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Techtextil Frankfurt 2017

Living in Space

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

Visitor and Exhibitor Records at Techtextil and Texprocess

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

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 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.

Trade Show Opens with Record Number of Exhibitors

Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board, Messe Frankfurt, at the Opening Ceremony

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.


Steve Warner


Posted May 8, 2017

Eight smart products chosen for the Techtextil Innovation Award 2017

Special exhibition of the award-winning products throughout the fair


The Techtextil Innovation Awards were presented at the opening ceremony of Techtextil today. An international jury honored 8 products in 4 categories:


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.

The jury:

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


Coming Events

  • January 16-18:  NECPA 2020 Conference & Expo, Worcester, Mass., USA
  • January 21-24:  SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
  • January 22-24:  IFAI Tent Conference, River Ranch, Fla., USA
  • January 28-29:  Elementary Nonwovens Training, Cary, M.C., USA
  • January 29-31:  2020 Winter Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA

Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

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Posted January 7, 2020

Will Things Get Done in Washington in 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.


Steve Warner


Posted January 7, 2020

December 3, 2019

2019 Brief Analysis of China's Industrial Textile Industry

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

2019 Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium Held in China

Flora Zhao, China Textiles

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. 

IFAI Expo 2019 Analysis

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

Final Report Issued on 2018 China Industrial Textiles Industry

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

Do Profit and Convenience Muck Up the Moral Concern in Tariff Testimony by US Domestic Textile Industry?

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.]


Steve Warner


Posted June 17, 2019

China's Industrial Textile Market Demands Still Remains Vigorous

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

Does IDEA Show Need to be in Miami Beach?

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.

President Li Lingshen, President, China Nonwovens & Industrial Texiles Association

President Li Lingshen

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.

NCTO Neglects Automotive Textiles as Organizations Testify on Proposed USMCA Impact

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

State of the Chinese Technical Textiles Markets in 2017

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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