The following is a final report issued June 25, 2019 from Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of the Techtextil and Texprocess shows refarding the highlights of the show:
Techtextil 2019: The Highlights
Techtextil 2019 again hit the mark with satisfied exhibitors and increased levels of international participation. Even more in demand: textiles for functional apparel and solutions for lightweight construction in the motor-vehicle industry.
With 1,501 exhibitors from 57 countries, Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which was held from May 14-17, 2019, showcased an even more extensive range of high-tech textiles than ever before. With growth of around 1.6 percent in exhibitor numbers (2017: 1,477 from 55 countries1), the trade fair
offered its largest event to date, which, with 42,500 visitors from 105 countries, including visitors from Texprocess, and a level of international participation of 63%, was also more international than ever before.
“Four days, a full program and an impressive variety of textile materials for all applications. I am repeatedly impressed at how innovative, creative and successful the technical textiles sector is. And the world knows, too, that this sector exhibits in Frankfurt every two years, in all its concentrated dynamism and energy. Nor has there ever
before be in such international participation,” says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.
Techtextil – The Most International Edition to Date
With some 63% of visitors coming from outside Germany (2017: 61%), Techtextil has recorded its most international show ever. The leading five countries of origin for visitors were, after Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, the Netherlands and Spain.
With 421 exhibitors from within Germany and 1,080 from abroad, the level of international participation amounted to 72%. The five most strongly represented countries in terms of exhibitors were, after Germany (421), Italy (134), China (113), France (103), Switzerland (63), Great Britain (62). New among them - or returning after an absence - were Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and
Tunisia. Moreover, there were 14 countries that were represented with national pavilions. In spite of a somewhat dismal assessment of the economic climate in the sector on the part of the exhibitors, their satisfaction, in terms of the degree to which they had achieved the targets they had set for their participation in the show, rose by 1 percentage point to 89%.
Textile Ideas for Life in the Cities of Tomorrow
The section dedicated to the theme of “Urban Living – City of the Future” was set up in collaboration with Creative Holland, who represent the Netherlands’ creative economy, and showcased innovative solutions and visionary proposals for urban living in the future.
The content was curated by the Stijlinstituut Amsterdam. The zone’s architectural design was the work of the Dutch architectural practice Refunc, who built a completely demountable structure using around 2,000 interwoven conference chairs.
The upcycling company DenimX demonstrated how textile offcuts can be transformed into bodywork components for motorcycles. With their ‘Colour Moves’, design and engineering consultants Rombout Frieling Lab demonstrated, with the help of various textile elements, how the city of the future will accommodate the travel needs, fashions and wishes of its inhabitants. The Technical University of Delft introduced the capsule
they have developed for the Hyperloop, with which they won first prize in the ‘SpaceX Hyperloop Pod’ competition, launched by Elon Musk. In an elaborate installation and exhibition entitled ‘The Ones to Watch’, New Order of Fashion (NooF), an international platform for talented creatives in the fashion industry, presented fashion designs by some young talents, which concentrated on sustainability in the fashion industry.
Textile architecture consultants, Samira Boon, created a lot of excitement with a textile-based room scenario, which combined traditional Japanese origami with the digital parameters of web technology.
Some of the installations risked a deliberately exaggerated impression. Artificially created meat products in the form of ice cream or talk of future professions such as that of ‘human organ designer’ and an artificial textile womb for premature babies threw up questions about the limits of the possible, as well as about what is ethically acceptable. The section proved a great stimulus for getting people to think about scenarios and
issues for the future, whilst leaving plenty of room for inventiveness in the field of sustainable solutions and for collective initiative
Moreover, Techtextil exhibitors who had brought sample textiles to display were able to do so in a Materials Gallery. Sustainability is a major issue for the sector.
With the ‘Sustainability at Techtextil and Texprocess’ initiative, both trade
fairs put their exhibitors’ approaches to sustainability explicitly on the
agenda for the first time. A dedicated trade-fair guide took visitors to the
For the first time, too, 2019 saw two winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award in the sustainability category. The prize winners included the working group from Comfil (Denmark), including Chemosvit Fibrochem (Slovakia), the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Engineering - ICT (Germany), Denmark’s Technical University and Centexbel (Belgium), who were chosen for BIO4SELF, completely organically based, self-supporting thermoplastic composites based on PLA fibers. These composites can be used in motor vehicle construction, in the sports industry and in medical technology.
The second award in the sustainability category went to PICASSO, a cooperative project of Portuguese partners in a project to develop a dyeing and treatment process for apparel, based on fungal and plant extracts and enzymes. Partnering the project are the Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI), the Tintex company, which specializes in sustainable textiles, spice and herb producer Ervital, the bio-technology company Bioinvitro Biotecnologia and the Centre for Textile Engineering - CITEVE.
