehicle increases significantly. The largest single end-market for technical textiles is the automotive industry. The USMCA means more products like headliner material, airbags and seatbelts, acoustical and vibration dampening, carpeting, composites and industrial hoses will be needed. USMCA is a terrific win for the many smaller technical textile parts makers in the US.
As for infrastructure, the current authorization, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, expires at the end of 2020. President Trump wants more than $1 trillion to help fix the country's roads and bridges. There is a bipartisan support for the new legislation because it's passage will benefit so many states. The winners for us? It would hands-down be the geosynthetics industry, as well as those who make construction-used products like tarps and protective covers, and personal protection gear.
So, expect to see some things getting accomplished in Washington in 2020. It is an election year and never underestimate the self-preservation instincts of a politician.
Posted January 7, 2020
December 3, 2019
Thanks to the BeaverLake6 Report's arrangements with China Textile magazine and the China Nonwoven & Industrial Textile Association (CNITA), we have received the report "A Brief Analysis of Economic Operation of the Industrial Textile Industry in the First Half of 2019" writtened by CNITA's market research department.
In the first half of 2019, China's economy faced a complicated development environment. Issues such as the downturn in automotive demand and the US/China trade dispute are having an impact. Production is still growing but the markets are relatively flat. Click here to read the entire report in the China section. Posted
November 24, 2019
The second edition of the Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium (EAGS 2019) was held November 18-19, 2019 in Beijing, China. Many of the leading experts in geosynthetics delivered presentations. Ms. Flora Zhao, the director of the editorial department for China Textile magazine, has given us an extensive review of the symposium program. Click here to go to our China section to read her report.
The IFAI Expo 2019 was held last week in Orlando, Fla., USA. The exhibition was a smaller event than in years past but it still remains a powerful showcase of industry products. In the Special Report section, you will find analysis of the show, plus news that comes from the Industrial Fabrics Association International's Annual Meeting and the winners of the International Achievement Awards. Click here to read the articles. Posted October 10, 2019
In 2018, China's industrial textile industry maintained a relatively rapid growth. The year, though, also found more complex challenges for the industry, including the tariff issues with the US. Thanks to BeaverLake6 Reports' exclusive arrangement with China Textile magazine, we are presenting the English-translated version of the final 2018 report written by the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textile Association (CNITA). The report included information on fiber and material production, plus selected large end-product markets. Click here to read the report. Posted September 3, 2019
NCTO Members Testifying at US International Trade Commission. Surprisingly, there appears to be a little worry the announced new US tariffs on China (Section 301) may be reaching too far with its scope. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), which has been firmly behind most of the textile-tariffs against China over the last year, is expressing concern the new Tranche Four retaliatory tariffs may affect US imports on products needed by the US domestic textile industry.
[Read the rest of my editorial that takes NCTO to task for its hypocritical "moral" argument supporting the proposed additional products but excluding its industry's suppliers by clicking here.]
Posted June 17, 2019
Despite the increasingly complex industry demands, the Chinese technical textiles market was relatively stable. Nonwovens output increased over last year. Key specific markets such as tire cord also increased in 2018 over 2017. Overall operating income for industrial textiles used in China reached $34 billion. Click here to read the complete summary provided to BeaverLake6 Report by China Textile magazine through our exclusive relationship. Posted February 15, 2019
INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has issued its final report on IDEA19. The event held March 25-27, 2019 in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, attracted 6,500+ participants and 509 exhibiting companies from 75 countries. Show floor space was a record 168,600 square feet, a 9% increase over the previous show.
Surprisingly, the people and exhibitor participation figures are not record numbers. The IDEA16 show in Boston, Mass., USA, attracted 7000+ and 555 exhibitors.
So, why was participation down this year from IDEA16? I think an explanation for the decline is the South Florida location of IDEA19. Click here to read more.
BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to provide an exclusive interview with Li Lingshen, Ph.D., Vice President of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, and President of the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, the overseeing organization for the technical textiles industry in China. Click here to read the interview.
Positive Reviews but Still Uncertainty. On November 16, 2018, two of the US textile industry associations testified before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in a special hearing to determine the economic impact of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The leaders of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) provided statements on how they feel the new agreement will affect their member companies.
The two organizations clearly have different biases; however, in looking over the AAFA and NCTO statements, it appears to me that while the organizations both clearly said they were not offering an endorsement yet of the agreement, they gave general overall approval for USMCA, acknowledging the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needed updating. Both organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude to more fully look at how the agreement impacts the complex supply chain of textiles and apparel. Click here to read more.
NAFTA Replacement Agreement Negotiated. On October 1, President Donald Trump announced the US, Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement whichreplaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect in 1994. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions and language that has an impact on the technical textiles industry; the most important are 1) a special section covering textiles and apparel and 2) rules of origin that will require 75% of automotive content (under NAFTA 62.5%) be made in North America. Mexico and Canada are the two largest importers of US made technical textiles and the automotive industry is the largest intended end market of these technical textiles. Click here to go to the United States Trade Representative's website and read the "Textiles and Apparel Goods" chapter. Posted October 3, 2018
Are you looking for a quick understanding of the China technical textiles industry? Through our special relationship with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and their China Textile publication, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to post the English-translation of the recently issued "Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry, 2017." The report covers the different levels of the industry, geographic export demographics, and forecast the needs in the major end market applications. Click here to read the report in our China Textile website section.
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