Increasing Demand for Textiles in Architecture and the Building Sector
Another area of special focus at Techtextil was created by suppliers of fiber-based materials for the architecture and building sector, who were principally targeting architects and building engineers with their products. “With our ATLAS membrane, we introduced a new textile product for architectural use, which we have been developing intensively over the past few years. We were overwhelmed on the first day, particularly by international visitors. On top of our already large proportion of existing customers, a huge number of new ones were added as the show went on,” said Dr. Günther Gradnig, Managing Director at Techtextil exhibitor Sattler PRO-TEX GmbH, Austria. Also amongst the products exhibited was a façade in textile-reinforced concrete, developed by Penn Textile Solutions, together with producers of concrete components Stanecker and the Institute for Textile Engineering at the RWTH University of Aachen. Ettlin Smart Materials presented a lightweight, thin woven architectural fabric to be used as a sunshade, which is at the same time water-resistant, breathable, UV-resistant and transparent.
For what was already the 15th time, Techtextil’s ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ competition rewarded innovative approaches, original thinking and outstanding material solutions from students and young professionals. The student competition is organised jointly by its sponsors, the international association TensiNet and Techtextil, and this
year gave a ards to eight submissions. One of the awards went to Masa Zujovic, Isidora Kojovic and Nevena Jeremic from the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture (Serbia), who picked up on Techtextil’s 2019 special theme ‘Urban Living – City of the Future’ to create the design for their ‘Voro-Membrane’.
Lightweight and Smart: Technical Textiles for the Vehicle Industry
According to the industrial association, ‘Finishing – Yarns – Fabrics – Technical Textiles’ (IVGT), there are, statistically, over 40 individual fiber-based components in every car. These include seat covers, head-linings and safety belts, as well as filters, hoses, airbags, instrument panels and body components in fibre-reinforced plastic. That makes Techtextil one of the most popular platforms for developers, design engineers,
designers and buyers from OEMs and suppliers.
Around a third of exhibitors at Techtextil showcased textile-based solutions for applications in the motor vehicle manufacturing segment. On show for the first time in Frankfurt was a stitched inductive charging coil, which has been developed by the German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf (Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf - DITF) together with Daimler, BASF and
Bosch. With their new developments, textile suppliers Rökona from Tübingen have brought lighting effects and functions right into the car interior. Roma-Strickstoff-Fabrik Rolf Mayer, who make fabrics for side panels, pillars and parcel shelves for both German and European car manufacturers, exhibited a knitted heating system for the passenger compartment.
Variety: Textiles for Industrial Applications
Around half of the exhibitors at Techtextil also had products for the
mechanical engineering sector and for the chemical and electrical
industries in their selections and were grouped together under the
Indutech banner for industrial applications. Included in this area too,
were, amongst other things, smart textiles with lighting and heating
circuits, sensors and activators built in in the form of textile pads. In
evidence here was the close cooperation between textile specialists and
electronics engineers. Similarly, the German Institutes for Textile and
Fibre Research in Denkendorf (Deutsche Institute für Textil- und
Faserforschung Denkendorf) and the AMOHR company, based in
Wuppertal have, together, developed a partially automated process,
which ensures that electronic components adhere to elastic conductive
Another development in the field of Indutech applications won the 2019
Techtextil lnnovation Award in the ‘New Technology’ category. The fact
that precious metals are flushed away with the waste processing water
was the spur for the German North-West Textile Research Centre
(Deutsche Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West) to develop new forms of
filtration medium under the heading ‘Textile Mining’. If the adsorption
filters that have been devised in Krefeld are used, for instance, in
galvanic engineering or in the manufacture of conductive discs, then the
valuable metals can be separated out in an inexpensive way. There
already exist, today, prototypes for industrial applications that will
recover palladium from weak concentrations of the wastewater from the
electro-plating processes. Around € 1,000 worth of palladium will be left
sticking to every kilogram of textile filter.
Strongly Represented: Functional Apparel Fabrics for Fashion, Sport
At around a third of all exhibitors, suppliers of functional apparel textiles, smart textiles and accessories, together with sports equipment, fashion items, outdoor clothing and protective workwear, make up the largest single group of exhibitors at Techtextil. At Techtextil 2019 they included, amongst others, companies such as Schoeller, Freudenberg, RUDOLF and Lenzing.
In addition to the extensive range of functional textiles, both visitors and exhibitors at Techtextil – like those at the parallel Texprocess – benefit from the numerous synergies offered by Techtextil, including, for instance, Neonyt, Messe Frankfurt’s global hub for fashionwear, sustainability and innovation at the Berlin Fashion Week (2 to 4 July
2019). In the run-up to the show, Andreas Dorner, Head of Sales for Europe and America at Lenzing, a long-standing exhibitor at Techtextil, observed: “We are seeing a definite increase in demand for our alternative ranges at Techtextil.”
The company has been producing cellulose fibers from wood for over 80 years, and supplies brands such as Levi’s, Asos, Esprit and H&M, where their fibres appear on the shelves in a variety of products, including sustainable T-shirts, skirts and trousers. Their fibres are to be found in, for example, collections from the outdoor brand Bleed, launched in 2009. Bleed will again be exhibiting at the up-coming Neonyt. In turn, Bleed
weave on machines and plant produced by Techtextil exhibitor Lindauer Dornier GmbH from Lake Constance. The loom manufacturers, who enjoy a long-standing tradition in the industry, showcased, in Frankfurt, their latest solutions for the (energy)-efficient weaving of clothes, under the heading ‘The Green Machine’.
Attractive Complementary Program
The Techtextil Forum, a new, open format for expert discussion accessible to all trade visitors free of charge, was very well received. The focus here in lectures and discussion sessions over the four days of the show was on topics such as sustainability, filtration, smart textiles, composites, textiles in urban contexts, digital transformation and worlds
of work, not to mention textiles for medical applications. The Digital Textile Micro Factory is shared by both Techtextil and Texprocess, and, with its ‘Technical Line’, ‘Fashion Line’ and ‘3D Knitting Line’, offered, for the first time, three production lines. It, too, drew a lot of visitors. Again, the Micro Factory grew out of a collaborative venture between the
German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf (DITF) and a total of 15 partners and sponsors.
Techtextil and Texprocess: An Ideal Combination
Held in parallel with Techtextil, Texprocess also continued to record positive development. With 317 exhibitors from 34 countries, the leading international trade fair for the processing of textiles and flexible materials drew 1.6 percent more exhibitors to Frankfurt than the previous edition (2017: 312 exhibitors from 36 countries). Altogether 26,400 visitors from 96 countries, including visitors from Techtextil, attended Texprocess
(2017: 25,100 visitors from 109 countries). Together, the two shows welcomed 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries (2017: 1,789 from 66 countries) and 47,000 visitors from 116 countries (2017: around 47,500 trade visitors from 116 countries).
Techtextil and Texprocess: New Date for the Diary
The next Techtextil and Texprocess will take place from May 4-7, 2021 in Frankfurt am Main.
Combined Shows Attract more than 47,000 Visitors from 116 Countries. Once again, the co-located Techtextil 2019 and Texprocess 2019 proved to be the major international platform for the global technical textiles industry. Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, the organizer of the two trade fairs, released preliminary participation numbers immediately upon the conclusion of the 4-day event on May 17. Combined, there were a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries and 47,000 trade visitors from 116 countries. In comparison, the figures in 2017 were 1,789 exhibitors from 66 countries and 47,388 visitors from 114 countries.
While a quick glance finds the 2017 and 2019 numbers about even, I think 2019 is a remarkable achievement given the challenges facing the global industry. I'd like to do a deeper dive into the demographics to see if we can determine where the show has gained participation and what holds back other markets this year. It will be interesting to compare, for example, the Chinese participation this time verse the 2017 participation since there is a slowdown in the country's economy and the increasing tariff dispute with the US, its largest export designation for technical textiles.
In Europe itself, many in the industry described the economy in a "pause" situation, citing issues such as the Brexit mess, the political situation in Turkey, and a slow-growth 1.5% GDP economy so far in 2019. The industry seems to be waiting for market clarity which may be provided with the upcoming European parliamentary elections.
Posted May 19, 2019
"Towards sustainability" is the theme of this year's Techtextil show in Frankfurt. It became more evident throughout the show as I walked the aisles today seeing what Messe Frankfurt, the show's manager, had stated in its final promotion days before the event opened: "[You'll find} fibers made of recycled polyester, bio-based high-tech textiles, water-conserving dyeing and finishing process, functional and work clothing using little or no solvents, and adhesives."
At a press event today, Eddie Ingle, CEO of Wellman, a subsidiary of Indorama, announced the introduction of new 100% rPET (recycled PET) brand DEJA™ as part of its continuous commitment to deliver responsible and sustainable growth.
Again, I observed heavy booth traffic on all the floors in the 3 halls for Techtextil and Texprocess from the morning opening until the evening close. I didn't encounter one exhibitor who was unhappy about the attendance or quality of the visitors. This is definitely the place to be if you are in the technical textiles industry.
At the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) press conference, Roberta Adinoff, the organization's economic and statistics manager, delivered an outlook on the state of the technical textiles industry in Europe. Key take-aways from her presentation: European technical textile production last year approached $200 billion. Italy and Germany are Europ'e's biggest producers of technical textiles. The fastest growth of technical textiles over the last 10 years has been achieved by Poland, followed by Belgium, Austria and Portugal. European exports of technical textiles grew by 7%, indicating an increasing global competitiveness of the European industry. The US is the biggest export destination, followed by China. Overall, since 2015 European export growth of technical textiles has slightly outpaced import growth, resulting in basically a balanced trade for the industry.
Posted May 15, 2019
Busy Aisles Starts Within First Hour. With almost 40,000 expected during the 4-day run, the halls were filled from the get-go at the Messe Frankfurt fair grounds for Techtextil 2019 and Texprocess 2019. [The picture on the right shows the Mehler display stand 24 hours before the show started and then when the show began this morning.]
Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt, opened the show with a special Welcome press conference. Among the key take-aways from his presentation: 1. 60% of material production in German are considered in the technical textiles material category. 2) The global industry is a $200 billion market. 3. The textile industry in Europe right now is in a "pause" period, fueled in part by uncertainty as Europe waits for results of the upcoming European parlimentary elections and the global trade issues.
On the show floor, it looked like most of the display stands were busy with order-taking. Companies like Picanol and Miller Weldmaster seemed to be swamped with customers as I walked the aisles in Hall 3. At the Trelleborg Engineered Coatings booth, Katie Pearce, Global Marketing Manager, was showing the prototype of a smart knitted fabric mattress cover meant to monitor long-term bed-ridden patients. The cover had sensor embedded for the key body pressure points with the mattress such as shoulders, hips and toes and gave out a warning if the patient was stationary for too long. The product is made by Dartex Coatings, a subsidiary of Trolleborg.
INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
During the opening ceremony of Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, seven companies were presented with the renowned Techtextil Innovation Awards for textile products distinguished by a particularly high level of innovation. New this year, Techtextil honoured two award winners in the ‘Sustainability’ category. All award-winning projects will be on show in a special exhibition at Techtextil until Friday, May 17.
In the ‘Sustainability’ category, a Techtextil Innovation Award went to a working group comprising Comfil (Denmark), Chemosvit Fibrochem (Slovakia), the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT (Germany), the Technical University of Denmark and Centexbel (Belgium) for BIO4SELF, fully bio-based, self-reinforced polymer composites based on PLA fibres. These composites can be used in the fields of automobile manufacturing, the sports industry and medical technology. Moreover, they contribute to the sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations by promoting the transition to an inclusive green economy.
The second award in the sustainability category went to PICASSO, a joint venture of Portuguese project partners for the development of a coloration and functionalization process for garments based on natural extracts from residues and/or species of mushrooms and plants, as well as enzymes. The project partners are the Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI), the Tintex sustainable textiles company, spice and herb producer Ervital, biotech company Bioinvitro Biotecnologia and the CITEVE textile technology centre.
This is the 15th time that the Techtextil Innovation Awards have been presented for new developments in the field of technical textiles and textile production. The winning products can be seen at a special exhibition in Hall 4.2 throughout the fair. The concurrent Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, honored new technological developments with the Texprocess Innovation Award for the fifth time. Posted May 14, 2019
Record Number of Exhibitors for Shows. You had to stay alert while walking the trade show floor in Frankfurt this afternoon as forklifts and huge carts shuffled across as the Techtextil 2019 and Texprocess 2019 shows ready for opening on tomorrow. Messe Frankfurt has announced a record number of exhibitors for the co-located shows. Techtextil 2019 welcomes 1,501 exhibitors from 57 countries while Texprocess has 317 exhibitors from 34 countries. Watch for show reports this week.
Posted May 13, 2019
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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.
IFAI Expo 2018 was the first show under IFAI's new CEO/President Steve Schiffman. In a quick conversation on the first day, Mr. Schiffman thought event attendance was on target with the expectation of a 500 increase over the 4500 total participants (counting both exhibitors and visitors) they had in 2017 in New Orleans. Similarly, a conversation with one of the managers of ACMA, a partner in CAMX, said their pre-registration had already topped the 6500 they had last year in Orlando. (Keep in mind, though, the 2017 CAMX show had to be rescheduled from September to December because of Hurricane Irma.) Click here to read more about the shows.
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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